Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Release Day Review: Lander (The Oberon Cycle #2) by J. Scott Coatsworth

landerTitle ~ Lander

Author ~ J. Scott Coatsworth

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 13th February 2018

Genre ~ Science Fiction, M/M Romance





The Oberon Cycle: Book Two

Sometimes the world needs saving twice.

In the sequel to the Rainbow-Award-winning Skythane, Xander and Jameson thought they’d fulfilled their destiny when they brought the worlds of Oberon and Titania back together, but their short-lived moment of triumph is over.

Reunification has thrown the world into chaos. A great storm ravaged Xander's kingdom of Gaelan, leaving the winged skythane people struggling to survive. Their old enemy, Obercorp, is biding its time, waiting to strike. And to the north, a dangerous new adversary gathers strength, while an unexpected ally awaits them.

In the midst of it all, Xander’s ex Alix returns, and Xander and Jameson discover that their love for each other may have been drug-induced.

Are they truly destined for each other, or is what they feel concocted? And can they face an even greater challenge when their world needs them most?


Freya’s Review

After the physical coming together of the half-worlds, Titania and Oberon, (in Skythane, book one), there are adjustments to the weather systems, causing widespread disruption. The joining also brings the Skythane and Lander people into further conflict, with Landers intent on eradicating the Skythanes. Heading up the Lander assault is OberCorp. Leading the Skythanes are Xander and Jameson, whose relationship was established in book one. However, was the chemical, pith, responsible for their romance or not? This detail, has them wondering what is real between them, causing strain. Regardless of their personal situation, they must soldier on to save their people.

Characters who had minor roles in book one have considerably larger ones in Lander. Events surrounding Xander and Jameson remain the main arc, but the script splits more between the others. In one way, following each group of characters made reading intricate. In another, it was nice as it gave the worlds a broader perspective. But, it also took airtime away from Xander and Jameson, who I became vested in while reading book one. As such, my interest significantly increased, during their scenes. The boys are lovely together. While I advocate story over sex in a novel, as with book one, I still felt cheated of a sex scene. Thus far, over both books, the intimacy has been fade out.


Since kissing in the house of moon, memories from somewhere have been flitting through the boys’ minds. It affects Jameson more than Xander. This aspect added another dimension to the story, which I liked. The plot is further thickened by the addition of Alix and Jessa - the boys’ exes, OberCorp wanting world domination, other romantic couplings, and the carrot linking book two to book three. There’s also the odd, weird action, like someone who decided to nibble on some bread and cheese while being rescued from under a felled tree in a superstorm. That type of detail, much like the previous sentence, seeming out of place and brought me up short.

Overall there is lovely imagery, and the technical aspects are good. There is a glossary of terms and people at the end of the novel, which may be better being brought to the front or read first. It is a significant advantage to read/re-read Skythane before tackling Lander. Ultimately, this is turning into a series that I would think is best suited to totally immersing oneself in with only breaks for food and pit stops. Anything else would require some recapping. The reason I say that is because it is almost twelve months since I read Skythane and it took me a while to get back into the characters. Concurrent reading would also work.

If you are looking for a science fiction book that gives you a 360 view of a system to lose yourself in, one that has some delightfully likeable characters, and a good dose of evil too, then this book/series, could be right up your street.

Purchase Links




skythaneSkythane (The Oberon Cycle #1)

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 Kinnison, a handsome, cocky wing man 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 :: Amazon :: Dreamspinner


Meet J. Scott Coatsworth

Scott has always inhabited the place between the here and now and the what could be. Indoctrinated into science fiction and fantasy at a young age by his mother, he quickly devoured her library. But as he read more and more golden age and modern works, he wondered where all the queer people were.

Coming out at twenty three, he started writing the kinds of stories he couldn't find at B. Dalton. If his favorite genres were lacking in queer characters, he would create them himself, filling them with men who loved men. And if he was lucky enough, he'd find people who wanted to read them.

His friends will tell you that Scott's brain works a little differently - he sees links between things that others miss, and does more in a day than many people manage in a week.

Scott's stories subvert expectations, transforming traditional science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something fresh and unexpected.

He runs the Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink sites with his husband Mark, promoting and celebrating fiction that reflects a queer reality.

His fiction is filled with queer energy and infused with love, beauty and power. He imagines the world that could be, and in the process he hopes to change the world that is just a little.

Scot lives in Sacramento with his husband of 25 years, in a little yellow house with two pink flamingoes.



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