Book Title: Infinity by Tabitha Lord
Category: Adult Fiction, 304 pages
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release date: June 6, 2017
Tour dates: May 22 to July 14, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (violence, non-explicit sex, language)
In the second installment of the award-winning Horizon series, Dr. Caeli Crys returns to her war-torn world to fight for those she left behind.
Almagest, Caeli’s home, stands on the brink of revolution. Long hidden from the rest of the galaxy, the once-peaceful planet suffers under a regime that grows more violent and oppressive by the day. Marcus, Almagest’s dictator, is building an arsenal of alien weaponry by selling empathic children into slavery. A resistance has risen, but they are outmanned, outgunned, and in hiding.
Joined by Commander Derek Markham and his elite squadron of operatives, Caeli embarks on a dangerous mission to find the Resistance, rescue her captive people, and save her civilization from destruction.
Infinity is the second book in the Horizon series, which I read and enjoyed. The books are not stand-alone and Infinity continues from where Horizon left off. I enjoyed once again revisiting with the cast of characters from Horizon. This time, they return to the planet Almagest to join the Resistance fighters that Caeli was once a part of. The Novali people, who are peaceable and empathic, are being held prisoners and their children used and sold as weapons to mercenaries. Derek, who is part of the Alliance, is given the mission to assist the Resistance fighters.
The author does a fantastic job of seamlessly continuing the story began in Horizon. She raises the stakes in this one, making this book much more emotional than the first. As a reader I was pulled into the resistance cause, with almost non-stop action heavy with bloody fighting and loss of loved ones. Once again, there is suspenseful action, political intrigue, romance and sci-fi adventure in this novel. Both Derek and Caeli's characters continue to grow and the secondary ones continue to play significant roles. The author is not afraid to push her characters to the limit, both physically, mentally and emotionally.
I am now invested in this series and know there will be another book since this one ends with an epilogue that's a heart-pounding opening for the next book. There is only one part of the book that I found somewhat disruptive. We are introduced to a backstory that I'm assuming took place a thousand years back that explains how the Novali people got their empathic powers. This backstory brought on a full set of new characters and new plot and it was interspersed throughout the novel. It was like reading a whole new novella within a novel. It took me awhile to understand what the backstory was about and I wished the author had used another method or eliminated this part altogether, although it felt like this story wasn't complete and may continue in the third book.
There is content in this novel for those readers sensitive to warfare and torture violence and f-words. The sex scenes are not explicit.
Tabitha Lord has created an exciting series in Horizon and Infinity and I eagerly look forward to reading the third book!
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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.
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