Pawns (The Wielders of Arantha)
In a hidden base under the Sahara Desert, a team of scientists is working to mount a resistance against the invaders. Fitting an Earth ship with Jegg folding-space technology, they plan to travel to the other side of the galaxy to find a mysterious energy source - one that could help them defeat the Jegg.
Only two of the crew survive and make it to their destination: the team leader's wife Maeve, and her teenage son Davin. What they find on the distant planet forever changes the future of their family and their planet, as they enter a race against time... and against impossible odds.
Great for Sci-Fi fans
Maeve and her son Davin find themselves stuck on a primitive planet that holds secrets they'll soon uncover. In PAWNS, Patrick Hodges weaves an excellent tale that's full of action and adventure. I loved how the chapters switched POVs in PAWNS. It gives insight to what's really going on with the residents of this planet and there's so many characters for you to fall in love with.
It begins with Maeve who lost her husband in the attack from the Jegg, but she won't stop this mission until it's completed. There's something on this planet that can save her and her son's planet from the Jegg and they won't stop until the mission is completed.
Then, there is Kelia who is the leader of the women's only society. They live in fear of men and seem to be thriving without them. They reproduce by seeking out men for that reason only. And we can't forget Kelia's daughter Nyla. She was my favorite character and I enjoyed all the scenes that contained her. The women of this society are known as wielders because they each hold a power within themselves. But to the rest of the planet, it's abnormal for women to wield powers, which is another reason Kelia fears what would happen if they were ever discovered.
Lastly, you have Elzor and Elzaria. Elzaria is also a wielder who can see bits of the future. These two siblings are wanting to conquer the planet and become the supreme rulers. Even though they're the bad guys, I still enjoyed their characters. Patrick Hodges does an excellent job of making the characters personalities different, so you can't help but to remember who's who.
Final Verdict: Fans of Science Fiction novels will enjoy this read. It was one of the first science fiction books I've read and it leaves me wondering what I've missed out on. I'm eagerly waiting for the second one to hit the shelves and hope it will be as powerful as this one was.