The Andromeda's Ghost
by Becca Fox
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Pub Date 16 Jul 2020 | Archive Date 04 Jun 2020
Fifty years after humanity desperately sought and found a new home on Jurthaan IV, tension with neighboring planet Palnach necessitates a peace treaty as well as the arranged marriage of Princess Kylee Wen Dao to Palnach’s Prince Maju.
Taren Platinum is the best—now banished—guard on Princess Kylee’s security team. He’s also in love with her. After crashing the royal wedding, rescuing the princess, and fleeing Jurthaan IV in a stolen spacecraft, Taren finds himself on the run with Kylee, pursued by soldiers from both Jurthaan IV and Palnach.
The lovers crash-land on Cartiss, leaving them stranded on a dying planet with targets on their backs. To escape, Taren must repair the ship with the help of a select few trustworthy citizens from the downtrodden city of Hurren. Without an official governing authority, the local gangsters are running Hurren and refusing to spread the wealth.
While Taren’s priority is getting off Cartiss and disappearing somewhere safe, Kylee believes he has what it takes to turn things around in Hurren. Drawing attention to himself is the last thing he wants to do, but his princess is right. If there’s one thing Taren can’t overlook, it’s those who threaten the lives of innocents, even when his own life is on the line.
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Average rating from 8 members
Ok. Wow. Where do I start.
Firstly, I received access to a free pre published version of this book for a limited time via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Now for the book.
Initial thoughts when I started was : alright this is fairly interesting, some good nifty gadgets and some very interesting interplanetary politics.
A love story cut short is not always what most people like but this was so good. The frustration, the helplessness and desperation of a person stranded on an unfamiliar planet is so well captured you could almost imagine it in real life.
The world building in my opinion is exceptional and details were well researched. I liked the diversity. Not just one type of people or beings but a variety which makes this world more dimensional .
Best part about this book:
I love the characters. I love the heart warming moments that appear at just the right time.
"Broken pieces stick together." That's The Quote of this book. .
A man named Tarren is one of the guards assigned to the princess Kylee. Unfortunately, from spending time together, they get to know each other quite well. Inevitably they fall in love. Kylee is supposed to be married soon to a prince in an advantageous marriage. She can only be together with Tarren away from her duty to marry a prince she’s never met.
Unfortunately, they are chased by guards and end up crash landing on a different planet than they intended to go. It is not a friendly place. Outside the cities it is covered by desert with a hostile climate and dangerous beasts. Inside the cities, there is rampant corruption and crime that are mostly run by criminals and mob bosses. Against these odds, including having very little money, Tarren has to repair the ship, all the while staying under the radar of the men looking for him and the princess. Eventually a criminal cartel is trying to find him as well.
The pace of the book picks up quickly after the crash. Tarren ends up picking up stray children when he runs into them in places and situations children should never be inside the city. His new little group helps him as much as they can, astonished he cares about them. As luck would have it, one of them even knows a bit about fixing the ship’s computers.
I don’t want to give too much away about how things end up. It’s an exciting book with various twists that I didn’t really see coming (though there was a couple I rather did). This was a fun sci-fi read with suspense and action that kept me wanting to know what happened next.
The end of the book suggests there might be a sequel and if there is I look forward to reading it.
Former bodyguard Taren, kidnaps/rescues Princess Kylee as she is walking down the aisle to marry another. Together, they flee in a stolen spaceship. After being shot down and stranded on Cartiss, they must evade the royal guards and find enough supplies in the mafia ruled town of Hurren.
This was a well written, and interesting book. I generally do not go for sci-fi books, but I thought the premise of this one was intriguing. The characters were well defined, and although slightly stereotypical, were dynamic enough to keep me interested. I would like to read more from this author.
I enjoyed this book. It has potential for a good series. Good writing, storyline, dialog and action. I recommend checking it out. I think you'll like it.
Taren Platinum planned to kidnap the princess. It didn’t turn out the way he wanted. So what’s next?
What’s next is a question throughout The Andromeda's Ghost. A repair mission on a desolate planet wasn’t as straightforward as it seemed. Once Taren encountered the ghost of the crashed spaceship Andromeda, the story turned in ways that he - and the reader - could never have expected. But it all made sense.
In The Andromeda's Ghost, Becca Fox laid out a journey that was fun to share.Introducing the ghost allowed her to tell her tale with dialogue instead of narrative. World building is a challenge, since the author has to walk the fine line between fleshing out the setting without getting bogged down with excessive prose. The balance was terrific, using concise descriptions that made it easy to create a picture in your mind. Each new character was unique, well-developed, and interesting. The story goes into unexpected but reasonable directions, because the characters’ actions were consistent with their values. For example, when a character pops up in a place where she's not expected, she has a reasonable explanation why.
The book is the start of The Andromeda Chronicles. I can’t wait to read her next book.