Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Camille’s Capture

Title: Camille’s Capture
Author: Evanne Lorraine
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-964-5
Genre: {M/M/F} {M/M} Multicultural, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Space Opera
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rogue Satyr

Camille is a genetically engineered breeder. Jaxon is a hot-shot space pilot. Aegis is an alien with magical skills, bent on avenging his parents’ murder. Jaxon is secretly in love with Aegis and fantasizes about ‘tri-bonding’ with him and some faceless fantasy woman, even though male/male relations are forbidden by the New Eden Space Corps. Aegis has maintained his glamour as a human for years because humans see his race as ‘demons’. Even Jaxon has no idea of Aegis’ true nature. Cami desperately wants to breed since 12 tries at artificial insemination has failed. Too bad she skipped the ‘personal insemination’ classes and doesn’t understand how to breed the old fashioned way. Can all three fulfill their personal agendas, and hide their secrets, while they are confined together on Aegis and Jaxon’s small fighter ship? And what about the intergalactic wars and political intrigue raging and swirling about them?

Camille’s Capture is simply a joy to read. Although each chapter is written in a different style, the style of the character whose point of view it is, it flows wonderfully. Almost poetic at times, the narrative still avoids purple prose. This style makes the plot easy to follow and moves along deftly. Despite the different perspectives, the story never seems choppy. Despite being a breeder, Cami’s dialogue and narrative shows her to be a sheltered, naïve and cloistered sister of a religion. Aegis thinks rationally and not having the language the humans speak as his first language, speaks precisely, like a language textbook. Jaxon’s dialogue and thoughts reminded me of the way a 1930s barnstormer or a World War II fighter pilot would speak, with some 21st century modern slang and science fiction techno-babble thrown in for good measure.

I immediately fell in love with all three characters and cared deeply for them. The author is as good at writing space dogfights and firefights as she is at sex scenes and angst-ridden conversations. There is also plenty of humor and enough misunderstandings worthy of a Shakespearean comedy. The high tech and magic combination was also put together seamlessly and believably. And we are never allowed to forget that there is an entire universe outside the characters’ world, giving a vast, galactic feel worthy of golden age space operas. A minor warning- Aegis is not human and some readers may be put off by cross-species sex. My opinion is that not only was it handled in a sensitive manner; it was also erotic. The other characters don’t think he is that far from human and find him sexy.

There are several little things that are not explained to my satisfaction, but these are minor quibbles. I loved Camille’s Capture and I hope we see Cami, Jaxon, and Aegis again.


Evanne Lorraine said...

Thank you for a wonderful review, Literary Nymphs. I'm delighted you enjoyed Camille's Capture.

Ron said...

You are very welcome and thank you for writing such a good book. We hope there is a sequel!