by E.E. Knight
This is the second installment in this series and it is well crafted. Wistala is the sister of Auron, who escaped the slayers in book one. She got separated from Auron and found her wounded father. Lots of other escapades befall her as she grows, befriends a kindly old elf, becomes a librarian, a fortune teller and the mastermind of…payback. You will not be disappointed as the telling of this tale is excellently done by David Drummond. As you know, my preference is for SciFi and predominantly Space Opera type works. For me to give this work an overall four out of five is saying something. Enjoy!
The Long Earth
by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett
This is an interesting science fiction work that explores the concept of a multi-verse. It is the first of a series. Joshua is a dimensional stepping savant discovered during ‘The Event’ living in an orphanage. He grows up to turn into a kind of loner merc, hiring out to escort ventures into newly discovered editions of Earth.
This work has ~elves, ~trolls, dinos and other things that exist on other Earths which evolved just slightly different. Quite the adventure and quite original. Four out of five for construction and story addict-ability.
The Last Colony
by John Scalzi
John Perry continues as the main protagonist from his role in Old Man’s War and The Ghost Brigades. Now he is mustered out with his new wife, an ex-Special Forces trooper. An ex- in other things also. The CU, Colonial Union, has been ultimatum-ed by the Conclave. Unless they join they will never be allowed to settle another colony. In true keeping the bad news from the citizenry traditions the CU has not spread this word and is rather going to seed another Colony with John and his wife…wait for it…Jane as the administrators. Anyone who knows anything about how the US colonization went should have sensed something up when the powers that be decided to name the new colony Roanoke.
Anyway, wrong world, standing, encountering unexpected sentient yet vicious life and being used as bait to shape Galactic Events are just some of the things pulled off in this work with sarcasm and Tale Twisting. A thoroughly enjoyable story. I recommend listening to All three sequentially to get full enjoyment. The only thing I wish about this is that the stories were paired together. 9 hours and change is almost a short story in the world of audiobooks. Nevertheless I give this four out five for narration and story. Enjoy!