Book Two of the Redemption series is here, and boy was it fun – but if that isn’t enough for you, author Pippa Jay is giving away a FREE paperback copy on her Goodreads page!
Publisher’s Description: A seductive tyrant. A lost hero. And a galaxy about to fall…
It’s been a year in paradise for Keir and Quin, but now the idyll is over. After Quin falls sick, they return to the hidden sanctuary of Lyagnius, and what she learns there will not only change their lives, but set them on a journey that could separate them forever.
When Keir falls victim to a ruthless Nercaandi Empress bent on conquering the galaxy with her cybernetic army, it will take all Quin’s diminishing powers and the help of her son to find him. But what waits for her aboard the tyrant’s ship will test her strength and the limits of their love, and put everything she cares about at risk. Including Keir.
With the galaxy itself about to fall, will she be able to save him?
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
For those familiar with my review of Book One of Redemption: Keir, you know I wrestled with fitting this into a specific category before finally admitting that I enjoyed a novel whose genre officially includes romance. Well, I enjoyed book two as well; more so perhaps because Keir and Quinn are now like friends, returned from a time away and I want the best for them.
The Good: Author Pippa Jay takes advantage of her second entry to introduce characters that help ground Quinn to the world, and provide experiences to both Quinn and Keir that we as readers can relate to. At the risk of a very minor spoiler to those who have not read the first novel, we know that Quinn is not as young as she looks, and that she has a son who she mentioned in the first novel. We meet him, a grown man with his family, and it solidifies Quinn’s character in a way that only benefits her and her story from here on. It was great fun to have another character who had a real connection to Quinn, knew about her, accepted her and the actions that she had spent the first novel guilt-tripping over. That was satisfying.
The villain in this entry was introduced as though borrowed from The Borg in Star Trek lore. Yet, they ended up much deeper than that, with a culture founded on women in an almost Amazonian hierarchy usually reserved for cultures ruled by men – that you are the ruler because you have bested all others, but that you can also be challenged at any time. They were very interesting, and the leaders’ ability to influence people – particularly men – made for interesting encounters that pushed the characters to their emotional limits. And yet…
The Bad: My frustration with common romance themes persists, like that itch in your calf you can’t quite locate, despite scratching your entire leg raw – or does that only happen to me? With everything Keir and Quinn went through in the first entry, and to finally have had a year of peace to themselves – in addition to the life-changing knowledge they discover, they are bound, intertwined, and trusting. Or so I thought. Imagine my surprise when “The Betrayal” scene found in most romance novels and movies I’ve consumed occurs, and Quinn just dives into it completely. Gone is all of that trust and bond strengthening they spent so much time building. This may well be because I’m a man, but dammit, Quinn! Think! You too Keir, you don’t get off that easily.
Like the first entry, this was a bit short for me. It seemed everything resolved before I was ready to say goodbye to that scene, that event, or those characters found within. It reads very fast, and while often I find that to the credit of a novel, I noticed it here as, if not unfortunate, not as satisfying as it could have been.
The Conclusion: You may recall that Keir won my 2015 STANDOUT AWARD. This is a proper follow-up.
I am a fan. Keir and Quinn are my friends. I will miss them while waiting for the next entry to spring forth from Pippa Jay’s brain-space and onto my Kindle for my eye-holes to absorb. Despite any frustrations my beard and I have over romance story tropes, I was never bored – the pace saw to that, even if there was more room to breath than was utilized. While sex scenes are more prevalent in this entry than the last, they have a specific purpose and are not dwelt upon for sex-scene’s-sake, but to further the motivations of all involved. I know that sentence reads strangely, but just roll with me on this one – it works. Don’t forget to enter The Giveaway On Pippa Jay’s Goodread’s Page if you’re on the fence about picking this up!
Our reviews in this series…
If you like this book…
…consider trying Dragons of Dorcastle by Jack Campbell or Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray. They don’t fall into the same genre, but they also feature protagonists who are from entirely different walks of life, with entirely different perspectives on reality, thrust together in an epic adventure.
Publisher’s Description: A demon waiting to die…
An outcast reviled for his discolored skin and rumors of black magic, Keirlan de Corizi sees no hope for redemption. Imprisoned beneath the palace that was once his home, the legendary ‘Blue Demon of Adalucien’ waits for death to finally free him of his curse. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise.
A woman determined to save him.
Able to cross space and time with a wave of her hand, Tarquin Secker has spent eternity on a hopeless quest. Drawn by a compulsion she can’t explain, she risks her apparent immortality to save Keir, and offers him sanctuary on her home-world, Lyagnius. But Quin has secrets of her own.
When Keir mistakenly unleashes the dormant alien powers within him and earns exile from Lyagnius, Quin chooses to stand by him. Can he master his newfound abilities in time to save Quin from the darkness that seeks to possess her?
Book One of the Redemption series and part of the Travellers Universe.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Keir is interesting to describe. It’s billed as Sci-Fi Romance, though it has elements of Fantasy. Romantic Sci-Fantasy… It begins as expected of a Traditional Fantasy novel, though hints are dropped that all is not as it seems. Then it is solidly Science Fiction before blending the two and introducing Romance. That’s right, I read a romance novel – and I liked it. Moving on…
The Good: The two main characters, Keir and Quin, have strong personalities and motivations. This stems from well thought out and executed backgrounds that are revealed bit by bit as the story progresses. The chemistry between the two of them throughout the variety of locales and adventures they have is believable. Side characters have their own idiosyncrasies as well, making for a diverse cast.
I was immediately drawn into each location and world the characters found themselves in as they were presented. The worlds were very well described – enough description to bring the necessary imagery to set the stage and differentiate it from the other worlds to mind, yet not so much that it becomes a burden to the flow of the story. The cultures of each of the three worlds are incredibly diverse, yet strong and seemingly built on their own histories. This made it easy to accept them.
The Bad: I’m always frustrated by a common theme in love stories, particularly those in Urban Fantasy novels: both characters loving one another yet not only oblivious to the other’s feelings, but misinterpreting everything they do, every time, as the opposite. This happens in real life – it can happen in books, that’s fine. Yet the characters in these scenarios rarely work it out in a timely manner; it simply drags on, and on. Unfortunately, this happens in Keir. Thankfully, it did not last as long as I had expected it to, and did eventually resolve itself satisfactorily.
The ending wrapped up things succinctly, but felt a little rushed; it seemed to end too fast. Thankfully, this will likely be remedied by the release of the second book later this year.
The Conclusion: A fast paced world-jumping romantic science-fantasy romp spanning entire eras of time and space, Keir is a fantastic, wild ride. I was never bored. The subtitle is Redemption, and more than one character experiences this in some way, whether blatant or implied. Being a Romance novel, there is sex present, but it is not a focus at all. The reader knows it’s happening, and some emotions are provided, and then the story moves on; it was an appropriate amount present tastefully. I recommend giving Keir your attention.
Our reviews in this series…
If you like this book…
I’m not going to lie. I’ve never read a Science Fiction Romance novel before Keir. I don’t know what to relate this to. If you like Doctor Who and also romance, give this a go?