JS CLark's Evangeline: A reviewRead Now
The King is dead. Long live the Queen!
Evangeline never expected to rule the Nine Hundred Worlds. Upon her father’s death that job was supposed to fall upon the shoulders of her older brother. But when an assassin slays the heir apparent on his way to his coronation back on earth, the title falls to his baby sister.
Ottrimus, the organization that slayed her brother, could not be happier about the change. With their operatives in place, they now have a chance at manipulating the most powerful woman in the galaxy, but they do not contend for one problem: the Queen’s body guard.
The Guardian as he is called is a technologically enhanced human clone with one job: protect the Empress of the Nine Worlds no matter the cost. From ocular implants to teleportation capabilities, the Guardian has the tools to do just that, but when they carved out the man to make space for the machine, his makers carved out his soul as well. At least, that is what Evangeline has been told.
But the Empress is a stubborn woman. Although it might risk her safety, Evangeline seeks out her Guardian’s soul, encouraging him to experience joy and pleasure beyond his prescribed functions. She names him Adam and tells him regularly of his worth, but will it be enough to resurrect the human inside him that was so meticulously removed?
And will it cost her everything if she can?
JS Clark brings his readers along for one heck of a ride in this action-packed but well thought out novel. From political intrigue to heart-warming scenes between an Empress and her overpowered Guardian, this novel touches not just the heart but the mind as well.
As a light sci-fi reader, there were some places that were just a touch on the technical side, but that’s likely just me. From an objective standpoint, these elements were well-described and well-written. The voices of his characters–especially Adam–were spot on, and he wrote eloquently about difficult topics from multiple points of view. This is a thinking novel, but it’s also a fun one! So, if you’re up for the challenge, I recommend this book for you!
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I am accepting submissions for reviews at this time. I am primarily interested in thrillers, suspense, magical realism, dystopians, and light sci-fi. I have a taste for the grim and love novels that make you think. Leave me haunted but hopeful.