The Sky Woman: From Ringworlds to Earth, an Epic Struggle of Love and Survival by J.D. Moyer is the fourth book I've read from new publisher Flame Tree Press and they are certainly living up to their plan to publish both established authors and new voices in horror and the supernatural, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as science fiction and fantasy.
The Sky Woman deftly combines multiple genres into a solid work which starts out reading much like your typical fantasy fare but goes places I never anticipated.
Although I've never read anything by J. D. Moyer previously and this is not a book I would likely pick up without having been asked to provide a review, I found the work to be wildly imaginative and totally entertaining...
"...could kill a man so fast his opponent would continue fighting and boasting for some time, until a severed body part fell to the ground reminding the man that he had already been killed."
There is so much more I want to say in this review, but I'm seriously trying to restrain myself as this is one of those books where giving away anything at all would be a serious disservice to the reader as the thrill of discovery is such a huge part of its charm.
I will say this, The Sky Woman: From Ringworlds to Earth, an Epic Struggle of Love and Survival was so much fun, I'm already looking forward to its sequel, The Guardian.
J. D. Moyer, you have yourself a new fan.
Even if this isn't quite your thing, The Sky Woman is worth taking a chance on.
Available in various formats from Flame Tree Press.
From the author's bio - J.D. Moyer lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, daughter, and mystery-breed dog. He writes science fiction, produces electronic music in two groups (Jondi & Spesh and Momu), runs a record label (Loöq Records), and blogs at jdmoyer.com.
J.D. has had a long and varied career, but after the birth of his daughter, he returned to his love of fiction writing. Recurring themes in his fiction include genetic engineering, the sociological effects of climate change, virtualized consciousness, and evolutionary divergence.