THE RISING GOLD by Ava Jae

THE RISING GOLD

From the "Beyond the Red Trilogy" series, volume 3
Age Range: 15 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Eros and Kora find new challenges as they lead their peoples in this tumultuous trilogy closer.

Early chapters throw readers back into the alien world Safara with its large cast and generous use of the Sepharon language. After his coronation, half-Sepharon Eros is Sira, the high king over the Avrae like Sepharon Kora. Eros wants to make life better for humans, starting by eliminating slavery, but can’t provide the total and immediate upheaval that rebel group Remnant demands, bringing them into opposition. And his hands are already full—there are complications from the loss of nanites, solidifying the loyalties of the eight nations, and a disease outbreak. Also heating up is his relationship with Sepharon hottie Deimos; Eros, who identifies as queer, counters his inexperience with men by researching gay sex before increasing their intimacy. Kora too has a romantic storyline with healthy portrayals of sexuality. She’s also improved as a ruler but is torn between the roles of monarch and sister, as her brother faces trial and possible execution. Humans and Sepharons alike come in varying shades of brown to pale. While dramatically improved over previous entries, the inaccessible and forced jargon and alien language and some plot weaknesses detract; however, most storylines are juggled adroitly, and the co-protagonists’ growth will delight fans.

An intricate constellation of characters and crises. (map, character list, glossary) (Science fiction. 15-adult)

Pub Date: Oct. 2nd, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5107-2238-5
Page count: 360pp
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2018




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