Two very different civilizations—one bathed in bright sunlight, and the other veiled in shadow.
Bad decisions, declining resources, and a king on the brink of madness force Prince Varo Kutchif, third son of the royal family and a starship captain, to attempt the impossible: barter for Black Phospolrock, an energy source the mysterious Helkan kingdom has in abundance. Varo opens a line of communication with Adlar, an intriguing Helkan who seems to reciprocate Varo’s interest. He hopes so, because if negotiations collapse, Varo has orders to attack.
The Helkans preside over a planet shrouded in perpetual darkness. Several species have tried to exploit its natural resources through trade with them, but all have failed. Adlar Mondur is the older brother to the Helkan ruler. An assassin of the highest order, he’ll do anything to protect his king and his people—including tracking down the Yesri prince who crash-lands on their planet, leaving an ugly scar across its untouched beauty.
This is a very difficult book for me to review. I have read sci-fi books by Church in the past, and LOVED them. So when I seen that this was Church’s newest release, and on top of that a sci-fi one? I couldn’t get to read it soon enough.
But this book just left me wanting. While it was an interesting story, to me it felt like it had been watered down a bit. The scenes where I would expect there to be a fair bit of emotion and drama? There was barely any there.
I couldn’t really connect with the characters as easily as I have been able to with Church’s books in the past, and I really think that’s part of why I had the issues that I had with this book.
Overall – it was a good read, but it left me wanting for something more. I would say that if your new to the sci-fi genre, then check this book out.