Reviewed by Helen Wyatt
Collision: Battle for Darracia is the 2nd book in a trilogy of sci-fi fantasy books by Michael Phillip Cash. Whilst the first book’s (Schism) focus was on the alien prince, and his struggles to become king during a time of great upheaval on his home planet, the 2nd book focuses more on his brother who is coming to terms with their father’s death, and deciding on his place in the royal household.
To be brutally honest I struggled to get through this book. The saving grace is that you do get to know the characters, and start to care for them, however the writing is disjointed in places meaning it can be hard to follow, with some sections having to be read over to decipher the author’s meaning. As with the first book, this book unfortunately contained spelling mistakes which for me detract in a fairly major way from the story as they as so distracting. Another point to bear in mind is that this book is written specifically to follow the first in the trilogy so would be difficult to follow without having read the first. It is a fairly short book and therefore a quick read.
I did however enjoy the overall story, and grew to have further interest in the main characters, despite the formal language which the author seems to favour.
This book covers a lot of ground in a small space, the same as the first in the series. There is a big focus on spirituality, but mostly it is the internal fight of Zayden, the brother of Prince V’Sair, and whether he should go home (and whether he should get the girl!), but also a power struggle between a number of parties.
The book ends with a cliffhanger, which leads nicely onto book 3. I can’t help wondering though why the author chose to present the books as a trilogy – they are so short they could easily be one single longer book!
RRP: £7.99 (paperback, ISBN: 9781495273483)
Available to buy from Amazon in paperback or Kindle format here.