It seemed a little rushed and by the end my sympathy for the characters had waned and I cared little for their fates. I still cannot put my finger on exactly why.
Essentially this is a bit of fun: the sci-fi equivalent of a summer beach read. It does a good job of this if you expect nothing more. Indeed, it is interesting to see this attempted in a genre that can take itself a little seriously.
This is fast, frolicking, space fluff. If you think that could be your thing, give it a try. I received this book through a giveaway by Goodreads First Reads but all opinions are my own Our protagonists are the queen of Sunphere, Geneva, and her newly appointed military assistant, Sterling Presley.
Both are considered too young for their jobs, and both are about to prove that age has nothing to do with talent. As the war with the greedy, rapacious Pompey intensifies, so does the relationship between Geneva and Sterling. Dramatic, edge-of-your-seat space battles are intermixed with quiet scenes involving flirtation, jealousy, and growing attachment.
These scenes play nicely off each other. There is never too much fighting or too much time without it; there is a beautiful balance here. Also, we get to see the queen in her official role as statesman and then contrast that with her private self, raising interesting questions about power and the responsibilities that come with it. Mostly, though, this book is just fun. The first chapter has a massive space battle. The discussions of military tactics introduce brilliant plans of attack. The queen is so darn likable, with her insecurities and her love of food.
My only complaint is that things happen a little too quickly. The book could benefit from additional descriptive passages, more narration, or something else that would simply slow down the story just a bit. This would make the characters, and thus their struggles, seem more real and more meaningful.
The Starlight Fortress is a fast, entertaining read that feels a bit like a roller coaster, pulling you along at breakneck speed through twists and turns that you never saw coming. In the end, you are a bit disoriented and fully exhilarated. Nov 22, John Bell rated it it was amazing. I am a big fan of Sci-fi, and really the detailed world-building. There wasn't a lot of that here. Instead the reader is plunged right into the story and the characters and essentially asked to keep up.
Rawsontile is an incredibly skilled writer, and her ability to breathe life into the story she has created is exceptional. Queen Geneva the story's main protagonist is wonderfully three-dimensional and very accessible. More writers should take their cue from Ms. Rawsontile when they want to create appealing, yet realistic heroines. She isn't the prettiest, she doesn't always have the right answer, but you cannot help but root for her. Same goes for the eclectic cast of characters that surround her.
Overall I was very impressed and would certainly be up for reading a sequel, if one is in the works.
Next time I would be okay with a bit more of that detailed world-building, especially because the characters are now so firmly established. Nov 02, Alan Hardy rated it really liked it. This novel creates a totally believable setting of inter-planetary warfare while at the same time painting a riveting picture of individual rivalries, relationships and romances. After recent battle successes, Sterling Presley is appointed military assistant to the teenage Queen, Geneva, both soon to be embroiled in a titanic struggle with their Thypholian enemies, led by Emperor Pompey.
This alternative universe is described in great, authentic detail, from consideration of battle-fleets and we This novel creates a totally believable setting of inter-planetary warfare while at the same time painting a riveting picture of individual rivalries, relationships and romances. This alternative universe is described in great, authentic detail, from consideration of battle-fleets and weapons of war to a host of well-drawn protagonists with idiosyncracies of character and facial shape. There are a succession of battles and Machiavellian twists and turns--as well as the erratic course of the affair between Sterling and Queen Geneva--to keep the reader fully engrossed.
Check it out. Jan 29, Pat rated it it was ok Shelves: sci-fi. The Starlight Fortress has a promising premise, that of coming of age as a ruler during an interplanetary war.
The plot itself had plenty of action, intrigue, and surprises. The characters themselves never quite came alive for me. Many of the military characters were of the same type and I found it hard to distinguish among them. The central character, Queen Geneva, was too shallow for my liking, and in the end I found her annoying.
At least Ms. Rawsontile's writing style makes for easy reading, The Starlight Fortress has a promising premise, that of coming of age as a ruler during an interplanetary war. Rawsontile's writing style makes for easy reading, although it was a bit unpolished. All in all, a good first effort of a book, but not a memorable one.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it. I think YA would like it a lot. This may have more to do with my age, than the writing itself. The military language, attitudes, and personalities were wonderfully portrayed. I would recommend to YA readers. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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Fiona Rawsontile graduated from Syracuse University with a Ph. She currently lives in Wisconsin as an assistant scientist. The Starlight Fortress is her debut novel, prior to which she had only published scientific essays. Books by Fiona Rawsontile. He was the successor to the Seaton Delaval Hall estate, taking it over two years later from his father. Construction began on one night by the light of the stars and was completed the following day, hence the name Starlight Castle. Very little remains of the folly nowadays. For now though, it stands; the inconspicuous outsider to the Delaval estate.
The comedy addition to the rather grand country house that is Seaton Delaval Hall. Skip to content. Morpeth: Hartburn Glebe Grotto. Cheviots: Flying Fortress Wreckage Pt 1. Edmundbyers Part 1: Sandyford. Northumberland: Low Chibburn Preceptory.