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4.0 out of 5 starsA sci-fi novel that isn't too technical or far fetched to make sense
Reviewed in the United States on October 24, 2019
I am a fan of Louisa Locke's historical San Francisco mystery series and got a free book in the Paradisi Chronicles series. I am not generally a reader of sci-fi books, and the first one I read was hard to follow at times. The premise of this series is interesting and I have read several books. I think it would be necessary to read the previous books Locke has written for this one to make sense of the story line. The setting is 167 years after a group fleeing a deteriorating earth settled on a new planet that could support human life. The planet is inhabited by a race similar to humans from earth. There is also a group of people, not members of the original ten families who settled the planet, that were caught in some type of wormhole and arrived 150 years later. The founding families have tried to suppress all evidence of this group of people, but one small part of the Yu family, one of the founders, discovered their existence and is trying to help them. This part of the story is suspenseful and intriguing. I'm sure science fiction fans will enjoy this saga, but I also recommend it to mystery fans as well. I have also read books by Cheri Lasota, Rey Wright and Ashley Angelly in this series that I enjoyed. I am not a fan of the romance genre so I am not interested in those books in the series. I don't know how technical some of the other authors are, but these are definitely a good introduction to the series.
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2017
No spoilers.**I bought the second in this series the day it came out. When I finished the second in one afternoon, I saw this one had already been released and immediately downloaded it and finished it by the end of the night. I just had to know if Mei Lin and Jaxon would be able to accomplish the tasks they were facing and how their relationship developed. I have really enjoyed the world of Caelestis and all of the characters in it. I have read all of Louisa Locke's Victorian series, which is how I found the first of this series. Locke has this amazing ability to create characters that are so well-developed that you immediately care about them and want to go on whatever journey they're on with them. I also adore the sentient animals, who doesn't love talking critters! I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys sci-fi/historical fiction, and also the Victorian series as well. I would love to see this series continue and will definitely be checking into some of the other authors of the Paradisi Chronicles.
A mostly satisfactory conclusion to the story arc of this series. I would wish Alfred had been more satisfyingly ruined, but........ if this is not the definitive end of the series, then I guess we have our built in villain going forward. Not knowing if another book about Mei Lin will be forthcoming makes this a bittersweet ending. I have enjoyed every moment of my time with Mei Lin and the “good side” of her family, and I am sad to leave, but I am thankful the story was concluded in a positive way that lets me go with fond memories and no regrets.
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2018
This is a really good stand alone fantasy novel that also continues the series set on Ddaera, a planet like Earth settled around 150 years before the story opens. Features people and large cats with some telepathic abilities, though many won't accept that. Thoroughly believable universe, excellent plot, and great characters. Along the same lines as McCraffrey's dragonriders or Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover, only this author is still alive to delight us with more!
This is one of the Paradisi Chronicles books, the third of this series, by one of my favorite mystery authors. She's also my favorite future world author. Silence is the animal pictured on the cover - a hybrid creature on a new, future world. A rousing adventure as well as a fascinating study of unknown (invented) cultures.
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2018
Louisa Locke writes excellent stories. Her SciFi series has reminded me of what I like about good (in my opinion) writing. Tight story lines without the dreadfully trite tropes that often abound. A fine read! My only "complaint" is that I want the story to go further