Tacenda by Christine Vann is a brilliant example of a first contact science fiction. The plot revolves around the two main characters Arucken, a nestling, and Kerris, a human partnered into his service. Life as a cross-species team is never easy, especially when so few humans seemed to successfully accept the pairing. Their latest orders send them to Maylith Tara with a delivery of fresh seedlings from the seedport, and a message. But the delivery of this message opens a whole new problem. Something has happened to the children of the newest colony, they are wild, aggressive, and no longer able to recognise or communicate with their parents. It seems their request for aid has gone unheard, fortunately it’s a plight Arucken and Kerris cannot ignore.
I found this book to be an enjoyable read, it was written in a style which would appeal to both adults and young adults. The author’s writing flows easily, generating tension where needed. One of the things I enjoyed most were the few short chapters which were written from Lily’s perspective. They were written in a completely different style and really added to the overall reading experience.
The author, despite the main story occurring on Maylith Tara, excellently provides a scope and vastness to their universe. I am a bit of a Trekie, and within the plot I saw many of the things I enjoy so much about the series, and I don’t just refer to advanced technology. It is a compelling and interesting read that expertly combines integration of humans and aliens, along with all the struggles that would accompany such thing.
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K.J. Simmill is an award-winning British author with books published in both the fantasy and non-fiction genres. (see books here: viewAuthor.at/KJSimmill )
She is a wife and mother and in her free time, if she isn’t writing, you’ll find her either engrossed in her latest read, or lost in the world of gaming.
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