The Triskelion

A Speculative Fiction Adventure (New Earth Chronicles Book 2)

Fiction - Dystopia
369 Pages
Reviewed on 09/09/2019
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

The Triskelion by Victoria Lehrer is a dystopian tale where two people desperately in love are trying to find each other, but the world has other plans for them. Dora d’Arc is the daughter of a Landlord of the Earth and she is in love with a prisoner. While Dora and Caellum are in love, they cannot find a way to be together as long as he is in jail for challenging the people who rule them all. In order to be near him, Dora moves to Transtopia but only to find herself figuratively under the oppression of the Imperial Governor. With no way out of their predicament, Dora decides to marry the son of the Imperial Governor in exchange for Caellum’s life. However, she has no idea that he has already broken out of his prison and is masterminding a plan that will not only free the people but enable both of them to be together forever. What is going to happen now? Can Caellum and Dora find a way to be together?

Although I did not read the first novel in the series, I had no issue with becoming invested and interested in the characters. The story itself is very captivating; the highs and lows of the plot had me riveted and wanting more. Dora and Caellum were going through some tough times in this novel, but their growth and development were amazing. Dora was not helpless or desperate; Caellum was fearless and ready to fight. They made a very strong couple that makes you want to cheer them on. I loved the story, the characters, and even the villains. There was nothing I would wish for the author to change in the story. It is perfect the way it is! A very interesting and entertaining novel.

Lit Amri

Victoria Lehrer’s New Earth Chronicles continues with Book 2: The Triskelion. In this post-Solar Flash sequel, royal Dora d'Arc is worried about the incarcerated Caellum Nichols, who's facing execution for challenging the imperial reign. She journeys to the Three Mountains and seeks Eena, where they plan to rescue Caellum with the help of the augurs. Unfortunately, the ruthless Imperial Governor Charles Scholtz is eager to execute his Big Five project; the first will be to insert behavior-modifying chips on a mass scale to create compliant citizens and the prisoners will be the early subjects. Assisted by Scholtz's own grandson, Caellum is spared from being chipped but their troubles are merely starting. The Three Mountains community is under threat, as Scholtz's army is relentless in finding their hideout. Meanwhile, knowing her feelings for Caellum, Scholtz cunningly offers to spare the young rebel's life if Dora marries his son, Rolf. What will become the future of the Sovereign Movement?

The tight plotting, clear prose, engaging storytelling and Victoria Lehrer’s creation of characters as well as world-building are impeccable. The Triskelion is as impressive as its predecessor, where the strength of the characterization deftly moves the well-paced plot with a potent blend of sci-fi, suspense, intrigue, and drama. Dora’s determination to save Caellum and do her part for the Sovereign Movement while keeping her role as a royal under the watchful eye of Charles Scholtz is easily rootable and will keep readers on edge. All in all, The Triskelion is a gripping read and a solid continuation for the New Earth Chronicles. Fans of the series will truly enjoy this commendable work from Lehrer.

K.C. Finn

The Triskelion is a work of science fiction and dystopian fiction penned by author Victoria Lehrer, and the sequel to the epic adventure The Augur’s View. In this new story set in the same world, the New Earth Chronicles continues after the Solar Flash in the new system which the world has adopted. Here, the very royal and seemingly proper Dora d’Arc finds herself in a predicament when she falls in love with the imprisoned commoner rebel Caellum Nichols. As political and familial plots weave their way around Dora, she must navigate them with all her smarts, and a little help from our old friend Eena, to save the day and try to keep the man she loves.

A romance set in the heart of a complex, political dystopian drama, this is a beautiful game of chess which author Victoria Lehrer plays out in her new society. I love how the storyline and genre elements are totally different to The Augur’s View, but the overall tone and strict new world feels just the same. It’s excellent to have a new central heroine to follow with a strong emotional arc, but there’s also the wider politics of the rebel movement to consider and the connections to old characters we know, as well as powerful new symbols we have yet to understand. Overall, The Triskelion is an accomplished science fiction novel of high literary quality, expanding a fantastically developed new world whilst also providing a new kind of plot for us to follow within it.

Samantha Gregory

The Triskelion by Victoria Lehrer is the second book in the New Earth Chronicles. It tells the story of Dora, a royal, who harbors a secret love for Caellum. Caellum is a criminal who has been locked away for challenging the reign of the royals, but Dora hopes to save him from certain death. Unfortunately, she cannot move around freely and she is expected to marry someone else to appease the Imperial Governor. Dora and Caellum are facing an uncertain future, but they are both fighting in their own way.

Victoria Lehrer has created an interesting story with The Triskelion. The book is set in the not so distant future of 2037. The world has been destroyed, but people are trying to rebuild it. The author has included so much detail that I could really picture this futuristic world. There is a lot going on and there is a lot of futuristic tech involved, like nanites, and the plan to inject people was intriguing. I thought the story flowed well, and I enjoyed reading about the characters. I have not read book 1, but I understood what was going on from this book. I liked how the characters interacted with each other, the dialogue was natural and the story kept me turning the pages. I think that this book could fall under science fiction too, although the cover makes it seem like high fantasy. There is a mix of everything in here. I would recommend The Triskelion by Victoria Lehrer. I enjoyed this book and would read the whole series to see what happens.