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A Truly Great Series!
Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2016
Without a doubt, Richard Fox is one of the best authors I have read in years. I have read each of the entries in the Ember War Saga and I am happy to say that the series is getting better and better with each new entry. Book 5, The Gardens of Nibiru, is no exception. Fox has woven together a compelling universe with its own lore and the characters contained therein are endearing. One cannot help but grow close to the characters in the series and develop a strong sense of empathy. I appreciate the diversity of alien races introduced by Fox across the series from the noble Karigole, the devious and antagonistic Toth, and the mysterious and deadly Xaros.
I particularly appreciate Fox's ability to weave together a story filled with exciting plot twists and turns, which all feel natural to the events being told in the series. The story progression has a natural flow to it. I also appreciate Fox's tendency to use plot points and occurrences from past books (which seemed innocuous at the time) to help cause/advance entirely new plot points as the story progresses. It is clear that these stories are well-planned and as a reader, I love being "rewarded" for paying careful attention to detail as I read with a return to an earlier point.
I happen to be an attorney by trade, which means I, too, write for a living (though it's not nearly as fun as writing sci-fi, I am sure). With that said, I truly appreciate reading an author who maintains the right flow, pacing, and language throughout. Fox definitely has that gift, and it's awesome. There are some other sci-fi writers simply do not, unfortunately, and it shows in their final product. Lastly, I have to comment on how impressive it is that Fox is able to release new entries in the series within a few months of the previous.
With all of that said, please do yourself a favor and check out the Ember War Saga! I don't think you will be disappointed at all.