The Second Movement by Stephanie Burke

Space Opera, Book 2

Changeling Press

Futuristic Romance

ISBN: 978-1-59596-572-1

Reviewed by Lisa



Javen, a ryuu and his mate Gara, a torajin have arrived in the Evergreen Lands along with ryuu Mizuki and his torajin Shinji.  They are all somewhat weak and understandably tired from their journey through the stars to their new home, their own paradise.

They make a life for themselves and watch Javen’s miraculous pregnancy progress in peace.  At the same time back on the space station one of the senior scientist’s attempts to recreate the golden egg that birthed Javen so long ago.  The mix of demented scientist and banned DNA means disaster for the new egg and chaos ensues for those living out in space.

Something fantastic, something mystical behind the scenes directs Javen to make a heartbreaking decision, one that will affect all those left behind with the ‘white coats’, the humans on the space station.  Javen and Gara will never be the same whichever choice is made, the choice for their little family or their species.

The Second Movement continues the unique saga of Javen and Gara, two special creatures.  This is a very original and richly distinct world, which author Stephanie Burke excels at giving readers.  I don’t recommend reading this without reading the first story in Space Opera because of all the many characters and their future world.  Also, the characters have so many different names like Javen or the ryuu or Moon Dragon, etc. that I had to make sure I was paying attention to dialogue to sort out everyone at times.  That is just a small problem though in an otherwise really enjoyable and heartwarming story of love, second chances and new beginnings.   The Second Movement is most definitely a fresh and compelling story with characters that get to you.  I am looking forward to the next story and rooting for Javen and Gara and their family!


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