Tired of humans being the good guys in space colonization stories? McKenna shows us Terrans off in space, manifesting destiny again, at someone else’s expense again. Until we meet a few members of the Osk species. They have four legs, snouts and blade arms like Baraca from Mortal Combat. Plus they aren’t happy about a recent turf war with humanity.
I liked how tough it was for me to sort the goodies from the baddies. Everyone had motivation that I could relate to. Ultimately I cast my vote based on the same criteria I use in real life. Are they willing to hurt others to achieve their objective? Do they trivialize the value of a sentient person’s life in some power struggle game?
McKenna has thoroughly developed the Osk people. They display body language and gestures that humans don’t have. They have a martial arts system centered on their bone blades. They remember one another and read emotion by scent. They are also unparalleled martial artists. I know, I know… I already mentioned martial arts. It’s just that I want blades to come out of my forearms.
I received a free copy of this book and I’m under no obligation to leave this review. There are no Osk warriors threatening to shred my briefcase if I don’t leave this review. If you, Dear Reader, choose not to buy this book even though I left a lovely write-up, this little knife armed maniac here will probably just raid the fridge and not choose to cut stuff (send help!). People give me free books because I don’t shut up about the ones I like. You can read a hundred other review and even watch my book club chats at LARC-SciFi(dot)com. Actually, I took so long to get through my TBR and onto this that poor McKenna may have forgotten I have a copy. Sorry!
I hope this turns into a series because my favorite character, the title character I think, has more adventure coming! This is adults only. There is a scene that totally reminds me of the old scifi movie Species.
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