Darknest by Leanna Renee Hieber

Title: Darknest

Author: Leanna Renee Hieber

Publisher: Cresent Moon Publishing

Length: Novella

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy

Rating:  4

Reviewer: Dianne Pearson

For Chief Counsel Ariadne Corinth, the news of her former lover’s death is a sort of death itself. As she struggles to adjust to the loss of his life, a conspiracy that threatens the survival of his people comes to light. Can she avoid the suspicions of her own people long enough to save his?

In general, I’m reluctant to read small press published science fiction. It’s hard finding a plausible (even for sci-fi!) storyline, characters that aren’t direct Star Trek or Star Wars rip-offs, or situations that aren’t straight out of b-movie soft-porn or incomprehensible cyberpunk plots (By the way, if you have any good small press sci-fi, or know anyone that does, feel free to send/suggest they send the story/stories to ritesofromance@gmail.com).

That being said, I will say I was pleasantly surprised by Darknest. I enjoyed reading the story, and afterwards, it stuck with me. It reminded me why I love science fiction. The world-building, characters, and writing were done very well. Darknest is very easy to get caught up in. The emotions felt by the characters  comes across as believable and sincere.

The only suggestion I can offer is perhaps an explanation on why the ships are called ‘Darknest’ and ‘Lightnest’, other than the obvious physical differences.

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