Firing of the Crucible

Heros are not born. They are made.

Fiction - Science Fiction
298 Pages
Reviewed on 05/28/2015
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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

Firing of the Crucible by Michael Eves Shaffer is a science fiction story that certainly entertains. The starship Vangart is laboriously traversing the universe to a planet where an experiment was conducted more than two thousand years ago, but eventually terminated and sealed away. The ship’s head, RohCeeda, is guiding it through a highly risky Emergence, one that requires a hefty amount of energy from the Roh, and one where they must remain discreet, or else risk being tracked as some Emergences can leave a trace. The ship has suffered much damage from the Last Battle, and the Vangart is perhaps the only capital ship that has escaped the enemy. The Empire has fallen, and going to Earth without permission subjects the crew of the Vangart to a mind wipe or death. But there is no other recourse for the Roh and her surviving crew: they must recuperate from damage and attempt to get assistance from the residents of Earth. But with the experiment abandoned, and its subjects developing into an uncontrollable race, the daunting challenge is that they must find the most suitable of humans, and eventually save the Empire.

Michael Eves Shaffer’s Firing of the Crucible is a riveting read, and it is a book that sci-fi enthusiasts would surely love to have in their collection. It starts with the starship Vangart on the way to planet Earth where a failed experiment was conducted thousands of years ago. What follows is a gripping adventure that involves the hunt for the most suitable humans here on Earth. One cannot help but keep asking, “What happens next?” as one turns page after page after page. Shaffer’s imagination is vivid and wide so that the universe he has created is incredible, but is a cohesive one, and it thrives on its own too. What’s also very interesting in this novel is an alien race’s point of view on humanity, and the chaos that has been ensuing among earthlings for centuries. Indeed, this is a brilliant piece of work. I, for one, am not particularly a fan of the science fiction genre but Firing of the Crucible has caught my undivided attention. Fast paced and exciting, with incredible characters, this is a book that I highly recommend to readers of all ages.