Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Review: "Crystal Witness" by Kathy Tyers

I'm not normally one for reading science fiction, but after loving Ronie Kendig's Brand of Light last year, I've been more inclined to give it a chance. So when Crystal Witness came along, I decided to read it. It turned out to be a good choice!

Her memories are blocked. Her freedom is gone. Her crime is a mystery.

When Ming Dalamani awakens from twenty years of suspended animation, she recalls only fragments of her former life: the life she led before she was arrested by the governing interplanetary corporation, Renasco, for a now unremembered crime.

Relocated to an alien world far from the only home she has ever known, Ming serves a powerful Renasco representative to repay her debt. But daily she lives with deadly threats from two men—the hideous mutant Zardir Huekk and the handsome, secretive musician Tieg Innig—who both want the same thing: information. Renasco-trained as a calligrapher in three dimensions, Ming begins to remember more: a clan, a mission, and interstellar piracy.

Ming must decide where her loyalties lie: with her powerful new employer, with a budding resistance movement… or elsewhere.

Book:  Crystal Witness
Author: Kathy Tyers
Genre:  Christian fiction, science fiction, futuristic
Release Date: June 16, 2020

As often happens to me when I read science fiction, I initially had trouble keeping track of characters and places (this is where a character list would come in handy). But once I got into the meat of the story (Part 2/Chapter C), I quickly found my bearings, and soon I was completely pulled into this world.

I loved watching Ming try to gain her footing after 20 years of suspended animation as she tried to determine whom to trust. A special bright spot was her friendship with Lyra. The romance with Tieg was a bit understated but fit well with the story. And I was constantly guessing what would happen next!

I did think the resolution felt a little quick and easy (I guess I expected a little more danger), but overall, I really enjoyed this book! I'm definitely looking forward to Tyers' sequel series. 4 stars.

Note: This is a re-issue/update of a novel first published in 1989.

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The Artist Librarian, July 13

To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away the grand prize package of a still-in-box set of miniature toys that was released in 1996 to go with her novel, Star Wars: The Truce At Bakura, a signed copy of Firebird and One Mind’s Eye!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Kathy Tyers is widely published in speculative fiction, including her award-winning Firebird series and two licensed Star Wars “Legends” novels, as well as a travel book, a writing reference book, and a memoir co-written for classical guitarist Christopher Parkening. Her messiah-in-space novel Daystar, fifth in the Firebird series, won a 2013 Carol Award, and her terraforming/genetic engineering science fiction novel Shivering World won the 2019 Christy Award for Visionary Fiction. At home in southwest Montana with her husband William Gillin, Kathy focuses on writing, teaching music, and freelance editing.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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