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on July 28, 2012 :
A 4 star Firefly meets Spelljammer pageturner.
Voidhawk is the adventures of a man and his companions on the spaceship he found abandoned. His crew is a quirky band of misfits and the captain hides his heart of gold behind a gruff exterior. Sounds like Firefly/Serenity, which is probably why I loved this book so much!
The big difference between Voidhawk and Firefly is the setting. Rather than a science fiction setting, this book is set in a Dungeons and Dragons fantasy setting that reminded me of the Spelljammer setting from 2nd edition. In fact, the Spelljammer setting fits so well that I wonder if it didn't influence Joss Whedon.
Jason Halstead has crafted a great fantasy homage to Firefly which reads well. It kept me turning the metaphorical page and I will definitely buy the other novels in this series.
(review of free book)
on Nov. 27, 2011 :
Voidhawk’s world is a combination of star ship science fiction and fantasy with swords, elves, magic, pirates and sailing ships that look like those of the seventeenth century but sail the void between stars using solar winds and surrounded by an air bubble. I really liked the image of sailing ships in space and enjoyed the mad mix of elements.
The story is about a guy called Dexter who gets his own ship and sets off to seek his fortune. The book didn’t hook me immediately because the plot suffers from a lack of a clear antagonist to give it an overall direction and cohesion, rather it is a series of adventures through which Dexter finds his crew. However, what the book loses in a wandering plot, it gains in the characters. Once I got to know Dexter, I didn’t want to leave him. Dexter is what I call a noble character, a tough but good man with firm principles that include compassion and equality for all, and his character has a positive affect on the rest of the crew who are a motley lot that he picks up from various terrible situations. Once the romance kicks in, the plot has more direction to hold it together and it takes us deeper into Dexter and Jenna’s characters, all good stuff that made the initial plot weakness fade into insignificance.
The major issue I had with this book was the head-hopping, jumping from one person’s thoughts to another’s without warning. It made for a very rough ride and most of it was completely unnecessary. We didn’t need to know what every person on the crew was thinking. We could have had Dexter and Jenna’s as the main point of views and the occasional chunk from one or two of the others when absolutely necessary. As it was, the constant popping in and out of different people’s thoughts kept pulling me out of the story. If that doesn’t bother you, and the world and characters appeal, then definitely read this one.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)