Strangers in the Gale
Children of the Three Suns

Amazon Breakthrough Award - Editorial Review

This excerpt reminds me a lot of Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Windup Girl" with its attention to characer development and plotting as well as its fine prose. This is one of the best written excerpts I have encountered so far in reviewing potential candidates for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. IMHO this novel - if it is ever published - could earn the writer nominations for some of fantasy and science fiction's best literary honors, including the Nebula, Hugo and John W. Campbell Awards.


Publisher's Weekly Review

This is a beautiful well-told tale, interweaving exquisite depictions of nature and deep thoughts on destiny with thrilling airborne chase scenes and clumsy attempts at love. The politics are as tumultuous as the weather on Ondas, an ocean-dominated planet that produces frequent, destructive storms. The League, a interplanetary government that has managed to colonize Ondas despite the sluggishness of its bureaucracy, is preparing Pacification 2, to wipe out any indigenous population left after the first massacre. The remaining Daalv are silent spiritualists who communicate telepathically on their floating villages. A lost Daalvyn child wins the hearts of and inspires to action members of various disgruntled ethnic groups, including a meditative Cleric, a pair of stoic Vicans, and two Uduanis: an irreverent biologist and a botanist who continues to search for her murdered uncle’s memoirs despite a demotion by the League to discourage her. To defeat the League, these groups must learn to trust each other amid shifting identities, developing attractions, and changing loyalties. Tension between warring factions culminates in three fierce battles on the eve of a momentous event: The two suns, Mother Light and Father Star, are about to join for the first time in 39 years, signifying the unification and elevation of consciousness. A more spectacular scene is expected after all the buildup to the solar convergence, and having characters state the lessons they learned at the end is a bit on the nose. But this is a story of personal and planetary transformation that will stay with readers long after they close the book.

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