Time's Tempest

The Chronicles of Xannia - Part One

Fiction - Science Fiction
379 Pages
Reviewed on 05/16/2015
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Author Biography

M.J. Moores, OCT – BFA , BEd

Growing up in Ontario, Canada, M.J. was the only child of a single mom. Her passion for the arts ignited at a young age as she wrote adventure stories and read them aloud to close family and friends. The dramatic arts became a focus in high school as an aid to understanding character motivation in her writing. Majoring in Theatre Production at York University, with a minor in English, she went on to teach both elementary and high school for 10 years throughout Simcoe County.

M.J. currently lives with her husband and young son in the countryside of Ontario, Canada. She keeps busy these days with her emerging authors’ website Infinite Pathways: providing editing services, free publicity tips, book reviews, and opportunities for authors to build their writing platform and portfolio. In addition she writes freelance articles and writing/publishing “how to” eBooks as she continues her own creative writing working toward completing the next book in the Chronicles Series. Time’s Tempest: The Chronicles of Xannia (1) is M.J.’s debut science fiction novel. She firmly believes that if she hadn’t been born a Virgo, she wouldn’t be half as organized as she needs to be to get everything done from one day to the next.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

A group of truth seekers makes a perilous journey to the Deserts to seek the ancient tablets, which would help them prevent the self-destruction of their planet, Xannia. They oppose and accuse the Kronik, governing body of Xannia, of lies and trying to bury the ancient secret. Elite CTF member Jutaya Tannya Fyce is hired to protect the group’s survival. Time’s Tempest is the first installment of The Chronicles of Xannia series by M.J. Moores.

In Time's Tempest: Chronicles of Xannia - Book One, the story starts with the protagonist Jutaya/Taya working with Professor Denali. Taya’s position as an esteemed member of the Contractor Training Facility (CTF) neither impressed nor was respected by Denali. Tempers rise when the ostracized professor accuses Taya of being an incompetent assistant, but Taya quickly puts the professor in his place. I enjoyed reading this particular part, as I cheered Taya for not tolerating Denali’s unfounded blame. Taya is a well-developed and multidimensional character, and reading the story through her point of view makes her more fascinating.

I’m also impressed with the realistic social and political issues in Time’s Tempest, with the opposition against the Kronik and Taya’s own frustrating dilemma. As the CTF’s first graduate under the age of 21, Taya’s youth becomes a hindrance. Despite her proof as a capable CTF, she has been fired from two of her long-term contracts, even though she wasn't at fault. “I was ready for anything, but the world, it seemed, wasn't ready for me.”

Moores has a knack for a vibrant depiction of sound, taste and view, making the reading highly imaginable. In the end, I didn't just get to read an enjoyable sci-fi, but one that proposes plausible futuristic technologies with relatable facts of social and political views. A solid work from Moores.