Book Reviews

Lander (The Oberon Cycle 2) by J. Scott Coatsworth at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Other Planets / Psychic Powers / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 13-February-2018

Book Blurb

Sometimes the world needs saving twice.


In the sequel to the Rainbow-Award-winning Skythane, Xander and Jameson thought they’d fulfilled their destiny when they brought the worlds of Oberon and Titania back together, but their short-lived moment of triumph is over.


Reunification has thrown the world into chaos. A great storm ravaged Xander's kingdom of Gaelan, leaving the winged skythane people struggling to survive. Their old enemy, Obercorp, is biding its time, waiting to strike. And to the north, a dangerous new adversary gathers strength, while an unexpected ally awaits them.


In the midst of it all, Xander’s ex Alix returns, and Xander and Jameson discover that their love for each other may have been drug-induced.


Are they truly destined for each other, or is what they feel concocted? And can they face an even greater challenge when their world needs them most?


Book Review

‘Lander’ is the fantastic second novel in the ‘Oberon Cycle’ series, set in the future around the year 3000 or so. Oberon – previously split into two halves, with Titania hidden in some mysterious parallel universe – has been reunited into one planet, now called Erro. As unifications go, this one was pretty violent and the environmental upheaval has all sorts of consequences. Obercorp is still up to no good, pith is still addictive, and the cultural war between the skythane and the landers keeps going. It also appears that the skythane are not united, and the Gaelani, led by Xander, and the Erriani, led by Jameson, will have to settle their differences if they want to have a chance against their common enemy. The situation was complicated in the first volume and the second only adds another layer – so my advice is to definitely read these books in order or you will be entirely lost.

Jameson and Xander face a lot of challenges, both external and internal. With all the factions from previously separated planet halves suddenly facing the need to live together, power struggles are a large part of the plot. Politics, old enemies and new adversaries, ex-lovers, and generational memories almost tear Jameson and Xander apart, and that is before they find out that their attraction may have been caused by pith. The betrayal they feel is understandable, and having to deal with that on top of everything else comes close to breaking them. My only hope was the feelings they have for each other, drug or no drug, and their determination to see things through.

Several of the supporting characters have stories that begin to become clearer, and each of them adds accents and additional elements to the story. Quinn and her lover need to deal with loss and their roles in Jameson and Xander’s lives. Xander’s ex has things to say, and the turbulence from his reappearance and the role he played in events surprised me, as did the sudden appearance of Jameson’s fiancée. Add the increasingly mysterious role of another secondary character – one who had vanished without a trace as well as new secrets and revelations, and you’ve got an explosive story that held my attention from the first page and never let up.

If you like stories that boggle your mind at every turn, if you want to expand your imagination and grapple with some very unusual concepts, and if you’re looking for a read that is action-packed, suspenseful to the last page, full of revelations and new mystery, then you will probably like this novel. As for the ending? Yeah, you guessed it, cliff-hanger is not far from the truth, what with an entirely new enemy suddenly appearing toward the end. I don’t think I mind so much though, because it means there has got to be a whole lot more to come.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 294 pages/91435 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-February-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $16.99 paperback, $16.99 bundle
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