Was Once a Hero
by Edward McKeown
This is the kind of Science Fiction with military-space opera and aliens that I thoroughly enjoy. Robert Fenaday and his somewhat trustworthy mash-up of a crew take on a mission to reunite a planet with its native sentient species at the barrel of a gun. Doing battle with an ancient and powerful foe which killed off an entire planets occupants the crew of the Sidhe (pronounced ‘she’) will have to rely on people they would never turn their backs on in the bright light of day.
I have not thought of an alien being that resembled an otter the size of a human in puberty before and it seems reminiscent of the Beaver from the Chronicles of Narnia. To often in contemporary Science Fiction do authors neglect the possibility that we will encounter life out there not like us. Works like this are necessary to prepare us with an open mind.
Excellent world building, awe-inspiring looks at where the human species may go and top-notch editing define this work. It took me nearly a year to reach it in my ‘to be read’ pile but I am glad that I did.
I give this work five out of five stars and advise you parents out there to let your teenager read this book, it won’t harm them at all.