4.5 out of 5 for this series:
I was intrigued after reading “Two Moons of Sera Vol 1.,” which left me hanging on that unanswered question, “…and then what happened?” The omnibus is the complete collection of all four volumes rounding out the adventurous journey of Serafay and Torkek. Not only is the author a master story teller of fantasy, but in this collection Pavarti K. Tyler includes some interesting philosophical concepts about social conflict.
In volume one the reader is introduced to Sera, short for Serafay, the daughter of Sualwet mother Nilafay. Sera develops a relationship with the mysterious Torkek, or “Tor” as he is called in the story. Tor also has a mountain hound named Elgon. When Sera and her mother’s circumstances change very quickly as a result of conflict between Sualwet and Erdlander, Sera, Tor, and Elgon escape the violence but not to a place entirely safe for either of them.
Readers are introduced to the Erdlander camp and pod 34 in the second volume of the four part series. The residents of Pod 34 are meant to be “matched” in order for the Erdlander race to survive. Sera and Tor struggle with their uneasy existence in Pod 34 and Sera learns more about her origins as a hybrid of the Sualwet and Erdlander species, which she must keep secret from all those around her except Tor.
In volumes three and four, more characters are introduced and readers are sure to be surprised by the direction this fast paced story moves. There is plenty of action, lots of mystery and questions raised that are answered in good time.
What I enjoyed most about this story were the instances when Sera ponders the beliefs held by the Erdlander people and those of the Sualwet. She wonders about the roots of the conflict that has caused so much hatred between the species. This pondering is strongest in Volume Three after the character Mintoch is introduced.
Having read the entire collection as a single epic story, I’m not sure if any of the four volumes could stand on their own, thus my rating would be 4.5 stars. I thought the conclusion and epilogue are nicely stitched in making the four volume series a complete and satisfying read.