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Reviewed by Deepak Menon for Readers' Favorite
Circumstellar Heliocentric by J.W. Lolite is a powerful fantasy story narrated by Ingrid Fairheit, apparently an ordinary teenager. The action is rapid as she narrates a horrific experience in an encounter with some 'Ankida', an ancient race of alien hybrids who have human form. Thousands of years ago, the Ankida, living in darkness, declared war on humans in order to take the land and cities. Ingrid's father, an Ankida, married a human and so Ingrid was half Ankida with strange powers slowly disclosed as the narrative continues. The Ankida would be able to conquer the human race if they found the 'Keys' to some magical locks and opened up the four 'realms' of darkness. Ingrid is one of the 'Lock Keepers' and has to keep the keys of the locks to the realms safe. But where are the Keys?
J.W. Lolite weaves an exhilarating story. Many characters emerge, each with special powers verging on the supernatural. A running battle of great intensity takes place across the continent. Many a time Ingrid is either defeated or on the verge of disaster, but will the champions who emerge one after the other be able to salvage the situation? The development of the story is excellent, each chapter fluidly flowing into the next. Descriptions of both the protagonists, as well as events and historical background, are measured and revolve around a thread of action and tension which remains throughout the book. Heliocentric is targeted for the YA audience and succeeds admirably in this fantasy fiction thriller.