About the book:
Title: Eric Olafson, Space Pirate
Author: Vanessa Ravencroft
Published: February 8th 2017 by Inkitt
Source: ARC received in exchange of an honest review
It’s the year 5021 and the Milky Way Galaxy is teeming with life and exotic species. The majority of the known civilizations have formed a multi-cultural mega organization called the United Stars of Galaxies. This Union is protected by the brave men and women of the United Stars Space fleet against external threats.
Eric Olafson, born and raised under harsh conditions of the traditional and inward looking society of Nilfeheim, left his planet to fulfill his dreams of becoming a Starship captain.
When Eric gets kidnaped by an unknown organization and brought to Sin4, he slowly starts to discover his central role in an ancient conflict of cosmic proportions.
I have wanted to read a book by Vanessa Ravencroft since some time now. But since I still have a big pile or ARCs to attend to, I haven’t found the proper time. So I was lucky enough to be considered as a reviewer for this great story. Imagine how happy I was when I saw her name J
The story is very very complex. It has a lot of characters, it has a very well developed universe. I absolutely loved how detailed it was, even in the most unimportant facts. I can easily state that the praise that our author has received is well deserved. I believe this is what actually makes this book fabulous. There are a lot of different species and the way they were introduced in the story, gave this natural feel. Like it’s normal to discuss with my alien friend from planet YZ. I loved that too.
The plot is as well quite enjoyable. I must say this is a generous book, as it has quite a number of pages. But at any time I did not feel bored or tired. It kept me in there until the end. It starts with Our main character, struggling to understand who wanted him so bad as to stage his death. We go right into the story from here, while Eric’s friends try to uncover the mysteries surrounding his supposed death.
Although I am quite fond of the book (and the author), there are some small items I was not very comfortable with. One of them is the alternation between the POVs. On one side, we have Eric, who narrates his own story, and the scenes in which he appears, and on the other we have all his friends, whose perspective is narrated at the third person. While this is an interesting approach, it made me confused at times. Same goes for the increased number of characters. At the beginning, it was hard for me to remember who was who and from where.
All in all, I enjoyed the story very much and I am so happy to have read it. Vanessa Ravencroft is a great writer and for sure I will read some of her other stories as well. Enjoy J
About the Author
It all started in 1989 when my friends and I played Role Playing Games such as AD, Midgard, Traveler etc. Not really satisfied with the selection of commercially available RPGames, I created a new one called Action World. Our RPG evolved into the Galactic Chronicles and I am now almost 22 years in that Universe. There are 34 handwritten 500-600 page books in the Galactic Chronicles series. I love to write and spend time in this universe.
Now I have dedicated readership from all over the world and this makes me prouder than I could ever express in words. (Sad testament for someone who claims to be a writer, I know)
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