Nova is a gem of a
novel. If you can get past one huge faux pas, any sf buff with half a brain
should find something to enjoy in this book.
Nova is primarily a space opera. If you don’t like space opera, don’t worry,
the book is more than just space opera. It is a thoughtful extrapolation of
the future (well, except for the faux pas), as well as a philosophical mind-
twister. But it is primarily a space opera.
Lorq Von Ray assembles a rag-tag crew to hunt the hitherto scarce source of
power in a nova, all the while trying to beat his childhood enemies at the
same game. Shakespearean intrigue of mythical proportions plows straight into
a well-conceived action-adventure. With gorgeous prose. What’s not to like?
If you are one of those people who thoroughly dislikes new age quackery, such
as the tarot, it will take a large suspension of disbelief to overcome the
faux pas of making the tarot a scientific method of guiding the characters’
lives (as if!). But if that hurdle can be got over, Nova is well worth it.