Author Mike Arsuaga brings the subspecies series full circle in the novel Lagrange Point. The story’s set further in the future than its predecessors. Convincing future history has led to colonies on Mars and space-travelling offspring of both humanity and its vampire and lycan subspecies. But now a slightly less convincing bit of astronomy promises hints of time-travel, just as the world prepares for upcoming disaster. Subplots of interspecies sexual relations have formed a strong background to the series and it’s interesting to find same-species/same-sex relationships brought to the fore this time, though the explicit sex scenes feel a little more gratuitous than I remembered—perhaps that’s just me. With long-lived subspecies giving birth to offspring of more human life-span, the story has grown to include a huge cast of characters, and it’s sometimes hard to remember who’s who. There’s a sadness to the drama of grandparents burying their aged grandchildren—a subplot that’s beautifully handled by the author. There’s mystery to be resolved via secrets of near and distant past. There’s excitement with murder threats and more. And the story offers an enjoyably satisfying conclusion to the series. If you’ve read the rest, you should certainly read this one. And if you’ve not read the rest, but have an interest in future history combined with past mythology, and a tolerance for well-written and complex sex scenes, I’d suggest you start at the beginning and read them all.
Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy of this novel by the author, with no strings attached.
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Sheila Deeth (SheilaDeeth)
Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more