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Bright Star by E.G. Manetti
Some of you may remember my review of The Cartel from last year. It began The Apprentice Series. Now, with volume 2 completed, I am happy to share that Bright Star does not disappoint.
Lilian continues in her bond to Lucius. The apprentice has endured many a harrowing trial in the first installment and her tribulations are far from over in The Apprentice Volume 2.
As vowed by her bonding, Lilian must endeavor to put Monsignor's will and interests of paramount concern. Her brilliant mind aids her in her work and soon Lucius's business interests receive a hefty boost in the form of a synthetic Vistrite known as Mercium. Thanks to Lilian, The Serengeti Cartel stands to gain considerably from the new Mercium that will allow some of the lower technology to be powered more cost efficiently.
In addition, work is going forward on The Bright Star initiative that will forge forward a new era in space travel beyond the 12 systems. Indeed, these are very exciting times.
However, things are far from perfect for Lilian. Though she seems to have managed to impress Lucius and remains in his favor, there are many others of equal rank in this honor bound society that will never see Lilian for anything more than a foul doxy. Will she fair well and endure these turbulent times?
I quite enjoyed this second installment in The Apprentice Series. In fact, I would even venture to say that Bright Star is a marked improvement from its impressive predecessor. The world building continues as Manetti includes more canons from the 5 Warriors, as well as some very insightful entries regarding Vistrite mining in the Crevasse. In addition, Lilian's character gets some further development that helps the reader relate with her on a new level. The erotica is toned down in this sequel, but the writing of the sex scenes has also improved-evoking the physical response one would expect from literature of this nature. All in all, Bright Star is a delightful read for fans of science fiction and a sequel worth reading.