Book Review – “Sacred Planet” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Austin Rogers. This is Mr. Rogers first publication. This is the first novel in his “Dominion” series.
I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. The story is set in the far future. Humanity has spread throughout the stars. There are several principal characters in this story, though the young woman Sierra Falco seems to be the most central.
Falco is the daughter of the Carinian Prime Minister. The Republic of Carina is one of the principal forces in the galaxy. The spacecraft Falco is traveling on is attacked and she is the only survivor. She is rescued by Davin the small crew of his salvage vessel. They are chased by those within the Carinian government that want war with the Sagittarians. While she is with them, she and Davin begin to develop feelings for one another.
The story also follows events that are playing out within the Sagittarian Regnum. There are political and military actions taking place within their borders and on worlds within the adjoining Voluntarist Network of planets.
Then there is Earth and the Terran Confederacy. Earth has become the religious pilgrimage point for the galaxy. For some, Earth is considered the key to controlling the galaxy.
I enjoyed the nearly 11 hours I spent reading this 366 page Science Fiction novel. Because of the scope of characters and the political intrigue involved it reminds me of the “Game of Thrones” and “The Wheel of Time” series. Even with the large scope of the novel, the story was fast paced. I enjoyed the story, though the writing was not quite as good as that produced by more experienced authors. The cover art is very SciFi and I like it, but does not really relate to the majority of the story. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.
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