Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Lucifer's Star by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus is a compelling sci-fi with interesting characters. This story centers on Cassius Mass, the best star pilot of the Crius Archduchy, a highly skilled and accomplished fighter. But he is a man who wakes up to find out that all he had fought for is lost to the Interstellar Commonwealth, including his family and nation. Now working for a freight hauler as a navigator, he does everything to hide his identity, but it is not long before his real identity is unveiled. As things spiral downhill for him, he must hold on to what really matters and learn to fight for those he really loves. Will he find meaning by choosing to fight for his heart?
Lucifer's Star is a stunning opening in a series that seems very promising for fans of sci-fi. I was pulled in from the very beginning by the strong writing, fraught with moving and vivid descriptions and great conversations. The characters are beyond compare and readers will love the way Cassius is constructed and the journey he makes back to himself. I loved the fact that after losing everything, he grows to discover what truly matters to him, and this is a reality that plays out quite often in real life. There are people who chase dreams and lust after success, but when they hit rock bottom, they wake up and start reconsidering their values. The plot is fast-paced and exciting, featuring a compelling cast of characters with eclectic traits and powerful roles. C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus are master entertainers.