New Sky: Eyes of the Watcher
by Jason Kent
New Sky starts out as a Space Opera and turns into a steampunk adventure that kind of fits in with Firefly, The Expanse Series and maybe some of the old quest fantasies like Shannara or Lord of the Rings.
A non-quitter type of cadre gels around a woman named Kate Thompson who has gazed into the face of the enemy and now her eyes glow. She also foretells the future, figures out how to deal with most things non-electrical and communicates with a grand being.
The bigger picture is that Sol is engaged in a war with a splinter civilization of humans called the Tailinn, who have forsaken most advanced tech and made Steam technology embrace the stars…with some help from this grand being. It turns out there was another uppity bunch of humans before them who tried to come back and take over things. Back then Sol and the Tailinn joined forces. Some things just aren’t forever.
I enjoyed the storyline and the character building. This work needs another editing pass but nothing I found detracts enough to spoil the story. The character of Sparrow actually seems like something William Gibson might have dreamed up. I enjoyed it and I’m giving it three out of five stars.