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Volume II  The Missing Planets
 Printed Version: 258 Pages    Kindle Version: Available            Publisher: Sage Words Publishing, LLC            Language: English              ISBN-10: 09-91501454              ISBN-13: 978-0991501458
12/10/14 TMP Review Tour/Its Raining Books http://www.its-raining-books.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-missing-planets-by-hawk-mackinney.html#comment-form My Review: This book is the second in a series, but can definitely be read as a standalone. The events happen generations after the events of The Cairns of Sainctuarie: The Bleikovat Event. Mr. MacKinney is a talented and skilled writer. The detail and the research he has done is evident in this work. It is pure science fiction—not SFF—so don't pick this book up expecting a light read. It's not overly long (less than 250 pages), but it's not a quick read. However, if you are a SF fan it is well worth taking a look at it. There are many characters and I had trouble at first sorting out who was who, but once I got into the story, things fell more in place. And, I liked the characters—cheering them on when things got tough and worrying about them when they find themselves in difficulty. As you can see from the following excerpt, there is a lot of action going on--this book would make an outstanding action movie (Hollywood, are you listening?). I hope Mr. MacKinney has more stories for us about The Cairns of Sainctuarie. 4 flowers.
12/17/14 TMP Review Tour/Straight From The Library/Librarian Judith  --  http://straightfromlibrary.blogspot.com/ This book is a wonderful addition to the Cairns of Sainctuarie series. This is hard SF...think Larry Niven. On an adventure level, we have Terato and the Myr worlds under attack and Eklam and Korvo working desperately to find answers and resolve the issue. On a relationship level, we have the friendship and partnership of Ek and Korvo. Mr. MacKinney is a fine writer who has his world-building down pat. I'm thankful he included a glossary at the end of the book--while some things I understood based on context, it was nice to be able to verify that. And, there were other things I needed the glossary for. Because of the science involved, it could be a difficult book to read--it's definitely not a book you can skim through or read while other things are going on. But, if you are a fan of hard science fiction, this is definitely a series you will want to check out. It's not necessary to read the first book in the series; it deals with the historical background of this time, but it does give you a feel for the people. You can definitely pick up the series with this book, though. My rating: 4/5
1/7/15 TMP Review Tour/MAD Hoydenish http://madhoydenish.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-missing-planets-by-hawk-mackinney.html#comment-form

MY REVIEW

As with The Bleikovat Event (volume one in The Cairns of Santuarie series), MacKinney excels in building a world that is unique and filled with

intrigue for The Missing Planets. The Missing Planets is a true science fiction novel that doesn't make for fast reading, but is definitely enjoyable.

I especially enjoyed the relationship between Eklam and Korvo. Their struggle to find answers and solutions kept me on my reading toes to the

very end. There are a lot of world-specific terms and science-related discussions. I found the glossary to be very helpful in bridging brief gaps in

my understanding.

The Missing Planets offers complex world building, well-researched issues, and lots of action. I found myself plotting movie scenes as I read the

book. While the majority of its fans will likely be science fiction lovers, I think that The Missing Planets has appeal for sci-fantasy readers as well.

The Missing Planets is the second volume in The Cairns of Santuarie series, but can be read as a standalone. The events of volume two happen

some years after the events of volume one. If you like to know the whole story, like me, I'd recommend reading The Bleikovat Event as well. You

can see my review of it here.