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Dark Space (Sentients of Orion S.)
Dark Space (Sentients of Orion S.)
by Marianne de Pierres
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced space opera with its own unique style, 8 July 2007
Campared to the Parish novels, Deep Space has a better defined level of threat and intrigue to drive the plot. There is still the characteristic, De Pierres, fast-paced action and writing style, yet there is something more to the space opera.

Mira Fedor, the main character, is softer than Parish ever was. She's been sheltered and, although not a favourite among the aristocrats, she hasn't experienced the down and dirty side of life. The world of Araldis is a dismal mining world, run by a patriarchal government.

Jo-Jo Rasterovich is a quirky character, who is at times down right amusing. He has discovered a god. Into this mix are various aliens and humans, flocking to comune with this new entity. One of the, the alien, Tekton, who I haven't quite worked out, is really an interesting piece of characterisation.

I found the Italian influence on the Araldis world, a nice touch and the slight feminist leanings appealing.

I can't wait for the next book in this series. I found the story and the characters kept me rivetted to the book and I finished it in one sitting.

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