Blue Star Book 2

Fiction - Science Fiction
278 Pages
Reviewed on 06/03/2018
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Author Biography

After creating a new universe in The Black Widow Connection, the story naturally led to the multiverse. I imagined that universes are sentient beings and they represent the Almighty or God and can influence life and the afterlife as they see fit.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

Jewel by TK Rising is the second book in the Blue Star series, which is preceded by The Black Widow Connection. Fortunately, those readers who did not have the opportunity to read the first book will not be lost, as Jewel works well as a standalone. Blue Star has defeated Godriel but, in a fantasy science fiction universe that spans over billions of years, it's easy to see that this doesn't hold her in the esteem it should for eternity. After persistently begging for a daughter from the universe, one she has dreamt of for as long as dreaming has been a possibility, she is ultimately shunned and left to her own devices...which comes with consequences that may make a victory such as the one she wielded over Godriel even less likely.

Once more, TK Rising has proven to be a creator of science fiction set apart from the rest in the genre. Rising writes with an original ingenuity that is hard to describe due to its complexity, but easy to read in the context of excellent storytelling. I admit that initially, when reading the description for Jewel, I assumed the plot might be a bit too ambitious of a read, even for myself. I should have known better. Rising is a rising star – in my humble opinion – within the genre and I hope that Jewel and the Blue Star series makes it into the hands of an audience that will appreciate the work for what it is, and what it is ... is brilliant!

Lit Amri

Jewel by T.K. Rising is the second book of the Blue Star series. Blue Star had claimed her victory over the insidious Godriel a long time ago, and now she wishes for a life in a fertile world, a life for her daughter, Jewel, whose reincarnation is difficult. This sequel also revisits the earlier timeline of the multiverse to tell another aspect of the story. Jewel is basically a tale of creation, not in the biblical sense but in terms of ancient aliens. It took quite some time for me to connect with the story, and I have to confess that I was able to relate quicker to some of the characters in the first book.

On the other hand, there is no doubt that Jewel is as imaginative as its predecessor, perhaps even more. Also, due to its premise, Jewel is, in my opinion, a standalone and has enough background details from its precursor. There are quite a number of new characters, and the character development of Jewel, in particular, is interesting. I gravitated more to her story and her initial struggle to have a successful reincarnation. Tristan is another character that stands out for me. The ending gives some hint of how the story would continue, but given the imaginative concept of the series, the continuation might be different. All in all, even though the short chapters provide a quick pacing for Jewel, the premise of the story is something that should be read at a slightly slower rate to really interpret the themes that take place in the multiverse world.

Ruffina Oserio

Blue Star is strong, and it has been long since she defeated the powerful Godriel. Although her power is phenomenal, it tends to be destructive. She is obsessed with her dreams — dreams about a flourishing universe with features like the mountains and forests and deep valleys. But above all, she dreams about her daughter, Jewel, even if she is barren. But as she dreams, she is unaware that another power is about to create a miracle that will bring Jewel to life. And what is her destiny? Thus begins a compelling tale of epic fantasy, of adventure and of supernatural worlds that will inhabit the thoughts and dreams of readers. TK Rising’s Jewel is the second entry in the Blue Star series, a gripping and highly imaginative novel with great potential to entice and delight fans of the genre.

The writing is captivating and it flows with grace, translating the author’s confidence. I was gripped by the strength of the prose; the descriptive nature of the prose brings to life beautiful worlds and images of places that readers travel to in their minds. The characters are compelling, crafted with mythical backgrounds and magic — Agravain, Rivalen who feeds the central stars, Jewel, and Kep who has the power to create, and a host of others. The characters leap off the pages with life. The conflict is strong and readers will want to discover the origins of Jewel, her mission, and her ultimate destiny. Apart from the characters and the compelling prose, TK Rising has a unique gift of sustaining the interest of readers. The short characters, the timely paragraph breaks, and the lively dialogues make the tale an enjoyable read. It is atmospheric and cinematic, a tale with a complex plot and sophisticated characters, unique by virtue of its originality. It is engaging and hugely entertaining.

Jamie Michele

Jewel (Book Two in the Blue Star series) by TK Rising is a science fiction standalone follow-up to Rising's first book, The Black Widow Connection. Blue Star is less of a being and more of a feminine entity, wishing for a child above all else. She has pleaded for years to be gifted with a daughter, but the granting of this desire is withheld from her, even after the miraculous take down of Godriel that she spearheaded billions of years beforehand. As Blue Star finally fulfills the aspiration herself with Jewel, the push back is strong and the ramifications are of the kind that only a novel in the fantasy realm can convey.

Despite being a powerhouse of strength, Blue Star has her own failings as well. In short, she really knows how to annoy the universe with devastating effect. Her ambitions are often as selfish as they are understandable, but the creation of her daughter Jewel – a fertile macrocosm born of a barren mother – might just be the straw that breaks the cosmos's back. I think TK Rising has set the bar for science fiction and fantasy novels extraordinarily high with a beguiling story told with elegant restraint. The tension runs throughout every page, but it's the emotional demands that the tale makes on its unsuspecting reader that gives Jewel an engrossing that will resonate long after the book has finished. I look forward to book three in the series and will absolutely go back to read book one.