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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Mars The Final Day is the first book in the Legacy of the Red Planet Series by J.R. Austin, a sci-fi that combines history and myth with science to tell the story of Ikara. The life of Ikara has been modeled around the Grand Cycle, the very source and summit of its spiritual life. And now, according to the GenSeer Marador, it is in danger, so Marador delivers a coded message to the one person who stands a chance of wielding the power and the influence that could save his people and the planet. But there is no time because the Candlefall will dramatically alter the life of Ikara. Jast Rathael, the elder Speaker for Whycheral, the last Ikaran and a lowly born but ambitious and clever man, has to do everything to save Ikara. The first ride into the series is breathtaking and electrifying!
As the first book in a series, Mars The Final Day is a brilliant introduction, a unique story told with a clear and strong voice. There is a lot to love in J.R. Austin’s writing. The prose is beautiful and the author writes with unusual confidence. There is a mix of everything - from music to culture, from philosophy to spirituality, and science to history in this epic tale, and one can imagine what it would be like seeing it on the big screen. The characters are monumental, each suffused with great energy and sculpted to be a unique symbol of life. Yes, I loved the symbolism, the poetic use of language, the reflective style of the author that carries both depth and insight. Concepts like the Grand Cycle and names like Ikara – which sounds so poetic to the ears – the GenSeers and many others are succinct pointers to a bubbling imagination. You don’t need to be a fan of sci-fi to love this book because it carries deep meanings and powerful currents of insight that will leave the reader brooding for a long time after a satisfying read.