For fans of Guardians of the Galaxy or Invincible.
Like Dragonball Z but wish it had a little more hard science fiction in it?
The il’Drach Empire spans half a galaxy, built on the feet and fists of their Powered hybrid children.
At eight Rohan of Earth learned that he was only half human. By sixteen he was an active superhero, using his inherited powers to fight crime, in mask and spandex. At twenty-two he left his home to fight for the his father’s people, expanding the il’Drach Empire and protecting it from local and interdimensional threats. At thirty-two, exhausted by ten years of ruthless warfare, he retired to Wistful, a vast sentient independent space station, to try to live a normal life.
With a steady job, someone far out of his league to date, and the most cosmopolitan selection of fine dining in the sector, things are looking up.
Then a long dormant wormhole in Wistful’s system is opened by a ship full of refugees, drawing unwanted attention from the Empire. The appearance of the refugees sets off a chain of events that will force Rohan to confront his checkered past and cast doubt on whether he can ever leave behind his violent warrior heritage.
To keep his friends safe, and himself in one piece, Rohan has to face giant insects, body-skipping assassins, vengeful armored aliens, an inquisition of intelligent bears, and a team of his fellow hybrids. The open question is whether tapping into his savage alien powers will end up destroying the peaceful life he has been trying to build.
Wistful Ascending blew me away! It is a well written story that moves along at a great pace. I immediately connected with the character of Rohan, from the prologue that feels like it would have a place in any Marvel comic, to the first few chapters where you are officially introduced to the Hybrid character. The characters are well written, using the setting of space in a familiar yet unique way to bring them to life. There are a lot of people that will connect with this book and find it a pleasant surprise.
The strength of this book is the prose and pace of the writing style. It consistently keeps the reader invested in the different plot lines while not letting any fall to the side. It moves along and makes the reader become lost through the pages, consistently making them want more. I believe that we will find out more of the powers that the Hybrids, the ones with powers in the book, have and the range of their abilities in future books.
This feels like a series that could go as long as it wants, the character being one that is deep and interesting to read about. It will appeal to fans of the trope of the retired assassin as well as that of the classic super hero. I look forward to the future additions to this series. I encourage you, turn off your engines, sit back, and let Rohan take you on a ride.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review and as always Happy Reading! Stay great!!