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This Book *IS* Part of the Confluence Series! Really! It just seems at first that it isn't!
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2017
Dear reader, you should know that this book may at first seem as if it is not part of the series. Do not despair! I bought it and book #4 at the same time and almost returned this one because, seemingly out of the blue (or black, of space? Right?) there are suddenly different characters and a different story and gee whiz *this* can't be part of the series... Well, yes actually, it is! It is a wonderful, scary, edge-of-your-seat breathless OMG kindofa sortofa spinoff, with a brave young heroine who is tough as nails and whip smart. If you have read the first two books the tie-in will begin to make sense pretty soon in this one. I have the entire series so far, four books, and am now waiting with bated breath for the fifth and onward! Jennifer Foehner Wells is an astonishing world builder. *Universe* builder. I don't want to get all gushy but jeepers, I wish I could write like she does, and by all accounts she is very nearly a beginner? Am I reading that right? My big thing is that I like sci-fi and fantasy fine but it must be *character driven.* If I can't relate to, or learn to love the characters, I will put it down. Jennifer writes People! Personalities! Not all of them are nice. The nice ones are not nice all the time. The maybe not-so-nice ones are not completely evil except maybe one (no spoilers here I hope). Even bystanders have at least some dimension. She refers to the sentients as, um, sentients. People, not necessarily human. It doesn't matter what they look or smell like or whether they have audible voices or are even air breathers; they are sentient, self aware, and as capable of good and/or not as any other sentient being. Some of her science may be a stretch (it is science *fiction* after all) but it is more than believable enough to suit me, and all of the main characters are so well fleshed out that that's plenty to hold my interest plus make me salivate for book 5. There are a few peripheral folks throughout the series who are maybe a little more unidimensional, but some of them appear in one book, disappear, then reappear in another book. Give them time. They will grow.