The multiple award-winning "Lodestone" series returns in an all-action third installment.
Having finally secured the four components of Annata's ancient device, ten Kelanni, together with the enigmatic Chandara Boxx, set sail for the Island of Helice in order to neutralize the human weapon designed to eradicate the planet's indigenous life and to give them control over lodestone - the most powerful substance in the universe.
After fending off an attack from an immense sea creature, the party is attacked by human flying machines. Shann and Rael, two of the four component carriers, are lost somewhere on the island, their fate unknown.
Will the Kelanni be able to reach the human weapon and disarm it? With time against them, they must battle to overcome internal conflicts and, along the way, uncover shocking new truths about themselves; about their enemies, the humans; and about the strange creature Boxx, whose ultimate purpose yet remains a mystery.
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Sci-Fi is usually not a book I would personally choose to read, but made an exception in this case and was glad I did. It's easy to visualize as you read as Mr. Whiteway has a unique style that helps you to do just that. It has enough drama, action and humor to keep you interested throughout. Good job!
Whiteway blurs the lines between magic and advanced science, not as a way to avoid making the homeworld of the Kelanni believable, but to heighten the cultural tension which runs through this series like milk through a sieve. Two societies, separated by the strange dynamics of their planet, collide in a common purpose that is instigated by interloping aliens from the stars - "hu-mans." In truth, the technology is every bit as credible as it is fantastic. This is par for the course with Whiteway, who has a knack for choosing phrases that root the reader in a very alien world, such as the color "blood-white." This allows him to take a bold move - not using the point-of-view of his human characters - and pull it off with panache. The balancing of action against character development is sublime. This volume is packed with action, but the reader is feels grounded by the solid personalities of the hardened and conflicted Keris, maid-turned-leader Shann, and mysterious creature Boxx, along with their companions. This is no mere pulp fiction between these covers . . . Whiteway is good enough to grace the world with a science fiction masterpiece.
We start with two men, brothers, who are lodestone hunters, sorry, prospectors now according to the Directorate's change. There is a storm coming in and they race to a large spot they believe to be lodestone, only to find a body ~ a hu-man body, McCann. Our crew is back, after the trials, which now has put relationships in a new light and brought back old worries and feelings in which each needs to work through. They are on their way to the island the humans were banished to so many years ago, to disable the hu-man weapon with the components they received. But, will the hu-mans do as they are thought too? Or will more tribulations come about and they will have to figure out how to handle it. Could one of their own turn on them, or is something else going on? I feel like there is a science and physics at work here with the lodestone. It is neat to think on the lodestone uses and abilities. I liked the first two books of this series. Meeting the characters and getting to know them, through their trials and tribulations. And they are all present here. However, this book I was a little slow at reading. I blame my mood at the time, I don't think it was what I was needing. As there was action here, and the characters came across strange new things in this amazing world, I was a little bored. I'm sorry. And one of the characters kind of irritated me. I know, she is created that way, and it's not the only excuse for my feelings of the book. She is just as she should be, and for where she came from. If you like reading alien worlds where humans invade and they fight back, this very well could be a good read for you. Or even for a young reader who hasn't read a lot of human invasions yet. This book is very good for young readers as well, as it's geared toward the young readers for no bad language our sexual content. Their is friendships, strong and changing for them to read of.