Infinity by Tabitha Lord

Infinity by Tabitha Lord

In the second installment of the award-winning Horizon series, Dr. Caeli Crys returns to her war-torn world to fight for those she left behind.

Almagest, Caeli’s home, stands on the brink of revolution. Long hidden from the rest of the galaxy, the once-peaceful planet suffers under a regime that grows more violent and oppressive by the day. Marcus, Almagest’s dictator, is building an arsenal of alien weaponry by selling empathic children into slavery. A resistance has risen, but they are outmanned, outgunned, and in hiding.

Joined by Commander Derek Markham and his elite squadron of operatives, Caeli embarks on a dangerous mission to find the Resistance, rescue her captive people, and save her civilization from destruction.

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author in exhange for an honest review.

Having just finished the first book in this series, I was more than happy to dive straight into book two – Infinity. It picks up where Horizon left off. Things are really going south on the once-reclusive planet of Almagest. Power crazed dictator Marcus is keen to open up the planet to galactic trade in a bid to build his stockpile of weapons and work on his prototype air force. All the while, he trades off Novali children – empathic children with a host of potentially devastating skills, to any rogue or villain with the goods he needs.

Infinity by Tabitha Lord

Having fled the planet following her chance meeting with Commander Derek Markham, Dr Caeli Crys has worked hard to rebuild her life, first aboard the Alliance spacecraft Horizon as a medic. Then later, she moves in with Derek’s parents while he sees out his tour of duty. Then a case comes up – the sale of an empathic girl that can heal. Most troublingly, that she is being touted as able to kill as well. A mission to disrupt the illicit auction sees a wider plan enacted to attempt to overthrow Marcus and reclaim Almagest for its people.

Infinity builds on the characters and plots set out in Horizon, driving them further and expanding on the universe the stories are set within. Things are poised nicely for the third book in the series to continue the story as there is still clearly more to learn about Caeli and Derek, and the planet of Almagest.

As with Horizon, Infinity is written from dual perspectives – those of Caeli and Derek. It allows thoughts, views and feelings to once again be viewed from different perspectives as they both play differing roles in the story as it unfolds. Once again this is a wonderful sci-fi story without overdoing it. Tabitha Lord also goes into the back history of Almagest in this outing. We learn about the power of the planet, and how the empathic Novali came to be. It also gives insight into the rifts that occurred, the beginnings of a divide between the ruling powers.

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Horizon by Tabitha Lord

Horizon by Tabitha Lord

Caeli Crys isn’t living—she’s surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. When she feels the injured pilot suffering from miles away, she can’t help but risk discovery to save his life.

Commander Derek Markham awakens stranded on an uncharted planet. His co-pilot is dead, his ship is in ruins, and he’s only alive because a beautiful young woman is healing him with her mind.

As Derek recovers, Caeli shares the horror of her past and her fear for the future. When Derek’s command ship, Horizon, sends rescue, Derek convinces Caeli to leave with him. But his world is as treacherous as hers—full of spies, interplanetary terrorist plots, and political intrigue. Soon the Horizon team is racing to defend an outlying planet from a deadly enemy, and Caeli’s unique skills may just give them the edge they need to save it.

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author in exhange for an honest review.

Horizon is a fast-paced sci-fi with plenty of twists and turns. It follows two leads: Caeli, a member of a race of people, some of whom have empathic abilities. She always looks to use her abilities to help, especially as she has the added ability to diagnose and heal patients just by touching them. She finds herself on the run from a fractured community of her people. A community not gifted with empathic abilities. A community that, while once amicable, has been whipped up into a fervor of fear and hatred against their neighbours. When the worst happens, their community is attacked and survivors carted back to be reintegrated into a society that worked to get rid of them. Commander Derek Markham finds himself stranded on a mysterious planet, Caeli’s planet, having crash landed his spacecraft in the forest.

Horizon by Tabitha Lord

Circumstances bring the pair together as Caeli does everything to avoid being found while feeling driven to nurse Derek, critically wounded in the crash, back to health. During this time she shares with him the story of her past, and what has led her to be where she is, living in a cave and subsisting off the land. It’s a story of mistrust, hatred and civil unrest. When his crew rescues him, he takes Caeli off planet with him in the hope of giving her a sense of safety. Together with his crew, Derek and Caely seek to uncover who shot his spacecraft down, and uncover who is plotting a terrorist attack against an Alliance-protected planet.

I loved the way Horizon is written. It alternates from chapter to chapter, telling the story from the perspective of Caeli and Derek in turn. This makes for a fantastic read, especially once their stories combine and intertwine. It gives the reader a sense of the feelings and emotions of each character in turn. I enjoyed the way the story seemed to primarily focus on one character, then in the later stages the focus swaps. Horizon is an easy-reading sci-fi that is entirely enjoyable, and I am glad to have its sequel to dive straight into.

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