Author: Tabitha Lord
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Goodreads Synopsis: Caeli Crys isn’t living—she’s surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. When she feels the injured pilot suffering from miles away, she can’t help but risk discovery to save his life.Commander Derek Markham awakens stranded on an uncharted planet. His co-pilot is dead, his ship is in ruins, and he’s only alive because a beautiful young woman is healing him with her mind.As Derek recovers, Caeli shares the horror of her past and her fear for the future. When Derek’s command ship, Horizon, sends rescue, Derek convinces Caeli to leave with him. But his world is as treacherous as hers—full of spies, interplanetary terrorist plots, and political intrigue. Soon the Horizon team is racing to defend an outlying planet from a deadly enemy, and Caeli’s unique skills may just give them the edge they need to save it.
I was very interested in reading this novel, it had my full attention the minute I read about Caeli and her “unique skills”. I found that I read through the first few chapters pretty quickly and came to like Caeli and her care for others even when she didn’t know who they were or what they were capable of. Right away I’m shown her first ability, which is connecting with another’s mind and feeling their emotions, the energy they give off. Along with so much more that is rare among the Novali.
“And the healing part, tell me more about that,’ he prodded, now that she was opening up. Her shoulders relaxed, and she even smiled a little. ‘Much of my education is in human anatomy, physiology, and natural pharmacology, but I can also diagnose illness and injury with my mind. It’s like I can see inside the body with a different part of my brain,’ she explained, her voice animated. ‘I can effect change too, but it costs me a lot of energy to do it, so that’s really a last resort.”
As I read through more of the novel, I was taken into Caeli’s world and how she ended up where she was at, all alone in the wilderness, without any place to truly call home anymore. I was set up and ready to go with that story-line, saving Derek’s life after his spacecraft crashed onto her planet and maybe joining forces to fight for her people that were still left standing in her decimated home. It quickly shifted gears, leaving her planet with Derek to solve his issues elsewhere.
I felt that the world in Horizon was being set up for what needed to happen on Caeli’s planet, for her and Derek to be the ones to stop the war there, but second half into the book it shifts into Derek’s mission to save everyone that’s being endangered outside of that world. I like it to a certain extent, just felt more like it was two different stories with the same characters, a separate adventure mixed in. I would have enjoyed it much more if it had been all of one or the other.
“The only things about his world that she knew were what he’d shared, and the only person she had a connection to was him. And once again she would be leaving the home she knew for one she didn’t. The thought of it was suddenly overwhelming and exhausting.”
There was so much going on that I felt conflicted by it; really liked several parts of it and found I didn’t care for several others. Sometimes it seemed like too many characters were being incorporated to the story, at other times I enjoyed the new faces. It mostly had to do with me having issue with the two different agendas the main character’s had and Caeli conforming to all of it because it was Derek asking, the only person she felt she had left with a more intimate connection.
I will be starting Infinity soon, which is the second book in the series, and I have a feeling I’m going to enjoy it more as all of Caeli’s story has been laid out and Derek has settled his scores (well mostly). Looking forward to how everything plays out in the next book and hoping it has some sort of good ending/start for her planet before heading off in a different direction.
***I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***