Next up on David’s Book Blurg is Space Unicorn Blues by T. J. Berry
Here’s the blurb
Genre – Space Opera Science Fiction
A misfit crew race across the galaxy to prevent the genocide of magical creatures, in this unique science fiction debut.
Having magical powers makes you less than human, a resource to be exploited. Half-unicorn Gary Cobalt is sick of slavery, captivity, and his horn being ground down to power faster-than-light travel. When he’s finally free, all he wants is to run away in his ancestors’ stone ship. Instead, Captain Jenny Perata steals the ship out from under him, so she can make an urgent delivery. But Jenny held him captive for a decade, and then Gary murdered her best friend… who was also the wife of her co-pilot, Cowboy Jim. What could possibly go right?
With the tag line “humanity’s last hope…a murderous unicorn” I was instantly attracted to this book. I’ll admit..I bought it as a bit of fun..It not like I thought it would be a bad read but I had no preconceptions..As a bit of a change of pace I thought I’d I’ve the book a go.
That decision happens to be the best I’ve made in a long time. Space Unicorn Blues was one of the most fun and interesting stories I’ve had the pleasure to read in a long time.
The story follows Gary, a half-unicorn who was kept captive for his horn. Many years ago Unicorns came to Earth in peace but mankind took advantage and attacked and enslaved the unicorns and many other alien species as they started to explore the universe.
A unicorn’s horn holds great power and as such Gary’s mother took the decision to remove and hide Gary’s so even Gary himself would not find it.
After being held in prison for murder Gary is finally released.. and he wants his ship back…but humans don’t see his kind as equal and he doesn’t have any rights..he sets out to get his ship back but is forced to work with the person who had him sent to jail. It’s time for him to face his past.
A first I thought “this is crazy” everything is so out there and weird and wonderful..but it works..and I craved more.
The characters were fun and interesting, the plot engrossing, so much so that a pre-order for book 2 is already in!
Overall a remarkable tale…I bought this as a bit of a laugh on a whim and it’s turned out a real highlight in my 4 years of blogging.
Thoroughly enjoyed this one from the 1st page to the last. 5*..I can give no less.