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Smashwords book reviews by Crysania

  • Astra: Synchronicity on Feb. 06, 2011

    The fact that it only took me a few days to read this book should tell you something: I really really enjoyed it. Usually if it takes me weeks to finish a book it's either some dense non-fiction thing that I have to keep thinking about to really get or a novel I'm really not that into. Well, that was definitely not the case here. Astra: Synchronicity gripped me from the start. From the first sentence, I was into the book. There's nothing better than an author that can pull you in from the first page and make you want to find out more and Eskra succeeds very well with that. The book tells the story of Amii Martin, a woman who has lost her memory in a strange accident and Magnius Zoleki, a man blessed (or cursed, depending on how you look at it) with psionic abilities. Magnius is an incredible telepath, something he has hidden for his entire life due to humanity's persecution of psions. He is being hunted by an old mentor, someone who is trying to bring him back into the fold in an attempt to destroy those who have persecuted and destroyed her kind. Amii is desperately trying to find out more about who she is while being on the run with the only man who has ties to her past. To complicate matters, there's also a wide array of political machinations and an alien race that humanity is trying to make contact with. Eskra's writing makes this all easy to digest and the plot moves along quickly, with just enough description to make the characters and world both vivid and interesting. I can always tell when a writer is good when I finish a chapter and feel like I wasn't reading, but instead was watching a movie inside my head. I'm pleased to say that occurred many times while reading this book. The book is ultimately part sci-fi, part thriller, with just a dash of romance. I'm looking forward to the next installment in the series!
  • Astra: The Reckoning on April 01, 2011

    This is the second book in the Astra trilogy. The story picks up where the last book left off and immediately launches you into the action. The plot is fast-paced and exciting, with many twists and turns. There were some twists in this book that left me breathless with surprise but at the same time made me go "ah ha! that all makes sense now!" I think it's great when an author can throw a twist into a story that is utterly unexpected and yet makes complete sense. It's even better when you didn't realize you were missing a part of the picture until the picture has become complete. It shows great finesse and shows that Eskra's plots are well-designed and her writing absolutely solid. The characters, who were first introduced in Astra: Synchronicity, become even more real and grow in various ways. No one is static in this book and the characters are clearly being put to the test through this entire book. Each of the main characters has their own story arc that is connected to the main story, yet separate and individual at the same time. And don't think these changes are simple nor easy. There are many "growing pains" through this book and still obviously more to come. The main story arc is not complete and neither are the character arcs. I'm very much looking forward to the next book in the series! I can't wait to see where she takes these characters and this story next.