Dani Hoots’ Review of Spiral War: On Dagger’s Wings (#1) and On the Cusp (#0) by S.F. Edwards

Spiral War: On Dagger’s Wings (#1) by S.F. Edwards

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Published by Noble Storm Books

Review by Dani Hoots

Excerpt (taken from Amazon):

Peace is a fleeting state. The last written words of Blazer Vaughnt’s father echo through his mind after he comes of age and joins the UCSB Space Forces Academy . His hope, to become an officer. He does not join alone and his three comrades from the Navigator’s Guild join him. There they will join the Blade Force and meet the alluring Marda Sciminder., driving a wedge between Blazer and his closest friend. His time at the academy will test his loyalty to his friends and his faith in himself as conflicts arise from within and without. Will Blazer rise to the call and become the leader of the Blade Force? Will he allow his heart to distract him from his destiny? Will he gain his wings and take his Dagger into the heavens to end the centuries long conflict?

In S.F. Edwards’ first book of the series, we are introduced to a futuristic world where aliens exist, long-distance space travel is possible, and the main character is still trying to get the girl. With problems that we still face today, the reader easily connects with the main character Blazer as he joins the UCSB Space Forces Academy, falls in with a girl by the name of Marda, and is trying to become an officer. I was able to understand the characters, follow their conflicts, and root for them all the way.

The world Edwards created reminds me of a mix between Star Trek and Titan A.E. It has a good amount of technology for the reader to not get overburden with the science, but be able to understand how this world works. For the most part, I was able to follow along, other than with the jargon as the explanation was in the beginning and on the kindle I have a hard time flipping back to check how it worked.

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Along with technology, there was a good mix of a little paranormal fiction as there are orbs that are spirits, from what I could follow, that some people can see. It is seen as scientific and I really liked the idea behind it, especially with all the alien stuff that was already going on.

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I give this book a 4.5/5 as it was a very enjoyable book with characters I could root for and a great made-up world, but there were some things that were hard to follow, such as the jargon, which point-of-view it had switched to in some cases, and there were some minor format and spelling errors. All in all, I highly recommended it to anyone who loves science fiction.

 

Spiral War: On the Cusp (#0) by S.F. Edwards

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Published by Noble Storm Books

Review by Dani Hoots

Excerpt (Taken from Amazon):

Jard’s job was simple: investigate spacecraft wreckage. He never expected this to lead him to discover a stellar empire that would threaten the Confederation. But investigating a destroyed alien cruiser embroiled him in a political firestorm that would change not only his life, but the whole galaxy.

On the Cusp tells a galaxy-spanning tale of first contact gone wrong, seen though the eyes of an engineer as he get swept up in events beyond his control.

In this short prelude, S.F. Edwards does a great job introducing the main character of his series’ parents and how the war started. It made the first book of the series a lot clear, as it started in the middle of action and we weren’t able to get to know the parents very well, whereas the prelude is in the point of view of the parents. We also get to understand the war more and why the characters were where they were in the first chapter of the first book.

I enjoyed this short prelude and getting to know Blazer’s parents. I felt we didn’t get to connect to them in the first book and having this into helped a lot. I give it a 4/5 due to it being less detailed than the first book and a bit of trouble following some scenes and who’s point of view it was.

This series is really great and I can’t wait to read the next one.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. novemberdelane says:

    Hello there!
    Such a lovely blog, I’m so glad I found you (thanks Goodreads) 🙂
    I was wondering, have you seen the Popsugar 2016 Reading Challenge? If not, if I were you I would give it a try, it’s extremely well done and from what I can see you are kind of the idea candidate 😉
    Have a great weekend!

    PS – I’d really appreciate if you could take a look at my blog (just started it very recently) and tell me what you think about it 🙂

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