Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Book Review: "Minder Rising" (Carol Van Natta)

When you're given a second lease on life, whether you asked for another chance or not and whether you wanted it or not, what will it take for you to step back and really consider the possibilities?

If you've ever found yourself in that situation, you'll be able to relate in spades to Lieren Song, one of two protagonists in Carol Van Natta's most recent science fiction romance novel, Minder Rising, book two in her Central Galactic Concordance series and easily one of my favorite most recent reads.

Science fiction isn't usually my thing ... I'll be the first to admit that. On the other hand, I think that any genre, well-written, can engage any reader, with enough care and consideration to the fact that a reader needs to remain engaged and be entertained by well-rounded characters and a forward-moving plot.

Van Natta is an absolute expert in her craft.

Her futuristic science fiction world is one of the most well-thought out and intricately detailed I've met in my recent forays into speculative fiction. In Overload Flux, book one of her series, of which you can read my review here, the world (or, rather, universe) she has created works seamlessly within itself, leaving me with no glaring gaps or dropped loops as to how everything works together. Minder Rising only continues with that same attentive consistency.

The characters left me intrigued and more than willing to keep reading to find out "what happens next" for each of them, especially Lieren (aforementioned) and Imara Sesay, the other protagonist, and Imara's impish, gifted son Derrit. (Even the characters' names make you want to find out more.) Each has his or her respective arc within the larger story narrative, and those arcs are fascinating enough that I missed each one when I switched to the other main point of view throughout.

While more theoretical and with more explanation than the first in the series, Minder Rising joins the Central Galactic Concordance books as a reinforced example of the same excellent standards according to which Overload Flux was written. I have no doubt that whether you're a science fiction fan or not, you'll be delighted to have picked up a copy of this work.

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Author: Carol Van Natta
Title: Minder Rising
Series: Central Galactic Concordance
ISBN: 978-0983174127
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


  1. This is a lovely review, Eleanore. It gives me a feel for the book without giving anything away. Carol is a fabulous writer and it's nice to see her work getting the attention it deserves. So pleased sci-fi romance has won another convert!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! And my pleasure, absolutely, to have been able to review the book so well. :) Take care!


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