Author: J.J. Lore
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/16/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: M/M Romance, Science Fiction, Space Opera
Playboy Tellan knows other races consider his people spoiled and arrogant, but he’s determined to put aside fine sheets and elegant meals in order to search for a mythical Domidian elixir for his ailing sister. He’s also smart enough to realize he’ll need help staying alive in the unsettled wastes of the Empty Quadrant.
Enter Jorant, an intimidating Atavaq who’s been genetically modified to be the perfect soldier. On the run from his past, Jorant accepts the task of protecting Tellan as they venture to a planet populated by tentacled monsters and space pirates. As they search for the potion, Jorant realizes his Domidian client isn’t as helpless as he’d assumed, and Tellan is intrigued every time the taciturn bodyguard speaks.
Will their unexpected attraction to each other survive the dangers threatening to destroy them?
When a story is labeled a “Space Opera” I expect a certain amount of action and peril for my main characters. When a blurb tells me that their quest is dangerous, I expect said quest to be difficult to complete. When a story takes place in a world entirely foreign to my own, I expect to be immersed in that world. I need that world complete. I need my unasked questions answered. When I know there is an inevitable attraction between the main characters, I hope for some sexual tension and intrigue.
I will be honest; I was bored most of the way through this story. It started off fairly well. The setup of the adventure was intriguing. It was enough to keep me turning pages and wanting to see where the adventure took Tellan and Jorant. I wanted to visit the Empty Quadrant and see just how much of a wasteland it was.
However, none of my expectations or hopes were ever realized. After the initial setup, which was unsurprisingly thin, no more world building took place. No more character building took place. The action, whose first glimpse was promising, settled into the mundane. The main characters hid from peril and talked about their fears instead of facing them head on. The promising beginning to a interspecies romance, fizzled into insta-love and predictable events. The perils of the Empty Quadrants that everyone so feared? Yeah, they were pretty run of the mill.
Maybe I am too hard on my fiction, but with so many richer science fiction worlds to choose from, I can’t recommend Essent Quest.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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