Follow Ixdahan Daherek, a species-confused galactic secret agent with an apparent knack for saving the universe, in the second book of the Changing Hearts of Ixdahan Daherek series.
If you have ever wanted to learn more about Snaldrialoorans, Hegraahlensiens, Ybitrians, or Vrukaari, now is your chance!
Perhaps one of the selling points of the work is the often humorous alien idiomatic phrases and metaphors that are peppered throughout the text. You don’t have to look far to find some gharnixwahn who doesn’t know a Klegherian rock sloth from a carton of quinzhaaliahr juice. And I get it…that’s the genre and people enjoy it, but it puts me off. Aliens with names twelve letters long, with languages that revolve around the letters Q and X, really slow down my already comfortable reading pace. But then again, most of the aliens have evolved to use telepathic communication, which I suppose eliminates the need for efficiency we take for granted in our own daily interactions.
Quibbles aside, the book is fast-paced with an imaginative, if a bit over-the-top, plot. Some of the technology that comes with advanced sentience is quite interesting. I particularly like the evolution of mentallic communication capable of crossing light-years of space, and the tech barriers that have been put into place to regulate its use and abuse.
Also, the author took special care in creating the different alien biologies, with each species having its own variations of spacesuit to allow it to survive outside of the atmosphere of its homeworld. Some of them breathe ammonia or methane and it’s nice to see the change from everyone speaking English and breathing the same oxygen. These little details go a long way toward world-building and giving the feeling of “real” to your work.
If you’re looking for a light-hearted space opera for younger readers, this series fits that niche perfectly.