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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.