Book review: The Segonian by Dianne Duvall

The Segonian (Aldebarian Alliance #2)

It’s hard to explain this book if you have read the books that precede it.  And I recommend you do.  Chronologically, there are two books in the Gifted Ones series, then twelve books in the Immortal Guardians series, before the Aldebarian Alliance series starts.  This book is the second in the Aldebarian Alliance series, and yes, I recommend reading all three series in order.

The Gifted Ones series takes place in medieval England, and the Immortal Guardians series takes place in present-day America.  The Aldebarian Alliance starts in present-day American and moves to outer space and other planets.  As far as I can tell though, they are not set in the future.

Without trying to give spoilers for any of the three series, there is a virus on Earth.  It turns people into vampires, effectively, by requiring them to drink blood and eroding their mental capacity until they become mindless hunters.  They develop superhuman strength and speed, and, yes, they grow fangs.  They’re also severely allergic to sunlight.  A ‘gifted one’ is a person born with unique DNA which provides them with gifts such as telekinesis, telepathy, precognition, psychometry, etc.  When these gifted ones are infected with the vampiric virus, they gain the superhuman strength and speed, the need to drink blood and the allergy to sunlight, but (and this is the key part) they retain their mental capacity.  These individuals are known as Immortal Guardians, and they use their improved strength and speed, as well as their original gifts (which vary from person to person) to fight the vampires and save humanity.

The Segonian, as I mentioned, takes place off Earth.  Eliana is an Immortal Guardian.  At the end of the previous book, the spaceship she was on was attacked, and she ended up floating out in space in a spacesuit.  She had enough air to last a couple of days.  Help was more than a month away.  She was doomed.

The first interaction between Eliana and Dagon (who is the captain of a spaceship looking for survivors from the spaceship wreckage) is via radio.  Or the high tech version of radio, I guess?  I don’t pretend to know much about space travel!  Dagon and some of his crew talk to Eliana as she floats alone in space, and start to admire and like the woman on the other end of the communications.  They’re saddened when they realise that they’re too far away to save her before she runs out of oxygen.  

I won’t spoil the book, but it’s a fun story that I enjoyed reading.  Eliana is strong, sweet and funny.  She is the ultimate kick-ass heroine.  Dagon is utterly bemused by Eliana and it’s sweet to watch him fall for her.  The crew make fantastic secondary characters.  “I want one!”  Ha ha!  Sorry, inside joke that you’ll get after you’ve read the book.

My only niggle about the book is that so many of the alien races are humanoid, and basically, meet human criteria for attractiveness and sexual compatibility.  I know, these are romance books, so it’s bound to be the case, but it seems unlikely doesn’t it?  Dagon is a Segonian (hence the title) and yet he really only has one significant thing that makes him different from any handsome human male, and that one thing is not something that would affect his attractiveness (again, trying not to give spoilers!).  This little niggle though is not enough to stop anyone from enjoying the book.  And yes, there are races that are less humanoid that are encountered.  I highly recommend reading all three series – The Gifted Ones, The Immortal Guardians and the Aldebarian Alliance.  Great reads.

 

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