Caeli Crys isn't livingshe's surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. When she feels the injured pilot suffering from miles away, she can't help but risk discovery to save his life.
Commander Derek Markham awakens stranded on an uncharted planet. His copilot is dead, his ship is in ruins, and he's only alive because a beautiful young woman is healing him with her mind.
As Derek recovers, Caeli shares the horror of her past and her fear for the future. When Derek's command ship, Horizon, sends rescue, Derek convinces Caeli to leave with him. But his world is as treacherous as hersfull of spies, interplanetary terrorist plots, and political intrigue. Soon the Horizon team is racing to defend an outlying planet from a deadly enemy, and Caeli's unique skills may just give them the edge they need to save it.
Author Tabitha Lord lives in Rhode Island with her husband, four children, dog, and cat. Horizon is her first novel. Visit her online at www.tabithalord.com.
|Publisher:||Wise Ink Creative Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Caeli Crys is surviving after her people were slaughtered by another alien race. Caeli is an empathy and while hiding she hears that thoughts of a pilot in a ship that is crashing. Although she knows she shouldn’t she goes to the crash site and saves Derek. Derek Markham is surprised by the young woman that saved him and the more time they spend together the more he hears about her past. When he is rescued, Derek takes Caeli with him on the Horizon since he is still trying to keep the Drokaran from conquering planets. I have to say that Caeli’s story is easy to get into as she is relaying it to Derek. You can’t help but feel for her and her people. They have abilities of empathy, healing and such and are killed by another alien race for that difference. Sadly we don’t learn much about Derek so I have no idea if he is the good guy, going to use and dump Caeli, or whatever else his plan could be. But once they leave Caeli’s planet things seem to go south. There is the spies and political issues along with a species trying to conquer planets. Although this sounds like a thrill ride getting everything handled it is left lacking. There is no real urgency to anything. And you would think if the crew picked up this person with special abilities they would want to verify or test this out. Over this was not a bad book. I think there could have been some changes to make it flow better and make the characters more believable. I am going to read the next book to see what happens. I received Horizon from iRead Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review. Derek Markham crash lands his fighter on a previously unknown planet after an attack by a mercenary ship that suddenly appeared out of nowhere. Derek is the leader of a fighter squad attached to the space ship, Horizon, who had been sent to set a probe to mark the location of a previously unidentified planet. His crewmate dead and he himself critically injured, he is found and healed by Caeli Crys, a fugitive slave that had faked her own suicide hiding out in the unpopulated wilderness on the planet. Caeli is one of her people’s few survivors after a ruthless attack by a neighboring city’s militia. Together, they escape the planet when Derek’s shipmates return to find out what happened to him. This was just a darn good story. For me, it had the feel of an early Star Trek novel (The Original Series) which was a plus for me. I liked the settings – Caeli’s home world, Almagest, (the pristine, empty wilderness where she is originally found by Derek, her city, the city of the Amathi). I liked the differences in how the two societies evolved after the destruction of their common founding society. I enjoyed the description of Derek’s ship, Horizon, but wanted to become more familiar with his world and hope that this will be explored in future installments. There is interesting and fast-paced action throughout from the subjugation of the survivors of the attack on the Novali, their integration into Amathi life, the Amathi rebellion, the unfolding of the attempt of universal domination by the race of beings known as the Drokaran, and the interface with underworld operations on Alliance planets. I really enjoyed this story from the cover to the final page, and am hoping for a quick arriving sequel to prolong the entertainment.
This was a good book, slow at first but it pays to keep reading!
Great read! Can't wait for more.