Review: Spectrum by Julie E. Czerneda

Spectrum by Julie E. Czerneda

Synopsis and Details:

Here Be Monsters

Something malevolent lurks in deep space, something able to pluck starships from their course and cause their crews to vanish.

It has a purpose: to use those ships to mark an unmistakable boundary. A warning.

It has an interest: Botharis, the planet where Esen and Paul have established the All Species’ Library of Linguistics and Culture. Home to Veya Ragem, whose ship was the first to trespass.

Esen and Paul will need every resource, every friend and even foes, if they’re to discover who–or what is behind this before more are lost. Once they do, Esen plans to use her abilities to comprehend and reason with this new species. What she doesn’t know? There truly are monsters. And they wait for you in the dark.

Just ask Evan Gooseberry. 

Series: Web Shifter’s Library #3  |  Genres:  Science Fiction  |  Release Date: April 20, 2021  |  Publisher: DAW  |  Length: 416  |  ISBN: 978-0756415631  |  ASIN: B08DMVT28V  |  Format: ARC  |  Source: Netgalley

Review with Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Spectrum is the third book from the Web Shifter’s Library series and I tell you that I just cannot seem to get enough of Esen and her shenanigans. Although, I will say this time around that the tone of this story is more serious than the previous two books. There are some lighthearted Esen moments, of course, and the same camaraderie I have come to expect with her and Paul but there are far more consequential moments than what I was expecting. In addition, I will share with you that this is a series that should be read in series order to understand the full scope of what is taking place for the All Species’ Library of Linguistics and Culture.

What I was not expecting but became totally jazzed about was that there was a lot more time spent with characters outside of Esen and Paul. How exciting! I really feel like I understand Evan Gooseberry on a whole new level and I love him to pieces! Additionally, I won’t give away anything but be warned that there are some disturbing elements in this story that are, well, disturbing for lack of a better word. One thing that you will really love about this book, outside of that fact that it is just an awesome piece of science fiction, is that there is closure that I was not expecting and great character growth. Spectrum was everything I have come to expect in this series and I encourage you to grab a copy today!

*Thank you to DAW & NetGalley for this eARC of Spectrum*

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This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

About the Author:

Julie E. Czerneda is a biologist and best-selling writer whose science fiction has received international acclaim. She is the author of the popular Species Imperative trilogy, the Web Shifters series, and the Clan Chronicles novels. She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her stand-alone novel, In the Company of Others, won Canada’s Prix Aurora Award and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished SF. Her Night’s Edge series, A Turn of Light and A Play of Shadow, won the Aurora Award for Best English Novel in two consecutive years. Julie has edited/co-edited sixteen SFF anthologies, including the Aurora-winning Space Inc. and Under Cover of Darkness. Julie lives with her husband and two children in the lake country of central Ontario, under skies so clear they could take seeing the Milky Way for granted, but never do. You can find her at:

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