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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Foundry: Dianis, A World In Turmoil is a science fiction tale by author Frank Dravis, and is the opening novel to a new series focusing on the planet Dianis. In a galaxy fraught with war by the fearsome Turboii, the world of Dianis is classed as a primitive planet, which must be protected. Our hero is cultural anthropologist Chief Inspector Achelous Forushen, who has been working on Dianis up until he is mysteriously due to be seconded elsewhere. The fact that Achelous’s secondment coincides with finding a rare and powerful resource under the surface of Dianis makes him suspicious that this primitive little world might not stay protected for much longer, and he decides that he’s prepared to do something about it.
The Foundry: Dianis, A World In Turmoil is a deeply involved and intellectual work that deserves high praise indeed. The plot surrounding Dianis and its place in the wider political landscape of the galaxy is extremely well constructed and realistically developed, and author Frank Dravis writes in detail without overdoing the information we’ve given. In a mixture between the social and scientific worlds, Achelous Forushen is a well rounded character with true emotional connections to the people and the planet for which he feels a responsibility. His relationship with Marisa and Boyd is heartfelt, and his leadership in the revolt against Nordarken Mining is inspiring without overdoing the heroics. Overall, I’d highly recommend The Foundry to readers of serious science fiction who are looking for a high quality read in which to immerse themselves.