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R. J. Leahy


Title: The Obsidian Seed
Science Fiction
Sub-genre: Military

Type: Novel
Page Count: 368
Size:  6x 9 inches
Cover: Color, Art
Illustrations: none

Publisher: Zumaya Otherworlds
ISBN: 978-1-934135-97-6

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Obsidian Seed picks up ten years after Leahy's Tigra. The Tigra race has climbed from their five thousand year darkness, the populous of the planet Ararat is starting form allegiance for the betterment of all the colonies, and former Captain Jeena Garza has been made Regent of the Babylonian people. In fact, to some, she is more: their goddess, with all that implies. She has a very hard time convincing them they are wrong. But like any good soldier, she keeps trying.

Yet there is something more to Jeena, though she will not admit it. And soon she will have no choice but to acknowledge those differences. After over a century of war, the Union and the Coalition have come to the peace table; the treaty they walk away with awards Ararat to the Coalition. The people of Ararat do not beg to differ. They don't beg for anything; but they certainly will fight for their freedom. The threads of Jeena's past start drawing together: Daniel of the Afridi people; Samson of the Tigra; JC McCullough, smuggler and former owner of the ship she used to escape from Mizar 3; and Levant Conn, the "brother" she didn't know existed. Together they and their forces take the fight to the Coalition in grime, determined battle and strategic ingenuity. Any more would be telling and this is one book you want to experience first hand.

Overall, Obsidian Seed continues in the well-written vein of the first book. For the most part. Two problems I had with this book were the print quality and attention to detail. While the type was of a decent size something was off in the ink density that left the type broken and difficult to read (a printer issue, but still relevant). The second problem was minor inconsistencies in secondary facts from book one to book two, such as the number of people dying in a particular battle or how many strong the opposing force had been; nothing that created a conflict in the overall plot of the series. The variances probably would not even be noticeable to one reading the book with a typical gap between one and two, but obvious and a bit of an annoyance to me as I read them back to back. Even given the above, I did enjoy the book very much and actually felt more compelled to go on to the end than I did with the first one. If there is anything I would have wanted that I didn't find, it would be a bit more explanation of some of the differences that come to light in Jeena during certain key scenes in the book.

I would recommend this as a casual read with a score of 8 out of 10. The military aspects of the novel were well-maintained and expanded upon from the previous book, the strategy showed originality, and the characterization was compelling.


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