During a survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira Navárez finds an alien relic that transforms her life and will alter the course of human history.
I had early access to read part one of TSIASOS and I wasn’t enamoured with it. I enjoyed the writing style and the immersive storytelling, but the story wasn’t drawing me in. I had decided that I wasn’t going to bother reading the whole book, but then I was sent a surprise copy from the publisher and felt too guilty to ignore it. Already having read part one meant I could launch straight in to part two, which was just as well because the story still wasn’t really doing anything for me. However, I powered through and I have to say, I’m so glad I did. Part three really picked up for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the book.
The writing is excellent. TSIASOS is hard sci-fi, and Paolini really seemed to know what he was doing. It’s quite a leap from The Inheritance Cycle, which is epic fantasy at its finest. They both have long, epic adventures and plenty of action, but the sci-fi nature of TSIASOS makes it a much more technical and intense read. I’m not a big sci-fi fan myself, and some areas did have my attention drifting, but I could appreciate that it was probably very well done and would definitely recommend to sci-fi fans.
The crew of the Wallfish were an absolute delight. I didn’t love Kira as the protagonist, but she grew on me as the story progressed. I do have to give special mention to Itari, who I adored. I’d love a spin-off filled with [Itari here]. There’s plenty of humour and comradery throughout the story, which provides some light relief from the intense plot.
I would say that my biggest complaint about this book is the sheer size of it. I would definitely advise reading an e-version (unless you’re a hardcore physical-copy lover), as it was very difficult to carry around and took me almost two full months to read because it was too big for me to carry in my handbag and take into work with me. I would say, though, that the fact that my only real negative about this book is the size of it, rather than anything to do with the content, is a very good sign.
I was disappointed to discover that there were no space dragons, but I did very much enjoy the space squids.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.