Title: The Star Host
Author: F.T. Lukens
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 258 pages
Publisher: Interlude Press (March 3, 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts
Blurb: Ren grew up listening to his mother tell stories about the Star Hosts – a mythical group of people possessed by the power of the stars. The stories were the most exciting part of Ren’s life, and he often dreamed about leaving his backwater planet and finding his place among the neighboring drifts.
When Ren is captured by soldiers and taken from his home, he must remain inconspicuous while plotting his escape. It’s a challenge since the general of the Baron’s army is convinced Ren is something out of one of his mother’s stories.
He finds companionship in the occupant of the cell next to his, a drifter named Asher. A member of the Phoenix Corps, Asher is mysterious, charming, and exactly the person Ren needs to anchor him as his sudden technopathic ability threatens to consume him. Ren doesn’t mean to become attached, but after a daring escape, a trek across the planet and an eventful ride on a merchant ship,
Asher is the only thing that reminds Ren of home. Together, they must warn the drifts of the Baron’s plans, master Ren’s growing power, and try to save their friends while navigating the growing attraction between them.
Review: Wow, just wow. I loved this book. Filled with mystery, adventure, secrets and drama this story takes you on a journey that may or may not end in tragedy. A Baron who takes people from villages for power, invades Ren’s village. In an attempt to keep his younger brother from being taken he diverts their attention to himself.
I seriously hated the soldiers. They were brutes that did not care about the captives in any way. Ren is isolated from everyone in his group. In a cell next to his he meets Asher, an ex-military man. The two grow closer as the story progresses. Ren is very powerful in his own right as he has a piece of a star inside him. But he can be dangerous if in the wrong hands of someone who controls him.
I really felt bad for Ren as he witnessed his friend’s treatment or demise. No one should have to go through that. Some scenes were horrifying and left me in a state of shock while others made me angry on behalf of the way the victims were treated.
This was a riveting story that holds the reader spellbound until the very end. I really liked this world. It was full of danger and uncertainty as to the end results.
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