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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Domum, the second book in a series by M. Susanne Wiggins, is a compelling science fiction tale with a strong appeal for fans of fantasy and dystopian stories. Set on an exotic planet called Domum, “a cloaked planet orbiting the Sun, and with a history much longer than Earth,” the story introduces readers to characters they’ll want to stick around with. Meg Arcana and Alec Ellison Abbott have just settled into their new home in Domum and it seems there couldn’t be any place better, with its exotic life and beautiful creatures. But a crisis sets in very quickly and Alec finds himself in a position far worse than what he left behind, one that will break his soul. How much does Meg have to do with him becoming a killing machine? General Arden Raynor from East America is determined to unite with Domum at all costs, even that of the life of the planet itself.
M. Susanne Wiggins has the gift for plot and character and I couldn’t help rooting for the characters, including the minor ones, through the engaging and plot-driven dialogues. The writing is atmospheric and it captures life on an imaginary planet. I loved the way characters like Alec, Kyrie, Jack, Tavis, and Sebastian are developed and their roles in the story. This author knows how to make readers love the heroes of her story and hate the villains, but the genius that moves the story forward is exceptional. The setting is nothing like I have read before, a strangely familiar world that is filled with beautiful creatures. It takes a master story teller to make readers believe in a world that doesn’t exist and Wiggins has that gift. Apart from the elements of style and the gripping nature of the story with compelling characters, this novel contains a language that is musical in nature, engaging, and utterly fluid. You’ll love the story, but you will love the way it is told as much.