Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Author Tabitha Lord dedicates the first sequel to her science-fiction novel Infinity to her father, who first showed her the stars. As with its predecessor, this installment titles most of its chapters based on whose third-person perspective it chiefly follows, akin to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice pantheon. The first opens with Derek, one of the two primary protagonists, being followed by something or someone, and visits a bar, ultimately returning to the Horizon for a debriefing. There, it is revealed that two Alliance planets have been lost to the antagonistic Drokarans.

Events from the first book are reference early on, such as how Caeli Crys, the other protagonist with many chapters dedicated to her own third-person viewpoint, helped handle a crisis on Tharsis, along with an aversion of terroristic activity. One of the sequel’s points of interest is dealing with the theme of human trafficking, with the world of Raasvan engaging in the illicit activity, and espionage established over one of its auction houses. Caeli doesn’t get her own chapters until a way through the early portion of the story, and often dreams of Derek, with tragedy having separated her from her initial love.

One interesting narrative technique the sequel uses, absent from the first book, is the focus in between and/or after chapters of dated correspondence between high-ranking officials such as the Secretary General of Almagest, Jed Worthington, who communicates with others such as scientists. This definitely helps the first follow-up with some behind-the-scenes narratives other than those focused on Derek and Caeli. Overall, the second book in Lord’s sci-fi series is definitely a recommended read for those who enjoyed the first book, and as with most franchises whose stories are deeply interconnected, readers new to the pantheon will definitely want to start with the first book before reading the second.

Tabitha currently lives in Rhode Island. She is married, has four great kids, two spoiled cats, and lovable lab mix. Her degree is in Classics from College of the Holy Cross and she taught Latin for years at an independent Waldorf school, where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.

Tabitha’s debut novel, Horizon, won the Writer’s Digest Grand Prize for Self-Published Fiction in 2016, and was named finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and National Indie Excellence Awards. Infinity, the second book in the Horizon series, will be released in June 2017. Her short story “Homecoming” appears in the anthology Sirens, edited by Rhonda Parrish and published by World Weaver Press, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also a senior editor for www.BookClubBabble.com.

Visit her blog at www.tabithalordauthor.com where she discusses favorite topics including parenting, teaching, and her writing journey.

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