In Sisters of the Perilous Heart, author Sandra Vasher crafts an intriguing adventure tale set in a low tech medieval culture on a remote, alien world, sprung from Earthly explorers of the far future. Using a clever scientific premise, she creates two conflicting future “races”, Mortals and Immortals, and a well-thought-out “magic” system based on the source of their differences.
Against this backdrop of science fantasy, Sisters follows the perilous journeys, both geographical and emotional, of two diverse groups of characters who are drawn together and then separated by events as they unfold around them. Most primary characters are well-drawn, and the reader will come to care about what happens to them; others are less defined. Author Vasher’s writing is crisp, and her dialog is both believable and true to character. Her scene-setting is sparse at times, leaving more to the reader to fill in than might be wise, but the plot and narrative flow well.
Sisters in intended to be the first book in the Mortal Heritance series, and as such both stands alone well and yet does leave the reader wondering what will happen next. Something of a coming-of-age journey of one of the main protagonists brings a minimal romantic aspect to the story, which may be expanded on in future volumes. Excerpts from fictional works such as diary entries, reference books and scientific journal articles provide some insight into one group of characters who are never revealed in any detail, but the reader could be left wondering about the true reasons the protagonists are in conflict with them. One hopes this is intentional on the author’s part and will be clarified later in the series.
But Sisters is mainly about adventure, conflict both armed and unarmed, magic, royal intrigue, and the beginnings of a culture’s race for survival.
We at NeoLeaf Press give this book our Gold Recommendation and rate it 4 out of 5 stars.
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