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Jeno Marz is a writer from Latvia, Northern Europe, with background in electronics engineering and computer science.
She writes hard science fiction incorporating military, high-tech, science, horror, romance, and family relationships themes. All her fiction is aimed at an adult audience.
Jeno is currently working on Falaha's Journey, a xenocentric sci-fi trilogy of novellas. The first part of the trilogy, Descent (2012), and the second book, The Pit (2013), are now published. The third story of the trilogy, Perseverance, will be released in June 2014.
Jeno also discusses fiction world building on her blog.
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on July 17, 2013 :
Descent, the first part of Falaha's Journey trilogy, does a good job introducing some of the main characters -- and I say some, because I've got the feeling we will meet a couple more in the next book(s) -- and the main over-arching conflict.
The characters (even the supporting cast) are well-developed and the main ones have plenty of room to grow during the course of the next two books. The narrator and MC is a five-year-old girl, Falaha. Another main character is introduced later in (he even gets his POV time in the end), and this is where the story really picks up pace with plenty of tension and excitement. Falaha is unique, interesting and complex character, and the male leads have some secrets up their sleeves. Every one of them is likeable in one way or another, and you'll get attached to the main cast by the end of this part, if not earlier. The dialogue is always natural and believable.
The ending is unexpected and will leave you wanting to know what happens next.
This is fast-paced, multilayered story set in the tightly constructed universe. Every word counts, nothing is wasted.
The story is episodic and some might feel uncomfortable with that, but the plot is imaginative and well thought out.
One more thing needs to be said here -- there are no humans in this story and not everyone might like sci-fi without human characters or any connections to the fate of humanity/Earth in some way.
Overall a very enjoyable read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)