About the Book
Book: When Legends Rise
Author: Daphne Self
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: July 26, 2022
He is now one of them. Genetically altered . . . Designed to kill . . . Trained to eradicate . . . Until he became more. Juliet 7-A was the top elite assassin for the Global Federated Territories until an ambush deemed him beyond salvaging. He was scheduled for decommission. His only recourse for survival is a new identity and his search for the one friend he had―a friend who defected and deserted him. Those he once hunted will save him. Yet it comes with a price. A price that demands much of him. What happens when an assassin awakens?
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I have read author Self's stories before, and this dystopian, futuristic tale definitely intrigued me. This is certainly not my normal reading genre, but I wanted to try something different. This story was giving me strong Firefly vibes, and what I really enjoyed was that the world and future that was created was not hard for me to understand nor get lost in.
This story took on a lot of action and there was quite a bit of violence. However, it was a story of redemption. What happens when you have done much evil in your life, can your life change for the better? Can you be forgiven? That is the questions that Julius grapples with and he does receive his answers.
Julius is a man that has been genetically altered to become a killer. He heals quickly and is amazingly strong and for the most part feels no pain. His past memories are no more. However, a friend of his saved him once upon a time and then disappeared, and Julius is looking for him. He no longer is the person they created, now he needs answers.
Abigail is a normal human trying to get back home. She ends up paying for passage on Julius's ship and gets much more than she bargained for. I was very happy that there was romance in this space story as well.
I am looking forward to the second in this series. If you are a fan of TV shows like Firefly and or author Ronie Kendig's space opera, this is a story you would enjoy.
I was provided a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
About the Author
More from Daphne
It started as an idea back in the late 90s. It came to fruition in May 2021. The inspiration was this: salvation is free. That began the questions of: what if someone committed horrible acts, what if that person was indoctrinated and changed, what if when faced with the truth how would he react, and finally, what story from the Bible would work for my character? Of course, the story of Saul of Tarsus (Paul) came to mind. Blood was on his hands, yet he found salvation in Christ. And the story of Samson gave a bit of a parallel to my story, too.
I wrote this book before the show Halo was released, yet I had been playing the Halo video game for years. I’ve always enjoyed the backstory of Master Chief, so the main character of When Legends Rise is a bit like Master Chief John-117. Plus, if you have seen The Mandalorian, then you will see a few common themes between my book and that show. There’s also a bit of a Star Trek vibe in that I use “tech” speak and plausible science.
And what began as one book has now evolved into a 5-book series titled Legends of Light. Book two, What Legends Become, releases in June 2024 and follows the family and the continuing story of salvation, persecution, faith, and hope.
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