All Adrian Stannis wanted was a quiet corner of the galaxy where he could work on his beloved scientific experiments, but unfortunately, he was born into a world at war, where his people are struggling for survival against a vastly superior alien invasion force and he is a genius who was trained for the very thing he hates, the creation of deadly weapons.
Not to mention, he appears to have been genetically mated to a telepath by his government and he doesn’t find her…uninteresting. In fact, she appears quite intelligent.
So what will happen to this solitary man when his peace is shattered in every way possible and there is nowhere left to run?
Adrian, Kali and Adrian’s personal assistant, Bryce are finally free of the oppressive Empire. They hide on a planet called, Orasis, a tech-4 world on the Outer Rim whose only usefulness is a low-grade source of Tri-Iridium ore. Not the kind of place to find the most advanced weapons scientist in the galaxy. Things go well, relatively, and Adrian and Kali finally have time to develop the relationship they didn’t think possible. Adrian and Bryce even start up their own fix-it business.
Then a stranger arrives on the planet.
As a scifi fan I pretty feel like I have read it all. It’s hard to imagine that there is anything new that could possibly be thought of that hasn’t already been written or portrayed on movies/film. Elizabeth Lang brings new depth to the genre. This series almost falls into the space opera (romance)/ military fiction realm. Both books felt fast paced but Empire did drag a bit in spots. This could be due to the fact it was the first book which usually holds a lot more info. I liked the idea of the psi abilities that the female MC (Kali) had and how it helped the male MC (Adrian) get past things that happened in the past. The Empire ends abruptly so if you don’t have patience make sure you have the next book, The Rebels, on hand. It’s a great series and I am really curious about how exactly the next book is going to go. There is quite the twist in The Rebels.
Solid scifi: 4 stars
About the author:
Elizabeth Lang is first and foremost, a geek with the obligatory love of science fiction and fantasy. She spent most of her life in the computer industry designing computer systems for world domination the mundane industry of life insurance, which is surprisingly, not as exciting as it sounds.
Now she creates enchanted worlds of magic, explores the human condition in the light of future technology and civilizations, and dreams about world domination. Or at least, some of her characters do.
Her first book, The Empire was fortunate enough to be a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and she has never looked back.
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