The “Lodestone Series” is the best indie sci-fi show that I have ever read! It combines all of the elements that I look for in science fiction: strong plot with surprises thrown in, strong characters, intriguing mythology, and overall story development.
What happens after the good guys save the world? Mark Whiteway’s Eternity’s Shadow answers that question for Keris, McCann, Boxx, and others, but not in the way which I thought it would. Instead, Eternity's Shadow continues the story line delving into the civilization of an alien world’s past while also following Keris’ quest to save the world (yet again). The trick is whether the book can pull off these simultaneous story lines without becoming redundant.
Surprisingly, it does.
There is a different feel with this book. It feels more evolved. The characters are the same and the situation is slightly the same, but they are more comfortable in the environment and able to express more of themselves. Keris is still as warlike as ever, but she is more reflective. She finds a great partner in Juca. Boxx is still characteristically an ally to Keris’ group. but she is now has an established place with the Chandara. Other characters like Zemira and Ash return, but their allegiances are criss-crossed with the passage of time.
It was a great read, especially if you want to get lost in a world of aliens and starship battles on an alien planet where things aren’t quite what they seem.
Mark Whiteway is the best in indie sci-fi!