Title: The Caphenon (Chronicles of Alsea #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Fletcher DeLaney (Yiva Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: March 10, 2015 – 374 pgs
On a summer night like any other, an emergency call sounds in the quarters of Andira Tal, Lancer of Alsea. The news is shocking: not only is there other intelligent life in the universe, but it’s landing on the planet right now.
Tal leads the first responding team and ends up rescuing aliens who have a frightening story to tell. They protected Alsea from a terrible fate—but the reprieve is only temporary.
Captain Ekayta Serrano of the Fleet ship Caphenon serves the Protectorate, a confederation of worlds with a common political philosophy. She has just sacrificed her ship to save Alsea, yet political maneuvering may mean she did it all for nothing.
Alsea is now a prize to be bought and sold by galactic forces far more powerful than a tiny backwater planet. But Lancer Tal is not one to accept a fate imposed by aliens, and she’ll do whatever it takes save her world.
Once in a while, you come across a book that speaks to you on so many levels that you can’t rate it high enough. This book did that for me. I fell in love with the world. I fell in love with the characters. And I fell in love with the events and the way all those involved met those events head on and triumphed, whether they survived or not. Admittedly, I am a sci-fi geek, so yes, this book seems to be written for me. If sci-fi isn’t your thing, you’ll probably still like the book, because it’s that good, but you may not l-o-v-e the book like I do. And that’s a shame. Because everybody should love this book. I can’t say enough good things about it. I love the fact that we’re reading about an alien invasion from a viewpoint where we’re the aliens. I love the society DeLancey has built. I felt bad for Lancer Tal at the end of the book – she remains alone and you feel that isolation. I see that may change in the second book of the series, but part of me is afraid to read it. This was such a great book, and if the sequels don’t live up to the first, I’ll be so disappointed. But I will end up reading them, because Lancer Tal made me love her, and I need to read more of her story. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. I loved it. Did I say love enough? Loved it.
This book was everything I hoped/expected it to be and more! I was hooked early on by the description and scenarios and couldn’t stop reading it. The characters were engaging and made me cross my fingers hoping things would work out in their favor. This left me torn several times throughout the story as it seemed having things work out for one might be detrimental to another.
The connection between the main character and the object of her affection was intense and beautiful and I was rooting for them from the beginning. Through twists, turns, fights, make-ups and a little back-stabbing I had my fingers crossed for them. The friendships were just as intense and the connection of the Captain with her crew was a lovely thing and I truly felt they were like family.
The dialog was well written and moved the story along smoothly, even when shouting matches broke out. The twists had me biting my nails (literally!) and worrying everything was about to go belly up for the Captain several times. Well formatted and beautifully executed I can’t wait for the next in this engaging series!
Fletcher DeLancey grew up in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, hiking, cycling, and playing in the wild splendors of Oregon. She was a naturalist from the day she could walk, and her mother never knew what she’d bring home next. (The list includes snakes, crayfish, praying mantids, crickets, black widow spiders, fish, baby opossums, baby birds, hermit crabs, and of course cats.)
She combined her lifelong interest in science with a university degree in English to work in the marine education field, where she translated scientific jargon into layperson terms and helped to educate the public about the wonders of ocean life.
Fletcher lived on the Oregon coast for thirteen years, working first at a public aquarium and then for a university research program that focused on tracking great whales through their migrations. In the process she had opportunities most folks couldn’t pay for, such as playing with a giant Pacific octopus, petting a baby gray whale in the wild, and watching blue whales feed on krill while flying over the Sea of Cortez.
But she gave it all up, along with her family and friends, when she met a Portuguese woman and had to choose between home and heart. She chose heart.
She now lives with her wife and son in southern Portugal, where she writes full time, edits for Ylva Publishing, teaches Pilates, and continues to bring things home.