“ABENDAU’S HEIR is the first in a trilogy by Jo Zebedee. It follows the story of Kare, the son of a ruthless Empress who has been chosen to lead after her, and his struggle to escape her clutches and bring freedom to the empire. This is a hard-hitting novel that pulls no punches when looking at the consequences of putting your head above the parapet and standing up to a dictator. Kare’s character is developed in psychological detail from childhood to freedom fighter, with a well-drawn cast of back-up characters behind him. The writing style is clear and concise, with little in the way of purple prose, and the story takes the familiar SF path of good vs evil, but with believable, rounded characters on both sides.
This book could function as a standalone, with a sufficiently satisfying end, but it raises enough questions for a series. I’m looking forward to the next.”
SUNSET OVER ABENDAU – “First off, I loved the first book of the Inheritance Trilogy, Abendau’s Heir. It was one of my favorite books of last year, but this book just raised the level so high, that I have no idea how Zebedee will top it! Where Heir builds up the story, the history, the struggle, spanning over a few decades, Sunset flashes forward to ten years after Heir’s events. The book takes place at a monumental time in the Empire’s history, and all happens over the course of a few days. Zebedee’s writing is so good, and I loved how there was a balance to her first book, which has been called grimdark space opera. This one touched on some of those themes but left us with hope, and isn’t that what it’s all about?”