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Astounding! by Kim Fielding

Astounding

Astounding! by Kim Fielding

Published by: Dreamspinner Press on June 26, 2015
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)

Carter Evans founded the speculative fiction magazine Astounding! because he wanted to have an impact on the genre. And while he did help launch several authors–including his ex-boyfriend–the magazine is on its last leg. He expects he may only be able to publish one more issue. Which is why the stories from J. Harper are a distraction he doesn’t need. They’re among some of the worst writing he’s ever read, they follow the same general format, and they just keep coming. So Carter writes a brutally honest rejection letter on a lark while he’s drinking one evening with no intention of ever sending it. But when he wakes up the next morning, he realizes he’s done just that. Feeling awful about being so rude, Carter drives from Seattle to Portland to apologize in person. And when he meets John Harper, he discovers that he is a sweet and charming (and attractive!) man, who is a fan of the magazine and graciously invites Carter into his home. There’s something else: John also claims to be from another planet. It’s a lot for Carter to take in, but as a fan of science fiction, shouldn’t it follow that some aspect of those stores might somehow come true? Despite his uncertainties, Carter decides he wants to get to know John better. What could it hurt?

This is a fun and entertaining read. It’s not necessarily a comedy, but there’s a lightness to it that I really appreciated. Carter’s in a rut, but he doesn’t wallow. And John is just so incredibly endearing that I think it would be impossible for a reader to not be drawn to him. Another great romantic journey from Kim Fielding that I highly recommend!

Flux by Kim Fielding

Flux

Flux by Kim Fielding

Series: Ennek Trilogy, Book 2
Published by: DSP Publications on September 6, 2016 (re-release)
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Synopsis

Ennek took a huge risk in saving Miner from Stasis. Even the son of the Chief must obey the laws of the land. But the thought of Miner spending more time suspended in a dreamless sleep troubled him too much. Of course, so did the idea of becoming the puppet of his mentor, a man who wished to see Ennek on the throne so he could control him.
 
And now, Ennek and Miner find themselves on the run. Their mission is to get as far away from Praesidium as possible. What they don’t realize right away, though, is that they may be in more danger from those they come across than anyone who might be following them. And if they have any hope of staying together, they will both need to be strong–in mind, body, and spirit.
 

Review

This is an interesting follow up to the first book. The previous installment took place mostly in the castle, and largely in Ennek’s room. Here, we’re on quite a journey, both by land and by sea. And the cast of characters that Ennek and Miner run into are more varied, and in some cases more unstable, than anyone they’ve encountered before.
 
I did enjoy the journey aspect of this story quite a bit. And the uncertainty that Ennek and Miner face was rather apparent as the story went along. I did feel like they kept playing out the same scenario in different ways, however, so I would have liked to see just a bit more variation.
 
That said, it’s an enjoyable m/m fantasy romance, and I look forward to picking up the final installment in the series.
 
[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

Stasis by Kim Fielding

Stasis

Stasis by Kim Fielding

Series: Ennek Trilogy, Book 1
Published by: DSP Publications on May 17, 2016 (2nd edition)
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)

Ennek is the youngest son of the Chief of Praesidium. Since he’s not the heir, he’ll need to find his own place in this society with a strict moral code. A code that is enforced in a unique way. Instead of prison time, criminals are sentenced to slavery. And for major crimes, those convicted can be placed in Stasis for dozens to hundreds of years. While in sleep-like Stasis, one’s body doesn’t age. And when the convict awakes, everyone they knew and everyone who knew them is long gone. They live out their days as a slave in an unknown world.

When Ennek was a child, he was allowed to visit the cells where the Stasis prisoners are kept. During that brief visit, he became fascinated with one of them, and he hasn’t been able to shake him from his mind. And as a new threat reveals itself from inside Praesidium, Ennek will need to decide what’s most important–the rule of law or saving people from the most horrible of fates.

There was something about the world that Kim Fielding has created here that struck me as unique and refreshing. Although one can certainly find some elements here common to other fantasy stories, nothing here seems like a trope. Readers get something original and compelling.

One thing I find interesting is the character of Ennek. He’s not a typical hero. Because he’s resigned himself to being second–he’s not the heir–he seems content to just let things happen to him. And that gets him into some tight spots. Spots he’ll only get out of if he can try to find a way to step up. He’ll need to make difficult decisions, the likes of which he’s never faced before.

Ennek and Miner have a journey before them. And it’s one I look forward to reading in the remaining books.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

Standby by Kim Fielding

Standby

Book Info

Title: Standby
Author: Kim Fielding
Published: February 19, 2015
Pages: 30
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

Tom just wants to get home. It hasn’t been the best trip, his phone is dead, and he’s stuck waiting on standby–which now means he has to wait overnight in the airport. Sadly, there’s also nothing and no one in the airport to keep him entertained, so he thinks he might just try to sleep through it. But he soon learns he’s not the only one at the airport. Rafael intrigues him, and he figures they can have a conversation to get him through his stay…then they will likely never see each other again. But sometimes when you’re down on your luck, things absolutely have to take a good turn at some point, no?

This is a relatively quick read, but a fun and charming story. And that’s to be expected when a story is penned by Kim Fielding, but this one certainly doesn’t disappoint. In a small number of pages, these two and their relationship really stand out and come to life. Interestingly, I read this while on a layover in the airport, and wouldn’t have minded meeting my own Rafael while I was there. I guess a guy can always hope, no?

Guarded by Kim Fielding

22446836Title: Guarded
Author: Kim Fielding
Published: June 9, 2014
Pages: 111
Publisher: Goodreads M/M Romance Group
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:
The prince has never hidden his disdain for Volos, a former soldier and palace guard whose father emigrated from the country they fought in the last great war, so it is no surprise when he declines Volos as a bodyguard to accompany him on a diplomatic mission. But after the prince is captured, Volos finds himself chasing after him anyway. He is bound not only by a sense of duty to his country and the crown but also feelings that he’s harbored for the prince for some time but never outwardly expressed – and can’t help but wonder how those might impact how his rescue mission might play out.

Even though this is on the shorter side, it felt like an epic story to me. There is a wonderfully rich world here that comes through in ~100 pages and it is so easy to get immersed in Kim Fielding’s writing. I give this one a very high recommendation.