Brand of Light, by Ronie Kendig: Review
Kersei Dragoumis of the planet Drosero thought an unwanted marriage was the worst fate imaginable . . . until an inexplicable tragedy destroys her entire family and leaves her in the hands of a space organization intent on blaming her—and torturing her—her for their deaths.
Marco Dusan has dedicated his life to a holy call: using his superhuman gift to hunt criminals and bring them to justice. But when the mysterious Droseran girl becomes his next target, nothing in his black-and-white world is as clear as it once was. There is more at work in the shadows of space than either of them can know . . . and with the burning brands that mark both of their arms, they may be bound to one another by more than just the draw between them. Perhaps even by the fate of the universe itself.
Ronie Kendig was recommended to me by a writer friend and I have really enjoyed exploring this talented writer's narrative prowess! Not only does Brand of Light boast an intricate sci-fi world complete with complex technology, religious and political tensions, and an expansive reach, but Ronie Kendig's writing brings it all to life with creativity and perfect pacing. The military plotlines showcase her expertise and I loved getting a taste of Symmachian Commander Tigo's world: especially when that world happens to be in space!
The romance between Kersei and Marco is satisfying in that it doesn't take too long for the two to untangle complicated feelings and just kiss already. After their "click moment," the sweetness continues fairly uninterrupted, and while oftentimes I did feel myself hitting my mushy-gushy threshold, I can definitely appreciate a romance storyline that is so clean!
Content Notes: Commander Tigo is a reputed womanizer, but all we see in this story is the development of true and tender feelings for one woman in particular. Allusions are made to prostitutes and illegitimate relationships among periphery characters. Kersei is almost raped at one point, but Kendig is sensitive and never explicit in her description of the event.
As my first plunge into the realm of faith-based sci-fi, I couldn't have asked for more. Thank goodness Amazon already brought me a copy of book two . . .
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