Happy April Fools’ Day! I hope you’re surviving the pranks and stunts that the day is sure to bring on. While you can’t trust much that you read on the internet today, I’m bringing you an honest book review for your enjoyment. Back in January, I set myself the goal of reading at least one book each month this year. I’m well ahead of that goal though I haven’t kept my promise to myself of regular blog posting. I haven’t been feeling the drive to write but I need to get back on course. I’m far behind in the schedule I set for myself to finish my novel and I’m feeling guilty about that. I owe it to myself to follow through. To get back on track, I’m starting with some reviews of the books I’ve read so far this year. I hope you enjoy it!
By Terry Mixon
Genre: Science Fiction
Empire of Bones is a perfect opening to a very creative science fiction series. It starts with two dynamic characters. First, we have Commander Jared Mertz of the Terran Fleet as he’s heading out on an exploration mission. He’s the bastard son of the emperor though he’s reluctant to take advantage of his heritage. Then add his half-sister, Princess Kelsey Bandar who has grown up with a negative view of her brother. She has a desire to do more, be more, and gets that chance when the emperor assigns her as a junior ambassador on her brother’s ship just before they head out on the possibly long term exploration mission.
Terry Mixon has done a masterful job of creating characters and a story to draw you in and keep you turning pages right to the end. Princess Kelsey is a very strong willed woman and she does not take a back seat to her male counterparts. She’s front and center throughout the novel. Kudos to Terry for creating such a well-written female character.
His style is very easy to follow, never over your head. The novel is fast-paced so that there were no points where it seemed to drag. Empire of Bones is a fun read with adventure, excitement, characters you can be drawn to, and enough peril to make you worry about them. Once you read the first book, you won’t be able to keep yourself from buying the next.