Skythane by J. Scott Coatsworth
Three POVs, Shakespearean references, and a rich tapestry of a plot that’ll leave you asking for more.
AUTHOR: J Scott Coatsworth
PUBLICATION TYPE: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 244 pgs
GENRE: Science Fiction/ LGBT
RELEASE DATE: 2/2017
COVER EVALUATION: Great use of color
AUTHOR BIO: Scott read Lord of the Rings at nine, and soon started writing his own sci-fi/fantasy with queer characters. Skythane is his first novel.
BOOK BLURB: (Taken from Amazon) Jameson Havercamp, a psych from a conservative religious colony, has come to Oberon—unique among the Common Worlds—in search of a rare substance called pith. He’s guided through the wilds on his quest by Xander Kinnson, a handsome, cocky skythane with a troubled past.
Neither knows that Oberon is facing imminent destruction. Even as the world starts to fall apart around them, they have no idea what’s coming—or the bond that will develop between them as they race to avert a cataclysm.
Together, they will journey to uncover the secrets of this strange and singular world, even as it takes them beyond the bounds of reality itself to discover what truly binds them together.
REVIEW: Three POVs, Shakespearian references, and a rich tapestry of a plot that’ll leave you asking for more. Skythane, by J Scott Coatsworth, proved to be a delightful Sci-Fantasy read. The story, albeit a bit short for a novel in the genre, flows naturally, and the main characters, Jameson, Xander, and Quince bring their own backstories into the mix, weaving a rich tale where Jameson and Xander seem as opposite as their worlds of origin. When sparks inevitably fly between them, the tension rises, more so when one of their home worlds is threatened.
Reviewer opinions naturally vary too greatly for any work to ever be considered perfect, but this reviewer did find one potential flaw in Coatsworth’s tale. Quince, in hindsight, seems an almost unnecessary character. She drives the plot, provides story-cohesion, and helps bring Jameson and Xander together, but the story might have been better without her. This is not to say that Quince, a mature woman and, perhaps, the wise sage every epic tale needs, isn’t a terrific character, but this reviewer wonders what Skythane would have been like without her presence.
But then, there’s the epilogue— so maybe Quince is more needed than it seems., which, of course, means there will be a second novel in the series!
Nicely done, J Scott Coatsworth. Can’t wait for the next installment.