3 out of 4 stars
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Solar Knights by Adam Moymy follows the story of Lucian and his friends, a team of treasure hunters, who travel the universe collecting artifacts. It is on one of their missions that they are discovered and caught by Grandmaster Kairos, the leader of the Solar Knights. The Solar Knights are charged with maintaining order in the universe and creating a better world for mankind. The treasure hunters are forced to join up with the Solar Knights as punishment. This leads Lucian and his friends across space, participating in battles, fighting zombies and traitorous rulers in order to protect the empire.
This book is extremely interesting and unique. It takes readers on a space chase through different empires. It has plagues, zombies, monsters, and rival rulers. The author did a great job of putting together an action-packed and entertaining tale. However, there were lots of characters in this book, and I found it difficult to keep track of all the story lines at times. I can see how a second read-through of this novel would be beneficial. A key with character names and descriptions could have been helpful as well.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I was invested in the main characters and cared what happened to them. My favorite part of this book was the dynamic of the rogue team of quasi-criminals. I found their group to be comical and authentic. The characters worked well together and created an interesting story line. My biggest complaint about this book is the editing. There were so many spelling errors and missing apostrophes. I found it extremely distracting.
I think fans of science fiction and space action novels will really enjoy this book. It did get a bit violent at times. There were a few battle scenes, and some blood and gore was described. For that reason, it would not be suitable for very young readers.
I give this book 3 out of 4 stars. It is an original story line with a very detailed plot. However, there were far too many editing errors. Also, the large cast of characters made for a tiring read at times. I understand that this is the first book in a series and likely served as an introduction of the cast for future novels. I might continue reading the series. I only hope future books are edited more thoroughly. Still, I would recommend science fiction fans give this book a try. I think you'll be pleased.
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