Terra Whiteman continues her writing exellence with The Antithesis: Book Two Alpha. Whether you read this as a sequel or a prequel to The Antithesis you will become engrossed in the story and interactions of the characters. This book looks back to the time before The Antithesis, before Alezair Czynri became a member of the jury, back to a time when he was Regent Qaira Eltruan, the head of the proud, albeit aggressive, Nehelians.
The story revolves around Qaira as he is forced to take on the mantle of Regent as his father slips slowly into dementia. At the same time Qaira has to deal with the Archaeans who arrived during his father's reign and demanded to be allowed to settle the Nehelian planet. Skirmishes between the two races are ongoing which leads the ruling council to contract in an advisor, Leid Koseling, scholar, Vel'Haru. With Leid's introduction we begin to see the formation of their turmoiled relationship. But do not think this book is a romance, Whiteman conjures scenes of battles and graphically describes them. She has found a balance between romance and war, justice and vengeance, profanity and purity.
Whiteman displays her talents as a writer able to weave politics, science, philosophy, personal growth and human relationships together in a way that leaves the reader wanting more than we could possibly ask of the author. While some mainstream writers and publishers are content to rehash and rewrite, Terra Whiteman is creating the most original story I have read in years. This book deserves a place on your bookshelf, right next to The Antithesis. I am not-so-patiently waiting for the next book in this series.