Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Review: Silent Songs by A.C.Crispin and Kathleen O'Malley (Starbridge, Book 5)

Synopsis: The men and women of StarBridge found intelligent life -- and new friends -- across the galaxy... In the skies of Trinity, the birdlike Grus welcomed the deaf human ambassador, Tesa.
In the seas of Trinity, the aquatic Singers communicated with the young telepath, Jib. But on the surface of Trinity, a different kind of life form has landed. They are amphibious beings from a distant world. And they are definitely not friendly... (from the back of the book)

Review: This is the most intense Starbridge novel yet. While the other books had tension and mystery, the interactions between the different species always came out right and peaceful in the end. This was the first species written that there was no peace in sight, where as I reader I wasn't sure how things would turn out. I held my breath and read at a frantic pace to find out. Each character's life hung by a thread, each movement and plot twist took my emotions from elation to heartbreak.
And once again, I was impressed by the culture creation. Crispin and O'Malley have an astonishing knack for creating distinct cultures, with their own value systems, social customs, ranks and interactions. Each is believable, with depth and nuance and richness. It's amazing.
Over all, this book has an intense pace, with romance, danger, mystery, suspense, growth and realism. I highly recommend this book, although I would start at the beginning of the series - or, at least, read Silent Dances (Starbridge, Book 3) first. This is somewhat of a sequel to that story.

Bookmarks: 8 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 978-0441000616
Date Finished: 1-12-2014
Pages: 295

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