“Skeen’s Leap” eBook was published in 2016 (the original paper edition was published in 1986) and was written by Jo Clayton (http://joclayton.deepgenre.com). Ms. Clayton published 35 novels and numerous short stories.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. The story is set on another world. The primary character is Skeen, a young woman who has done many things, most outside of the law.
While hunting for relics to sell, she is trapped on a primitive world. She sets out to find the mysterious race of Ykx who may hold the key to unlocking the gateway that will allow her to go back home. She begins alone, but over her quest she gathers an odd band of followers. They encounter one trial after another, but together they are able to fight their way to the Ykx.
This was a strange 9.5 hour read of 275 pages. I almost called a “Rule of 50” at the beginning, but trudged on in the book. The author created any number of odd names and words which made the reading more difficult. There were many side stories told as Skeen made her journey. Some more relevant than others. The book cover is interesting, but far from how I visualized Skeen to look. The book has an element of Science Fiction, but at least this volume of the trilogy leans more to Fantasy. Sometimes the book moved along smoothly, at others it seemed to drift. I give this novel a 3 out of 5.
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