Asylum by Lindsay Buroker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As a huge fan of the Star Kingdom novels and characters within I was delighted when this stand alone novel was announced and it certainly didn't disappoint. Asylum features the majority of the characters from the main series such as Casmir, Kim and Laser etc but adds two new characters whose stories drive the narrative.
Mari Moonrazor born into the Astroshaman culture desires what she has never had and escapes from her people armed with a "human" list of things to do (including eating chocolate) and recovers a piece of her terraforming tech from a crashed ship but the world of Odin and its people has little time for her kind and just surviving is a challenge. Kenji Chisaka is the son of a notorious terrorist raised to support his father in committing terrible acts, he abandoned his father many years ago and tries to live a life under the eyes of those who would condemn him regardless of his age at the time of the crimes. When these two young people cross paths well things really get interesting for both of them and then those in a position of power in the Kingdom notice them and well then it gets dangerous and exhilarating but still interesting.
Asylum was a good and entertaining read more so because it was a very welcome return to the Star Kingdom and the expansion of the story including new characters promises more if Lindsay is of a mind. Highly recommended for a stand alone scifi story but pure gold for fans of the existing series.
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