One of the problems I have with most sci-fi writing is even though the characters can travel through time and space, utilize fantastic weaponry, regenerate limbs, and conjure up amazing futuristic inventions; they still fight with swords and knives, and end up using old-fashioned technology to gain supremacy.
I realize there wouldn’t be as much of a story, but with stealth bombers, drones carrying smart bombs, etc., already available in our time, how much more sophisticated will weapons be in the future? No one uses swords even now, so why in the future?
I really liked the Star Children environment which they mold with only their minds. Wouldn’t that be great if we could exchange house repairs/upkeep for this type of construction?
That said, the war between bad guys and good is well developed here, the sci-fi aspects are frighteningly good, and I liked the characters. Strong women are unknown to Crown Prince Starro, but he still falls in love with warrior princess Ariela. His race doesn’t condone violence or killing, and can control their entire environment with their minds, yet there he is, helping Ariela at every turn to gain back the palace for her people.
Blue Lioness rips along at a great pace, and keeps you scrolling through pages on your e-reader, as fast as you can. Although it is part of a series, this one stands alone very well. Schartz has a very active imagination, reminiscent of JD Robb’s 2060 way of life.
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