Past meets future in this tale of giants, dwarves, starships, and medieval warriors.
A starship crashes in the land of giants and pits a space-faring race of humanoids against a barbarian race of warrior giants.
The Fomorian giants watch in awe as a celestial object streaks across the sky on the eve of Samhain, the bloodiest pagan festival of the year. Druids proclaim that it's the prophesied Destroyer, and that the end of the world is near.
Fomorian mission: seek and destroy whatever fell to Earth. Starship mission: stay alive.
One giant has his eye on the blonde-haired Brigit, whose fiancé awaits her in a nearby star system, and the giants attempt to barter for her. Refusing their "generous offer" could put the starship crew at even greater risk. Brigit's actions at the barter table stun the giants, who've never encountered a woman so brazenly bold.
Five humanoid races are plunged into a battle for supremacy - giant Fomorians, Humans, Bigfoots, extraterrestrial Tirnogians, and Fenn dwarves - as a child of prophecy lives hidden in the shadows, waiting to fulfill his destiny.
©2014 Sharon Delarose (P)2015 Sharon Delarose
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
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I requested this because I like this narrator, she is funny, and I think she is very talented...but this fell flat in so many areas...the world building was pretty good...but the story jumps around a lot and there isn't enough to it to justify all the jumping around in my opinion...YMMV! Narrator is good though!!!
Star Borne is an interesting mix of starships and ancient pagan origins. I will fully admit my knowledge of old Irish myth is scant at best, but some of the terms and names sounded familiar.
The story itself is entertaining and the world building was fantastic. While it may be my inexperience with this type of genre, the slightly detached narrative reminded several times of "Til We Have Faces." While I didn't bond with any of the individual characters because of this, I think it's a fitting way to tell an alternative myth. The terrible, the violent and the beautiful were all told in a fairly impassive tone.
I found Elan O'Connor to be an enjoyable reader, her accent fit well with the setting. If you love myth and scifi, you'll want to consider Star Borne. If you only like one or the other, you may still want to give it a shot, I think it has enough of both genres to keep any reader/listener's attention.
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Short but not-so sci-fi type story has more drama and family politics element to it, except for the names and the use of words technology and starship, the overall science fiction element is very scarce considering the book belongs to that genre.
The story starts out with a very chirpy Tirnogian blonde-haired girl asking for a last get-away trip with her father before her wedding with a handsome man in the near by “star system” and requesting the crew members of the starship, they’re travelling in, for a detour towards Fomorian Earth. Not surprisingly enough, they crash in the land on Earth and thus the actual family drama begins. Because of one mistake, these people are stranded in another system ruled by giants and struggling to be not destroyed by them.
The nomenclature seems way too complicated to get a grip on the story initially, but once you are aware of the characters the only thing matters is who is a giant, a Tirnogian, a Fenn, Bigfoot and a humanoid. Its a war between the races and is built up on a prophecy, eventually leading to the fall of evil. There were also multiple stories going on simultaneously which made it a little difficult to catch up, nevertheless, it was a quick and entertaining read, but not if you’re expecting something sci-fi type.
The writing was not flowy and smooth, so the time lapses were not noticeable. It didn’t seem like good story telling, although the story itself kept me interested to know the end.The war at the end was filled with action which contributed to about only last hour of the story. Elan O’Connor’s narration was not impressive but not bad, the voices felt a little high-pitched, although the variation was great, production was fine.
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Yes, enjoyed it very much
Star Borne is an interesting mix of starships and ancient pagan origins
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
I was lucky to win the audible version of this book. Luckily the Kindle version was and is free so I could do immersion reading. And the voice of Elan O'Connor, narrator kept me listening beyond the boring part.
I love sci-fi. I'm currently reading The Martian. Though it doesn't fit with my goal of books written by women authors about strong female characters, it could easily be. The main character isn't a macho type who demeans ladies. Ann McCaffery wrote my kind of sci-fi.
But here we are again... It started out in outer-space. I started liking one of the main characters, Brigit. But she sort of got lost in the story and then it became another excuse for a war.
Here you have a story with possibilities, of invention and exploration. What we end up with is a backward planet (Earth) who believed men should rule and fight, and women stay home and birth babies. Tell me, if the best fighter, killer, is the winner of any war, how is it possible to make a better world? And if women were in charge of that, they wouldn't want war. They don't want their sons or husbands or fathers to die. Why go through the trouble to birth these people to send them out to die?
On the other hand, this story is a representation of what could have happened in early Irish history. That there are stories that include THEE Brigit that include space travelers in it quite interesting. But that part of the tale came after the story was told. The author telling how the story came into being from research done before writing the fictional version.
So, hey, you may like it. Maybe, if you are like me, the narrator will win your heart, or the possibility that Brigit is from another world? Imagine if sci-fi was a record of history of a religion! Enjoy!
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