Review by SWNS, UK – 20th October 2022:
– “Author Omara Williams is leading the way in the rising genre of sci-fi romance.”
By Jess Young
– “Thrilling from start to finish—The Space Traveller’s Lover is a must-read.”
The course of true love never did run smooth, as Shakespeare put it, and in the winning new sci-fi romance novel The Space Traveller’s Lover by Omara Williams, we see the truth of this maxim dialled up to maximum.
For, at the centre of this engrossing story, is the challenging relationship between an exceptional young woman, Erin, and a dashing alien, Rothwen.
INTO A NEW WORLD
Changed, and given the new name of “Shaillah”, she is able to visit the home world of the Rom-Ghenshars, which is majestically alien and vividly described by the author, whose writing is lyrical and sensitive in equal measure.
The catch, however, is that she must forsake her humanity, and move on from those she has cared for in her former life, not least Sam.
The temptation is intense, both for the opportunity to be with the almost irresistible Rothwen and to enjoy a sense of belonging that has previously been lacking.
ONE OF A KIND DILEMMA
But suspicious of the Rom-Ghenshars and their plans, she is hesitant. Locked in this heart-wrenching dilemma is more than personal fulfilment; a wrong decision could spell annihilation for all of humankind.
The Space Traveller’s Lover is one of those books that quickly captivates the reader’s attention – not least through the gorgeous black and white illustrations between chapters – and never lets go until the stunning finale, throwing in fast-paced action and a generous supply of twists-and-turns along the way.
What I loved the most about it, and there’s a lot to adore, is that the conflict is between two characters who have won your heart.
The fact that Rothwen & Shaillah share an electric fondness and are trying to determine whether they have a future together – while also battling over the fate of an entire planet – is simply without parallel.
Williams conveys this vulnerability so well, with the rich, delicate language that gilds the narrative, immersing you in their plight.
Like with a pure romance, you are desperate for the couple to embrace and are stung by the same pains that separate them on love’s battlefield.
At the same time, your mind is whirring double-time as the author raises many profound questions concerning the nature of the human condition, the meaning of home and belonging, loyalty vs duty, and our mistreatment of Mother Nature.
I like how the day will be won, or lost, through emotions, not brute strength. Erin is the voice of compromise and reason against an alien force that professes superiority yet fails to act in kind.
Her caring and compassion – the very qualities that Rothwen and his kind insist on stamping out – will be pivotal to how events play out.
And it is a fight on many levels – for her identity, her world, and her impossible love with Rothwen, which will take every ounce of her being to resolve.
There is so much to commend here but, mostly, I like how the story makes us reflect on our own actions and constantly reminds us that it is love, not hate, that holds the key to all problems.
While the novel is marketed as young adult fiction, aficionados of science fiction and romance will revel in it regardless of age.
And the fact that author Omara is as big a fan of science as adventure stories enables her to paint on the biggest canvas, the universe, while imbuing it with warmth and sentiment.
With her sensational, sensitive debut, The Space Traveller’s Lover, Author Omara Williams is leading the way in the rising genre of sci-fi romance.
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