Review: J. Scott Coatsworth – Skythane

33899235Author: J. Scott Coatsworth
Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Mm Paranormal

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary: Jameson Havercamp, a psych from a conservative religious colony, has come to Oberon—unique among the Common Worlds—in search of a rare substance called pith. He’s guided through the wilds on his quest by Xander Kinnson, a handsome, cocky skythane with a troubled past.

Neither knows that Oberon is facing imminent destruction. Even as the world starts to fall apart around them, they have no idea what’s coming—or the bond that will develop between them as they race to avert a cataclysm.

Together, they will journey to uncover the secrets of this strange and singular world, even as it takes them beyond the bounds of reality itself to discover what truly binds them together.
Review: Xander Kinnson is a skythane (a winged man) on Oberon who picks up Jameson Havercamp, a psych from Beta Tau, both of them thinking it is part of a contract with OberCorp. However, being chased by OberCorp enforcers and narrowly escaping thanks to another skythane, Quince, shakes up the beliefs of both men, forcing an unplanned and uncertain alliance between the three of them and tests them physically as well as their beliefs of what they considered reality.
The story is told from Quince, Xander and Jameson’s point of view.

This is a fantastic story – and the first in the Oberon series – which is good since the book ended with a couple of twists with the characters! The book starts with a steady world building for Oberon and how it came to be the way that it is (which is not all that pretty), but also leaves you with plenty of questions for each of the characters!

Doing a review is going to be a challenge because I don’t like to give anything away, but I will say that Oberon, when approached, looks like a planet that was violently ripped in half. There are mines close to this edge known as the Outland, where technology does not work and a substance known as pith is mined for, which is an addictive substance that has become quite in demand. Perhaps due in part to pith addiction, the city seems to be run by the major corporation, OberCorp, or the crime body known as the Syndicate, run by the character of Rogan. What does become apparent through the story is that there are many things that are not what they seem, be it OberCorp, the Syndicate or even the three main characters of Quince, Xander and Jameson!

The story has elements of mystery, an action adventure story, multiple worlds and an unseen power that could be getting unstable even if many dismiss it as mere superstition. The characters are well written, with a story that starts out steady, but moves to a faster pace once all the parts and characters seem to be in play – but part of that could also be, as a reader, that you start reading faster because you want to know what happens! I do wish more was discovered about the character of Morgan, but as this is the first of the series, perhaps that will be explored in the future books.

If you are science fiction fan, who also likes combining stories of old ones with technology, I think you will enjoy this book. There is a romance aspect to it, but it is not the major part of the story and the few sex scenes are not overly graphic. I definitely recommend this to the science fiction fans and look forward to the next book!


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