A blend of Attack on Titan and Pacific Rim, Zoe Hana Mikuta‘s YA w|w cyberpunk novel, Gearbreakers, definitely caught my attention.
Tranquil alien hegemonies, a creative deployment of space travel where navigators stare at the void and the void stares back, and a captivating variety of alien species.
"Being able to create a world where people interact and engage with one another in a way different from current conditions on Earth (or in past human history) is very important to me."
Inspired by the Kingdom of Benin, it melds the journeys of a scholar with unbridled curiosity, a fixer's daughter of potent ambition, a warrior of great power that shouldn't exist, and many more that shape this world into a fascinating story offering the best of Fantasy.
"Assuming the legends were true, could humanity reverse engineer fairies out of the human genome? Could ordinary people have the makings of elves and dragons and fairies hidden in their blood and bones?"
"Survival is not enough. There has to be something else on the line. Edda has plenty of these fights over in Windborn, whenever she squares up to someone it’s not just about life or death but about what she wants it’s about how the fight stands in the way of her goals or about protecting the people she loves."
"Both of my main characters are outsiders who must change or save their world. Both are isolated and seeking connection, but David has much more of a sense of humour than my main character from Under the Lesser Moon. "
"Since the magic is channeled via enchantments, I decided the materials enchanted items were made from would dictate the kind of magic they could hold and their function."
"I wanted to do my own thing with Victories and not just copy these other franchises, but I did make sure to include awesome space battles and big mysterious alien ruins and cool alien friends and allies."
"Book two takes the promises of epic scope and runs with it. There are new locations, new cultures, new creatures, expanded magic, and world-threatening enemies."