The Spirit of Stratos: The Shadow Virus by R.E. Larrison


Score: 4/5

Genre: Science Fiction


Alec Quinn, a seventeen-year-old military cadet, embarks on a quest to find a downed airship and his missing friends. He leaves the safety of Angelis City, sails a thousand miles over forbidding forests and encounters monsters large enough to swallow him whole. The world is not as he believed it to be. The danger he finds is more than he expected. Will he find his friends? Can he save them, if he does?
Elka Kole, the love of Alec Quinn’s life, has been kidnapped by Strato-Pirates. She must fight to survive and find her way home. She faces bizarre creatures, discovers the world isn’t what she expected and that first impressions can be deceiving. She makes unexpected friends in faraway places but can they help her get home?
Come along with these two brave souls and discover a world with great dangers, where tree tops sway a thousand feet in the air and animals grow to gargantuan size. Where majestic metropolises sit in forests, like islands in a sea of trees, and airships carry thousands of Strato-Warriors across miles of inhospitable, wild jungles to clash with enemies from far off lands.
Join Alec and Elka on adventures beyond their wildest dreams.


Here’s a upfront warning; if you religion in space, you may still hear readers cry. I personally don’t care, but I’ve also run into plenty of people who turn away at any sign of dogmatic. This has a ‘god’ – who’s referred to often enough.  And yes, it’s science fiction. The religion portion is heavy during the first page – so don’t let the sample throw you off. After the first chunk up front, it tones down and essentially becomes the background reason for the main race’s actions.

Our ‘man’ are given sides of blue, red, and green. This is a little weird a first since they’re actually colored, skin-wise, but beyond that are essentially human. Plus they mingle and it’s not complete xenophobia against other colors. The spaceships feel more like sea ships and the setting itself a bit more medieval or Dune-ish – in terms of houses, trade systems, uneasy alliances, and the way everything is ‘knightish’. Part of this is me drawing correlations between works I’ve already read.

The story itself – as outlined in the blurb – is interesting. I enjoyed the characters and their interactions. There are a metric ton of them however, so keeping names straight may be difficult at times. The plot kept moving and didn’t feel like it dragged in any location. Anything more is a spoiler which I try to avoid – but it was a fun story.

Maybe this is a fallacy in my own realizations – maybe most space ‘science fiction’ stories feel exactly like knights and fantasy stories. Only the costumes put on change. Regardless, I was comfortable reading this book – because it reminded me of my normal genre – and would recommend it to anyone looking to leap from ‘fantasy’ to ‘science fiction’ but still keep the same pleasant hominess.

I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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