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This is really fun (for an author) to read: a review of “Under Nameless Stars” … Google-translated from a French review site.
Here’s the original on the French blog…
…which Google translates as “The Chronic Random Blog” – which I hope the Google lingua-gnomes nailed, ’cause it’s a majorly fabulous name.
Zenn Scarlett (t2) : Under Nameless Stars
UNDER NAMELESS STARS by Christian Schoon
The exovet of novitiate year Zenn Scarlett has not been easy and nothing went as planned …
Having barely survived the destruction of his school and home, things could they get worse? Yes, definitely! Zenn’s father goes missing, the young woman herself was kidnapped and ends up cheating to board the Helen of Troy to rescue his father. With the help of Liam Tucker, she will face many dangers and dismantle again a conspiracy.
Reviewed by Ash:
While the first volume of the saga led us in a universe filled with amazing creatures, aliens, Under Nameless Stars makes us travel and dream. Together Zenn we discover new races, new plots, new animals. From the first pages we find ourselves in action and not once the pace down, not once you get bored.
The story picks up right where it left off previously, that is to say, aboard the Space Helen of Troy vessels. Zenn is found once again embroiled in a plot the aim. We like to follow things from his point of view so sharp and innocent at the same time his youth gives a refreshing naivety touch his choice. Yet it is stubborn, confident and choices, especially sassy!
Liam is not much here now, but I still enjoy. He is a young man in love, anything to the woman he loves, desperate to make amends. Zenn’s new friend is the Jules dolphin that lives, thinks and acts like a human. It’s an original character, we immediately love. It’s the same for the groom Indra Treth which adds action and severity too. All these characters together form an excellent group of attack and make things more interesting.
The plot obviously revolves around the disappearance of the father of Zenn and his own removal. All this hides many things that encompass many more characters than the exovet think. She will arrive to make allies and enemies to advance are not always the ones we think. We understand still fast enough that it is its ability to interact with the animals is at the heart of everything.
Under Nameless Stars is a good digest of science fiction that I remember more than once Stargate-SG1. This is an excellent book that I greatly enjoyed reading, which I enjoyed and that really made me dream. The end is still a bit unsettling, I can not see if it is an end or there will be a sequel. Personally I would love this to be the case and I would jump on the book in question.
ANGRY ROBOT Ltd thank you to press for this service.
So, another Iowa winter done. Coulda been worse. Now, spring… and all those pesky projects we’d been putting off until things thawed out…
Zenn & Under Nameless Stars earn a thumbs up… from a sci fi buff who (IMHO) obviously knows his exovet SF
As I suspect you’ve sussed out from earlier posts, I’m always super-grateful whenever Zenn’s books are reviewed by the universe at large (thanks again, universe). And the review takes on a uniquely relevant slant when it’s spun up from a blogger working on his PhD in astrophysics (as well as putting in time crafting his own debut SF novel). Here’s what the deeply perceptive TPG Reviews had to say about Zenn’s most recent adventure:
“Under Nameless Stars ups the ante considerably over its predecessor, pitting Zenn Scarlett against a galaxy-wide conspiracy with none other than herself at the very center. With time in short supply, Zenn must use her exovet* skills in previously-unimagined ways if she is to survive.
…The stakes are higher, the action is faster and the worldbuilding even more accomplished than before. Zenn remains a well-written and relatable protagonist, and all of the side-characters are equally well-constructed…
Under Nameless Stars is a highly worthy sequel, and one that anyone who read Zenn Scarlett ought to read immediately…
*Exoveterinarian. As in, a vet who specializes in exotic alien animals. Cool, no?”
So, an XXL whalehound-sized thanx to TGP Reviews. Cheers!