Book Review: Fall of Zona Nox

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Nicholas Woode-Smith is the author of more than 25 novels. This book Fall of Zona Nox was first published in 2013, though a new and revised version will be released later this year. This is the first novel in his Warpmancer series. I was able to complete an interview with Mr. Woode-Smith in May.

I received this book from the author during a promotion of the novel. I categorize this book as ‘R’ due to scenes of violence.

The planet Zona Nox is located on the frontier of human space. Life there was tough, particularly in the capital Galis City. There are several characters included in the novel. The three main characters are James Terrin, Danny Marzio, and Leri.

Terrin is a petty thief getting by in Galis City. That was before the Xank invaded Zona Nox. After that, his struggle was to stay alive and join the other humans resisting the invasion. Marzio was also from Galis City, but he was a mobster. He had run one of the many gangs that controlled Galis City. That didn’t mean much once the Xank invaded. After that, he was just one more human on the run from the invaders. Leri was a Zangorian serving in the Xank invasion forces. He wanted to lead his people from under the Xank control. He just needed to find the way.

I enjoyed the 14.5 hours I spent reading this 734-page science fiction novel. The novel started slow, but it did pick up as I read beyond the first few chapters. In some ways, the story reminded me of Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a rating of 4 out of 5.

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