By Wendi Coffman-Porter
Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group
Print Length: 349 pages
Release Year: 2020
Genre: Science-Fiction, Fantasy
Avg. Goodreads Rating: 4.31
Available on Amazon
Special thanks to Brown Book Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book and TheWriteReads for allowing me to participate in this tour.
Leilani Falconi is a top agent for the Imperial Investigative Service, tasked with policing the veil between two realities. Long ago, the Great Sundering tore the universe into two mirrored halves; aether space, which progressed using magical energy or eldrich, and kuldain, which advanced via electromagnetic technology.
But now a series of suspicious deaths stretching back more than a decade has the agent trapped directly between secretive bureaucracies and their peoples. If she can’t solve the mysterious crimes in time, existence as she knows it could erupt into chaos. (Goodreads)
Every so often, I encounter a book I struggle to get through. A big part of that was my fault as I worked to focus on what was happening. I’m glad I pushed through, though, because I enjoyed this read. This book sort of felt like returning home after a long time away. Science fiction holds a special place in my heart, but I haven’t found myself reading much of it for whatever reason. Aether Ones was the perfect return to the genre, as it seamlessly blends fantasy and science fiction.
At first glance, Leilani Falconi’s protagonist comes off as a little too powerful and a little too perfect. This doesn’t last long, though, as she quickly proves that while she is a formidable opponent, she is far from perfect and can find herself in some pretty sticky situations. She manages to both come off like the badass woman many of us wish we could be while also being authentic and flawed, not always making the best decisions. She’s a protagonist we can expect a lot from in the future with the knowledge that she has the power to follow through.
Aether Ones is a fast-paced and well-handled mix of incredibly researched sci-fi and the perfect touch of fantastical elements. At times it can be a little hard to follow but still manages to be entertaining nonetheless. This is one of those books you just buckle up for and enjoy the ride. Hell, take the ride more than once!
Fab review! I really struggled with this one and stopped reading it about 70% in, but a lot of people on the tour really enjoyed it so I’ll give it another go. I loved reading your thoughts!