Review: “Lander” by J. Scott Coatsworth

TITLE: Lander
AUTHOR: J. Scott Coatsworth
SERIES: The Oberon Cycle
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Sci-fi
LENGTH: 294 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 13, 2018
PRICE: $6.99– e-book/ $16.99 – paperback


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?.

We, at OptimuMM,  decide to host time to time a guest reviewer.
So please welcome KristyAnne Norton and her amazing review of Lander by J. Scott Coatsworth:

I have only read a hand full of Sci-Fi books. I tend to lean more toward the paranormal genre. So I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Skythane. I took a chance and requested an ARC copy. I was completely hooked. I had some questions at the end of the book and was glad that I had the next one to follow it up with.

In the first book, we meet Quince. I love her strength and tenacity. It thrills me beyond belief when authors write strong female characters. That woman has a plan and the brass to accomplish it. She brings two men together against all the odds and fights to keep them on the path to save the two halves of a world.

Xander is a stubborn man who’s had a nasty past and is trying to survive with his head and heart intact. He does not trust easily and getting him to open his heart is an almost painful thing to watch. Jameson is fighting to find his true self and find his strength amongst his own people. He knows he has to give up everything that made him Jameson in order to be the king he’s destined to be.

There are a few characters that surfaced at the end of Skythane that you will meet in Lander. The Queens strength will be tested as she and Quince are reunited. Alix will have to put aside his feelings for Xander and help Jameson save his people. The story does have multiple points of view, and some readers do have a problem with that, but it honestly did not bother me. The book flowed, and with a book that has so many pieces moving and characters facing their own challenges, it was necessary.

I did have a problem with so many side characters coming and going as the book moved along. I would forget who was who and how they came to be. But I think that had more to do with me being so engrossed in the plot that if a character wasn’t screaming for attention, I would overlook them. The ending of Lander leaves us with another cliffhanger, and I do wish I had more answers than questions when leaving a book.

I highly recommend this book to any Sci-Fi lover and to anyone who wants to be swept away into a fantastical world of flying angels and those willing to help them bring peace and beauty to a world worth fighting for.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by :  Laura McNellis

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