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Vanessa grew up in Cape Town, and still lives there with her husband of fifteen years, her baby daughter and plenty of furry, four-legged ‘children’.
Her passion for the written word started her career as an editor and copywriter, and she part-ran a writers’ critique group for close on seven years. She's been writing ever since she learnt how, has always been an avid reader, and currently lives on coffee and cigarettes.
Her interests include reading, photography, the supernatural, life's mysteries and martial arts, of which she has five years’ experience.
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on Aug. 12, 2014 :
Creator Species is primarily about the monk Arthean, whose faith in the Creator of All is tested. The doubt and fear of the Harvester aliens’ power has tainted him. Now, more than ever, the desperate and impulsive Arthean needs the support of his bold and confident friend Liam if he is to remain strong and faithful.
I was pleasantly surprised at the return to the amazing Tridor Monastery, which gave more scope for visually imaginative description. I enjoyed the presence of the new characters, even if I didn’t feel a connection with all of them. The pilot Blake’s sense of humour was a good contrast to Arthean’s sulkiness. I also found the Harvester aliens to be more sinister, devious, and interesting.
Half way through the story there was a good build-up to a mini-adventure into the catacombs, with debate, maps and interaction. All of a sudden, a particular informative conversation explained what I felt was too much at once regarding the Harvesters’ fears and plans. I also thought the adventure went in circles sometimes when the main characters would remember some fact they had initially forgotten the first time.
About 80% through, there was a really absorbing and energetic debate about the origins of aliens and humanity. From there, the energy and the action completely captured my imagination with new ideas and concepts. Creator Species is definitely worth the read. It is an enjoyable continuation of the series, and I certainly want to read Legends of Origin 4!
(reviewed long after purchase)