A visceral thrill ride!
Aztra’s Mirror, by Charles Freedom Long, could be summed up as a visceral and existential science fiction thrill ride. This book has it all; sentient creatures of different shapes and forms, intrigue, action, bloody warfare and backstabbing traitors, one of the more thrilling sex scenes I have encountered in a sci fi of this type; and, possibly the most appealing aspect of the story is the transcendent weave, which the author deftly threads into the story, showing us another dimension of existentiality, not a religious one, but an eye-opening look into what could be, in essence, a higher state of being waiting for all of us on the “other side”. No spoilers, this is a book with it all. In a nutshell, the same disease that accosts humanity, seems to pervade the distant stars as worlds go against worlds, the constant battle and struggle for power which afflicts the few who somehow convince the many that they should spill their blood on behalf of some inane agenda. Aztra’s Mirror is a reflection of the same dynamics we see on Earth, happening over and over again, but this time, the battles being fought are out there in the cosmos. The convolutions, the twists and turns, all lead to a finality, one that science fiction and fantasy fans will surely enjoy.