Sunday, February 19, 2017

Book Review: Skythane by J. Scott Coatsworth


Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Authors: J. Scott Coatsworth
Cover Artist: Anne Caine
Length: 85K, # pages
Format: eBook, Paperback
Release Date: 2/17/17
Pairing: MM
Genres: sci fi, mm romance, gay sci fi


Jameson Havercamp, a psych from a conservative religious colony, has come to Oberon—unique among the Common Worlds—in search of a rare substance called pith. He’s guided through the wilds on his quest by Xander Kinnison, a handsome, cocky wing man with a troubled past.

Neither knows that Oberon is facing imminent destruction. Even as the world starts to fall apart around them, they have no idea what’s coming—or the bond that will develop between them as they race to avert a cataclysm.

Together, they will journey to uncover the secrets of this strange and singular world, even as it takes them beyond the bounds of reality itself to discover what truly binds them together.

Buy Links:

Barnes & Noble: Coming Soon

Smashwords: Coming Soon

4.5 Stars!

I like to read a little bit of everything, mix it up a bit, so to speak, historical, contemporary, even the occasional BDSM or MF book. However, Sci-Fi and fantasy are perhaps the ones I read the least, mostly because I can be a tad particular with them since it takes real talent to build worlds like you need to do in this genre.

Scott Coatsworth did a fantastic job with that in this novel! He created a world that felt relatable and added just enough detail and description to make me feel as if I could see it all in my head. It’s so easy to go over the top with that, but he kept it simple and because of that, it worked better for me. Not only that, but the plot was so interesting and action-packed, with very likable, lovable even, main characters that I was definitely rooting for, and I’m not just talking about Xander and Jameson, but Quince, Morgan and even Robyn, as well.

The writing was stellar, the pacing was a bit slow at first, but picked up in the second part of the book and I loved the progression of Xander and Jameson’s relationship. The chemistry between them was undeniable, even if there was no sex on page, and I couldn’t even be bummed about it because I was so engrossed in the story.

I’m very intrigued by what else Mr. Coatsworth has up on his sleeve in this ‘verse, seeing as the ending gives me hope that we’ll have more in the future.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***

Author Bio:

Scott has been writing since elementary school, when he and won a University of Arizona writing contest in 4th grade for his first sci fi story (with illustrations!). He finished his first novel in his mid twenties, but after seeing it rejected by ten publishers, he gave up on writing for a while.

Over the ensuing years, he came back to it periodically, but it never stuck. Then one day, he was complaining to Mark, his husband, early last year about how he had been derailed yet again by the death of a family member, and Mark said to him "the only one stopping you from writing is you."

Since then, Scott has gone back to writing in a big way. He has sold more than a dozen short stories - some new, some that he had started years before. He is currently working on two sci fi trilogies, and also runs the Queer Sci Fi ( site, a group for readers and writers of gay sci fi, fantasy, and paranormal fiction.

No comments:

Post a Comment