I always read the reviews before buying a book, and appreciate very much those who write them. So, when I review a book I try to do my best to be honest. And honestly... this was a BLAST to read!
I thought the first book in the series (The Backworlds) was a fun read... I was delighted to find this one topped it! Once I started, I didn't want to stop. M. Pax has the ability to create a vivid new universe inside my own imagination. The bio-engineered beings, the worlds, customs, ships, even clothing and food seem so real.
It was a fun romp through space and other worlds, with fascinating characters of all "kinds". I'd even venture to call Chocolate a character in THIS story! Danger, betrayal, spies, frizzers, gender-morphing beings, revenge, cruelty, friendship and tenderness... and of course, chocolate. ;-)
The story had so many surprise turns I had to buckle my seat belt. I'm not fond of "predictable" books. Can we say Borrriiinnnggg? But NOT THIS ONE! The characters, the pickles they got into, the worlds they were on--and inside of--had me shaking my head at the authors wild imagination. It had me asking "how do they THINK UP of these things??!!" And I thoroughly appreciated the ending. And no... no hints.
Yep... loved it. Honestly. Can't wait to read the next one in the series. And the next time I sit down to have my hot tea and chocolate... I think I'll take a long pause and remember what happened in this story!! :-O
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)