Author Cherie Reich has a knack for creating alien species with just a few quick images gently inserted into an exciting tale. Defying Gravity takes a young Persean linguist, Linia, on a mission into space where she meets the Medusan Alezandros. But Medusa and Perseus fought a war long years ago and Linia's dreams of communication ensuring peace seem rapidly doomed.
The aftermath of hopeless battle sees both characters flung through a wormhole onto a post-apocalyptic earth. Trapped in separate prison cells, Linia and Alezandros plot a way to escape and find communication between individuals much less fraught than between species. But can a Medusan and a Persean fall in love?
The Greek background to the names is no coincidence and the author is clearly planning more Greek-inspired novellas in this series. But the stories are independent and Linia and Alezandros' tale has a nice Romeo and Juliet feel with just the right hints of mystery--what happened to earth? What's the connection between the aliens and mythology? And will there be peace?
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to find a free ecopy of this novella.
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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