Book: Collision the Battle for Darracia (#2 in the Darracia series)
Author: Michael Phillip Cash
Source: Free from author
Genre: Space Fantasy
Readability Rating: 3.5 stars
Morality Rating: PG
Target Audience: Space fantasy lovers
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Collision the Battle for Darracia Summary
The second book in the space fantasy Darracia saga, Collision follows the adventures of King V’sair, trying to hold his kingdom together alone. Stepbrother Zayden is looking for evil uncle Staf Nuen. Tulani tries to bring her two seperate worlds together. Coup leader Staf Nuen tries to make new alliances so he can take over the galexy. All of the characters are headed on a collision course that will test them to the very core of their beings.
Fair Warning: Collision was the first book I read in this series, and I had a hard time following this story. This series is not one you can just jump in the middle of. It took me about half the book before I knew who the characters were or what they were trying to do. So, if you want to read this series, please start with the first book!
Collision reminded me of the Dune series in a way. It sort of melds fantasy and science fiction together, but the emphasis is more on fantasy than science fiction. If you love straight science fiction, then this series is not for you, but if you like a heavy dose of fantasy with your space then you should enjoy Collision.
Plot: Collision stars right where Schism leaves off. The four main characters are separated at first, doing their own thing. My favorite plot lines were V’sair’s and Tulani’s. The good characters all work together to stop the evil character from taking over the world. It is a common plot, but still enjoyable to read. I was reminded a lot of the plot of many a Star Wars fan fiction novel that I have read in the past. I half expected someone to bust out a lightsaber.
Characters: I hesitate to read science fiction or fantasy books with female leads that are written by men. Often, the focus of the women is on bizarre things (like how George Martin always makes them have lesbian tendencies). However, Tulani was surprisingly decent as a character. She was neither too man-like nor too absurdly feminine, so I was quite pleased with her character. My other favorite was V’sair. He just seemed like a guy that would be fun to hang out with.
Setting: Collision is set in space and on a variety of planets. For the most part, the space setting fell into the background, but I liked that there were restrictions on space travel. At one point in the book, it discusses who could afford to travel through space. It mentioned that only the richest people could afford to travel to other planets. I think that is a much more realistic view of the future of space travel than you find in most other space-themed books.
Writing: Collision has a simple writing style that is easy to read and straightforward. The book is not written in “literary” style, so you don’t get a lot of strange description comparisons like in some books, which was refreshing in a way. The book is written in past tense, which almost feels quaint among so many books currently written in present tense.
Overall Thoughts: I liked Collision. It was a fun story. If I had read it as a teen, I would have loved it. Reading it as an adult, however, I didn’t love it. The best thing about this book is that it is an incredibly fast read. You can read this and a variety of other books without feeling like you are missing the great ones. This is the perfect light summer space fantasy book.
Who Should Read This Book
Anyone who loves space fantasy and action-driven stories.