I'm an eclectic reader and if the book description sounds good, I will read it no matter what the genre. With sci-fi books, one can expect all kinds of world-building and, of course, space travel. This book had both. Read my review and enter to win one of 5 prize packages that contains: Horizon (Book #1) and Infinity (Book #2) by Tabitha Lord and a $10 Amazon gift card!
Book Title: Horizon by Tabitha Lord
Category: Adult Fiction, 314 pages
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release date: December 2015
Tour dates: May 22 to July 14, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There are a few, moderately explicit sex scenes, genocide, rape, and f-words.)
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 found this aspect of the story fascinating. Caeli uses her powers for good as the Novali people are taught to do from childhood, but the Amathi people, the enemies, all but destroyed the Novali and want to use their power as a weapon. When Caeli's story is recounted, it felt like I was reading a dystopian novel, a genre I enjoy. Toward the second half of the book, it shifts to the setting of space and Horizon, Derek's spaceship. I thoroughly enjoyed Caeli's and Derek's story, and their romance too.
Derek is part of the Alliance and he is on a mission which ties in to Caeli's world. There is action, political intrigue, romance and sci-fi adventure in this novel. The author builds her characters well and distinctly and I liked both the main characters and the secondary ones.
The story ends with a tie-in for the second book Infinity, which I am currently reading. There is content in this novel for those readers sensitive to violence and f-words. The sex scenes are not explicit, including the rape scene.
Tabitha Lord has created an exciting series in Horizon and I look forward to reading more of her work!
Tabitha currently lives in Rhode Island. She is married, has four great kids, two spoiled cats, and lovable lab mix. Her degree is in Classics from College of the Holy Cross and she taught Latin for years at an independent Waldorf school, where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.
Tabitha’s debut novel, Horizon, won the Writer’s Digest Grand Prize for Self-Published Fiction in 2016, and was named finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and National Indie Excellence Awards. Infinity, the second book in the Horizon series, will be released in June 2017. Her short story “Homecoming” appears in the anthology Sirens, edited by Rhonda Parrish and published by World Weaver Press, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also a senior editor for www.BookClubBabble.com.
Visit her blog at www.tabithalordauthor.com where she discusses favorite topics including parenting, teaching, and her writing journey.
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