The Skorath Prophecy

Legends of Antares Book 1

Romance - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
430 Pages
Reviewed on 12/11/2023
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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite

Benjamin Boekweg’s The Skorath Prophecy is an intergalactic battle for freedom. The Draconians have become the supreme rulers of space. Ambassador Lucas Cale was with Colonel Jonathan Terryn and Lieutenant Colonel Fox Jagger when an assassin shot him with a poisoned dart. While Jonathan attends to Lucas, Fox leads marines in pursuit of the assassin through the space station. He radios Master Sergeant Grrrah’Kah, who helps capture a Scorpii. Meanwhile, Matt Jaimes attempts to hide from Lord Vaux, a Scorpii leader with a violent temper. Vaux kills one of Matt’s closest advisors after a Scorpii fighter’s destruction. Matt needs Jonathan to come to the Senate building to convince him to help end the slavery of humans. If slavery is ended, then he could reunite with his daughter. However, Jonathan has the Euroo princess with him and believes Matt sent the assassin.

Benjamin Boekweg builds suspense on the dynamics of the three space stations where the Draconians have placed humans with various other races. I understood the logical reason that Jonathan believed Matt had sent the assassin. They stationed Matt with the Scorpii, the race that poisoned Lucas. Every character’s appearance and personality are described in vivid detail. For example, the Euroo princess, Ellyrn, was identical to a human except her skin was blue and her hair changed color with her emotions. Grrrah’Kah resembled a giant locust. The engaging dialogue was relatable, especially with Fox reciting lines from Shakespeare. While this habit irritates other humans, his theatrical prowess proves useful when speaking to dignitaries. I felt empathy for Matt’s dilemma, and his encounters with Lord Vaux were high in tension. I couldn’t stop turning the pages for fear that I would miss a vital piece of information. The unpredictable plot twists and turns with every decision each character makes. The Skorath Prophecy will appeal to science fiction fans who enjoy stories where creativity rules over logic.