Science Fiction isn’t really my thing, but I was recommended this from a friend – and 99p for a Kindle book is worth the risk. I had kept my expectations low (always better that way to avoid disappointment) but delighted by the fact that the book is ACTUALLY GOOD! After a google search I found the right description and Star Fantasy fits into the “Hybrid Fiction” genre. Its blends elements from fantasy novels (which is more my thing) with a kind of military scifi space opera. The pace of the story is good. There are three main storylines (The story of the planet called Eltheran; the Captain of a Spaceship discovering something important about himself; and the mad Goblin King on a quest for vengeance on a planet that banished them). However, from these three stories, there are more subplots that interweave and lead towards a pretty cool conclusion to the story. I toyed with giving the book 5 stars, based on the fact that it’s a good read, its 99p and it won’t bore you…However, it gets 4 stars from me. (It’s a really good book, but its not Epic – but that because I prefer Fantasy over Science Fiction).
Star Fantasy, at its core, it’s a High Fantasy novel set in the future of its own world. (Imagine Lord of the Rings thrusted into a Star Wars space opera style setting). All the character types are there – Human, Elf, Dwarf and the occasional mention of Halflings. You can tell from the writing that the author had created a rich background for the magical elements in the story as well as the origin of the central world called Eltheran. No doubt there are short stories and works lying around somewhere that pad out the background in more detail; but don’t worry, you pick up so much from reading the story that the background details are subtly dropped in over the course of the read to leave you wanting more! It has everything you would want in a fantasy novel – knights (sort of), an insane Goblin King, several wizards and out of nowhere the Hydra dragon with its multiple heads. Mix into that spaceships, admirals, a space navy in a futuristic setting. Now I am sure you will wonder, how does that work? – To be honest, I actually don’t know – but IT DOES!!! Perhaps its imaginative writing or just the right story but it has been woven together in a pretty neat way. All the characters develop through the story but not to the point that you learn everything about them (you will be left wanting to know more) and there is a twist – which to be honest I guessed was going to happen but didn’t spoil the story. (In fact I want to know more). The book definitely stands by itself as a single novel but you can tell the writer has more to say about these characters and would make sense for there to be a continuation of the story told. So I won’t lie, like most independently published books, it could have done with a final run through from a copy editor but don’t let that stop you from diving into to this fascinating story. Once you are in you won’t want to stop. My verdict – a decent enjoyable read, 99p if you get it on the Kindle (which is an absolute gift) and £5 in paperback which isn’t bad either if having the physical book is your thing (which it is for me).