Monday, May 4, 2015

Ian Martyn - Ancestral Dreams: The Return (Review)

Elves and centaurs in space? Bring it on!

When I had the opportunity to read Ian Martyn's "Project Noah" I discovered a writer with a rare ability
to build deep, utterly believable characters. While this story is not strong on action, it is strong on suspense, speculation and plot. In the distant future as Humankind expand into the depths of space they discover that the mythical creatures of Earth's past are not quite so mythical after all, and that dangers abound.

This story is essentially a search-and-rescue mission which turns into the discovery of a new and formidable enemy. There is much exploration of technology and inter-species relationships (the story is clean, but rated PG for swear words), moving from planet to planet, and a particularly beautifully described visit to the home planet of the Elves. The narration is told through Danjay, a jaded, long-lived soldier with a good heart, a complex and fascinating character who is not all that he seems!

On the negative side there are a few typos and formatting issues with the MSS. However the storytelling is commendable and compelling, with an excellent level of suspense maintained throughout. Very difficult to put down as the different plot elements come together. Recommended for fans of the tried-and-true brand of Sci-Fi, who like sweeping, Asimov-style stories which are full of substance and surprises.

I rate this book 4/5 stars. Purchase here! Also on Goodreads.

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