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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Allure of Oartheca falls into the science fiction, space opera, and LGBTQIA+ sub-genres, and was penned by author James Siewert as part of the Oarthecan Star Saga of novels. The book is recommended for mature adult reading owing to the presence of graphic violence, explicit language, and scenes of a sexual nature. In this intrepid and highly ambitious work of episodic adventures, we follow the exploits of two fated individuals with darkness in their pasts, brought together by chance and pushed to the limits of their bodies and souls. With the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance, cybercriminal Rowland Hale and the once-successful, now-diminished Toar Grithrawrscion will find a lot more than they bargained for as the galaxy throws its worst at them. But together, they might just make it through their pain and find what they’re seeking in life.
Author James Siewert tells a truly epic adventure in this meticulously crafted and gorgeously penned space opera, delivering emotional hardship, thrilling high-octane action, danger around every corner, and steamy romance in its more mature scenes. For anyone seeking an accurately represented presence of LGBTQIA+ in their science fiction, you need to look no further than the authentic and non-gimmicky presence of Siewert’s characters, who are beautifully drawn, realistically damaged by their difficult lives, and very admirable for what the plot puts them through and how they rise to each challenge. I also enjoyed the worldbuilding of the piece, which I felt gave plenty of intricate details on how the setup works and leaves loads of room to explore more facets of this excellent space saga in the future, which I would certainly love to do. So for any readers seeking an explosive work of science fiction with exciting characters and a truly relatable romance, I would definitely recommend Allure of Oartheca.