Initially, I signed up for a release day post for Link. But the blurb for Link was intriguing… so intriguing that I picked up a copy of the book. I wanted to read about this Link via starlight, traveling between worlds that had carnivals and gypsies. With so much offered, I wondered if she could deliver a strong story that incorporated all those elements.
Well, she did. Wier’s debut novel Link is a sci-fi fantasy filled with touches of romance, space traveling thrills and a solid (yet often unpredictable) storyline.
Wier creates a simple yet complex universe (or perhaps galaxy is the right world). I loved the concept of having multiple worlds that were similar in conditions as well as their occupants. She handled the intra planetary travel with ease and her descriptions were rich and top notch. Also, I loved the way the travel was effortless at times and blended into the story. (no spoilers here but the journey is exciting and well worth the ride)
Link is the first part of a trilogy. The engaging storyline, the well-developed characters, and the wickedly twisted plot will definitely have me back when book two comes out.
Here’s the official blurb for the book:
For seventeen-year-old Kira, there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than being surrounded by friends and huddled beside a campfire deep in the woods. And with a birthday in the peak of summer, that includes late night swims under the stars.
Or at least, it used to.
Kira’s relaxing contemplation of the universe is interrupted when a piece of it falls, colliding with her and starting a chain of events that could unexpectedly lead to the one thing in her life that’s missing—her father.
Tossed into a pieced-together world of carnivals and gypsies, an old-fashioned farmhouse, and the alluring presence of a boy from another planet, Kira discovers she’s been transported to the center of a black hole, and there’s more to the story than science can explain. She’s now linked by starlight to the world inside the darkness. And her star is dying.
If she doesn’t return home before the star’s light disappears and her link breaks, she’ll be trapped forever. But she’s not the only one ensnared, and with time running out, she’ll have to find a way to save a part of her past and a part of her future, or risk losing everything she loves.
Dreamy, fluid, and beautiful, Link pairs the mystery of science fiction with the minor-key melody of a dark fantasy, creating a tale that is as human as it is out of this world.
Summer Wier is an MBA toting accountant, undercover writer, and all around jack-of-all-trades. Link is her debut novel and the first in The Shadow of Light series. She has three short stories appearing in Fairly Twisted Tales For A Horribly Ever After and co-authors the Splinter web serial. When she’s not digging through spreadsheets or playing mom, you can find her reading/writing, cooking, or dreaming of the mountains in Montana.