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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.

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Comment by 4-LAN on April 22, 2015 at 8:50pm

Alright! Glad to see so many people participating in this week's book review. Please share the link :-)

Comment by E. G. Manetti on April 22, 2015 at 3:32pm

*happy author dance*

Comment by Joleene Naylor on April 22, 2015 at 3:31pm

Already bought my copy now to get to it... my TBR list is too long. Anyway, I enjoyed the first one and am looking forward to this one as well! Great review - makes me want to move it ahead of schedule LOL!

Comment by 4-LAN on April 19, 2015 at 2:27pm

Martin, glad you could stop by. Thanks for the tweet :-)

Comment by Martin Murphy on April 19, 2015 at 1:38pm
Sounds a great read - thanks for the review 4-LAN. Have tweeted the review, which I hope will draw some more people to it. Good luck with sales.
Comment by 4-LAN on April 19, 2015 at 8:15am

Ken, glad you could stop by :-)

Be on the lookout for my review of Dark Tidings.

Comment by Ken Magee on April 19, 2015 at 7:28am

Nice review - Bright Star sounds exciting.

Comment by E. G. Manetti on April 18, 2015 at 10:24am

Posted on Facebook - so that's telling a bunch of friends.  ;D

Comment by 4-LAN on April 18, 2015 at 10:12am

Sure E.G. :-)

Tell a friend and let's get this review over a hundred views!

Comment by E. G. Manetti on April 18, 2015 at 9:23am

Thank you, 4-LAN!

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