Author: Benzon Ray Barbin Release Date: 27th October 2021 Genre: Science-Fiction Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, Short Story Series: Format: E-book Pages: 54 pages Publisher: Blurb: What are the consequences of denying one’s true self? A traveler named Enauria has returned home for the first time in many years. She connects with a psychiatrist and renews a plan to fulfill a promise to an old friend. “Playtime in Vella Dera” is a speculative fiction short story. Set in the future, it unfolds a familiar, contemporary vibe with jazz music, lounge life, and varying cityscapes. Adventure and danger intensify as lore and concealed magic intersect. Enjoy Vella Dera as a stand-alone, or as a companion piece to the novella Reflections of Destiny.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Playtime In Vella Dera by Benzon Ray Barbin is a well-written, concise story that packs a powerful punch.
I loved reading it as the story was good, moved quickly and had a lot to offer in such few pages! The character of Enauria is beautifully crafted and as I already knew her, it felt like meeting an old friend. It felt like a side-quest in an RPG – that is how relatable the main character is.
This book is a companion story to Reflections Of Destiny but as the author clarifies it can also be read as a standalone novella. It intersects the world and the events of the RoD so I’d highly suggest reading them both as they both are great pieces of speculative fiction/fantasy.
Author:Benzon Ray Barbin Release Date: 7th September 2020 Genre: Science-Fiction Fantasy Series: Format: E-book Pages: 148 pages Publisher: Blurb: Cheating death is becoming an art. Enauria, a battle-tested heiress and expatriate, journeying between Earth and beyond on a personal vendetta only she understands. Jaye DiVista, a top government assassin, willing to risk everything to rekindle a love with Arlene Asariel. Enauria has a plan to thrust Jaye and his colleagues through an interstellar campaign. Can Jaye and Arlene derail Enauria’s grand scheme? Reflections of Destiny is a science fiction and fantasy thriller. Magic collides in a futuristic landscape where an ensemble cast takes part in gunplay, dogfights, and eyes gaze at every sand in the hourglass.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Reflections Of Destiny is a fun sci-fi fantasy thriller novel that will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions.
This book is well-written, had a cast of versatile characters and an interesting and entertaining story that kept me hooked from the first page to the very last.
The characters are very relatable and I liked the secondary characters too because they added a lot to the story. There was a very interesting and important romantic sub-plot that drove the story with a powerful force raising the stakes and thus, making the story more interesting.
I enjoyed reading this book a lot and would definitely recommend it to all fantasy and sci-fi thriller readers.