Hello and happy Monday everyone! I hope you all are safe and happy, and that you are enjoying your Summer so far! I am so looking forward to Autumn, but I have to wait so… I’ll try and be patient. Anyway, I am finally here with the last review for the books in the first edition of SPSFC, yay!

Title: In The Orbit Of Sirens
Series: The Song of Kamaria #1
Author: T.A. Bruno
Pages: 502

When starship mechanic, Denton Castus, is caught in the destructive path of a devastating war, he abandons his home and seeks refuge on a distant planet. However, this new safe haven has undiscovered threats of its own. Eliana Veston, a scout preparing the planet for the refugees, struggles with a deadly pandemic that is killing off colonists. The hunt for a cure unleashes a new threat to humanity—the Sirens—mysterious beings with incredible powers and a deep hatred for invaders.

I kept this review last because it is the hardest to write. On one hand, this book is a really good book, believe me, on the other hand, it is not really my cup of tea, because of the vibes and the atmosphere. And it is pretty hard to explain when we talk about vibes and vague things like that. I mean, there is nothing solid to complain about so I should have loved this book, and yet, even if I enjoyed it, I won’t continue the series because, simply, it is not my cup of tea.

But let’s see what you can find in this book: some intriguing characters! And this is a good start, right? Denton was my favorite, he is daring, he is brave, he is good at heart, and he is a nice person all around. But he is not alone, and we get Eliana, too. She sometimes feels so small, but not because she is small or young, but because she is in the midst of so many big things, all way bigger than her, and yet she won’t get discouraged or scared. She is brave, she is resilient, and she will go on. And I admired her.
And we get some really interesting secondary characters, too. Major Pavlov was one of my favorite and the other scouts are pretty good characters too, being around them was really pleasant.
And let’s not forget about the Au’knai (I hope to have written that one right!), they are fascinating, and their society and culture are a pleasure to discover.
And the sirens. They are characters too, and they are not exactly secondary either. And they are unique and fascinating in their own right.

The world-building is vivid, I have to say that a lot of books in this contest had some brilliant world in them, full of life and diverse and vivid. It was a pleasure to explore them, and it was a pleasure to explore the universe in this one too. The World in which the story took place is somehow unique, it is vivid, and it has some cinematic qualities to it. But this is not the only thing that made me think about the movies in this book. There are also some vibes in the story that reminded me of Aliens and similar movies. It is not really that they are alike, but they have some similar vibes, at least in some parts. And some parts made me think about movies too, instead of books, and it is because of the way they are written. It was especially true for the scene with Captain Raike, for example. And this is not really a complaint, because it is a peculiarity of this book, and the author did an amazing job.
But I was talking about the world. So, I said the main thing: it is vivid and alive and so full of wonders. Being able to visit it was a gift, and I really think that this is my favorite part of the book as a whole. It is worth a visit, or two!
And since I was talking about vibes and such, too, I have to say that the Sirens strongly reminded me of the videogame Hollow Knight. And again, there is not really a logical explanation, is just something that kept popping up in my mind while I was reading! I just figured them like something that could have been at home in this videogame.

And the story is rich too. We have a lot of things happening, and we get a well-balanced ensemble here: we have actions, we have mysteries, we have twists, we have feelings, and everything you can ask. As I was saying before, this book is quite complex and it is captivating, too. I don’t really know why it didn’t completely work for me, I think it was the vibes and the atmosphere as a whole, but I had a good time with it, and I really loved some parts, like the one about the scouts “selection” and also when we get to finally visit Au’knai’s place.
It really is an interesting book, and if something in this is appealing to you I really suggest you to try it out, because it is worth it!

And that’s all for today! What about you? Have you read this one? Or are you interested in it?? Let me know!

Happy reading!



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