Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Guardian by J.D. Moyer! Thank you to Random Things Tours for my spot on the tour. Check out my review and let me know what you think in the comments.
The Guardian, the sequel to the The Sky Woman, is a story of colliding worlds and the contested re-population of a wild Earth. Tem really struggles as the only brown-skinned child in the village. His mother Car-En decides that the family should spend some time on the Stanford ring station, but Tem gets caught up in the battle against Umana, the tentacle-enhanced ‘Squid Woman’, while protecting a secret that could change the course of civilization.
The Guardin is book two in the Reclaimed Earth series by J.D. Moyer, but I was fine reading it as a standalone. I felt the author gave enough background in this novel that I wasn’t missing too much from the first book. I immensely enjoyed this one.
I haven’t read a good Sci-Fi in a while and The Guardian filled that gap. I am obsessed with the world-building. Earth has been decimated, now a wild Earth populated by small villages with bug rivalries. It took me a bit to get into this novel, but when the story picks up, it transports you right to wild Earth and it’s awesome!
J.D. Moyer took a risk with multiple perspectives in this book, but it worked so well. Each character was as complex as the next and had their own, unique, personality. I love a good multi-POV read and it always impresses me when it works this well.
A clever plot, awesome world-building and complex characters, The Guardian was a thrilling read that I definitely recommend to Sci-Fi lovers. I intend to go back and read book one!
J.D. Moyer lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, daughter,and mystery-breed dog. He writes science fiction, produces electronic music in two groups (Jondi & Spesh and Momu), runs a record label (Loöq Records), and blogs at
jdmoyer.com. His previous occupations include dolphin cognition researcher, martial arts instructor, Renaissance Faire actor, dance music event promoter,and DJ.
His favorite authors include Iain Banks, Octavia Butler, William Gibson, Kim Stanley Robinson, Margaret Atwood,and David Mitchell.
His short stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, The InterGalactic Medicine Show, Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores,and Compelling Science Fiction. His novelette The Icelandic Cure won the 2016 Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction contest. His debut science fiction novel The Sky Woman was published by FLAME TREE PRESS in 2018.
Recurring themes in his fiction include genetic engineering, the sociological effects of climate change, virtualized consciousness,and evolutionary divergence.
Let me know what you think!