This is the second book in the Stritonoly Chronicles set on the planet of the same name (the purple planet). If you are not familiar with the books, I did a review on The Eye of the Storm in an earlier post. I have read several sci-fi books in the last few weeks. This means I have read more of them then I have read in my entire life so far. Lets just suffice it to say, I have been converted. I will no longer cringe when I am told someone is reading sci-fi. I figure this is a good thing when I have opened my mind to something new.
The last story ended with a catastrophic storm that brought ruin to the planet and a new Czar was appointed. This story begins six years after the event. The Princess is confined to her chambers with guards because of the havoc she inflicted on her family. She has a bit of a split personality and you never know what she is up to. She also has those womanly wiles that makes her capable of getting men to do what she wants. On the surface, they think she cares for them. Underneath, she thinks them idiots.
If you remember Barok from the last book, he is the head of the acidels; the slave laborers of the planet. He waits for the opportunity to escape and leaves his mate behind. He runs into this dense forest where the spiderons live. He makes a pact with them and is allowed to live. Is he really making a pact with the devil?
Becki is kidnapped by beings posing as someone else. It will interesting to see how far each of them will go to get what they want. We can already see Becki's womanly magic working on the leader. Another Eve in the making? Will the planet survive or will the apocalypse be near?
The story flows quite nicely from the last book and the storyline continues to flow as we get nearer to the next installment. Man continues to show his blatant disregard for human life. War is brewing on the horizon with the possibility of a catastrophic event taking place. A woman who is willing to use whatever is in her power to get what she wants. Even in this fantasy world, things are not much different then real life. As this book ends, you can see clearly where the next book will begin.
If you haven't read these books yet, I highly recommend them. If I can be swayed, anyone can. They are an excellent read for young and old alike. I am anxiously awaiting the third book in the series and I am hoping for the opportunity to read it very soon.
I want to thank William LK for providing me with a copy for my kindle. I was not compensated in any way except for the privilege of reading the book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
I give Barok's Exodus 5 out of 5 stars