Price of Vengeance (Dreamscape Warriors)
by Kurt D Springs
Liam, the adopted son of Marcus and Lidia and the bonded brother of Randolph is special. He is the last vestige of the Finnian remaining on their besieged colony world. Being smaller and different from the Neo Etruscans he starts out being bullied and harassed but his adopted brother helps him out to get started. Soon Liam’s fighting prowess is so great that nobody wants to pick a fight with him.
The citizens of New Olympia are under constant attack from an insectoid species called the Chitin who are being telepathically controlled by a being trying to speed up Darwinian selection and glean warriors. Liam, with the help of some lovely priestesses, discovers his untapped abilities to enter the dreamscape. That’s all the spoilers you’re getting.
The author did an excellent job at world building here. As this is a piece of an unsettled Galactic Alliance rebellion I expect to see more novels in this franchise. I do feel it was a bit heavy on the religious and guilt but the title is ‘Price of Vengeance’ so there you go. Creativity, world building and storytelling earn this one a four out of five geek points from me.