October 6, 2016
Flux, by Kim Fielding
Ennek, the son of Praesidium’s Chief, has rescued Miner from a terrible fate: suspension in a dreamless frozen state called Stasis, the punishment for traitors. As the two men flee Praesidium by sea, their adventures are only beginning. Although they may be free from the tyranny of their homeland, new difficulties await them as Miner faces the continuing consequences of his slavery and Ennek struggles with controlling his newfound powers as a wizard. In this sequel to Stasis, the fugitives encounter challenges both human and magical as they explore new lands and their deepening relationship with each other.
I saw that the sequel to Stasis was available on NetGalley, and since I liked Stasis, requesting Flux was an easy decision.
Since I already knew that the story would likely have more M/M scenes, I wasn’t uncomfortable when I read the few scenes. Like Stasis, Flux doesn’t spend a lot of time focusing on the LGBT elements, and just focuses on telling an entertaining story.
I liked Stasis just a little better than Flux. It could be that I’m a little frustrated with Miner and Ennek. They don’t seem to have learned anything from the last novel. I suppose it could be that they were still processing the events from book one.
I was glad to see more of the world that Kim Fielding created, and the ending of this story allows the trilogy to wrap up back where it started: Praesidium. I think that book three is going to be explosive, and I’m eager to read it.
My only complaints are that the villain in this book was very one-dimensional. And I can’t quite place the exact location, but somewhere in the middle, the story seemed to bog down a little. Over all, I’m still enjoying the series, and potential readers will need to read Stasis before reading Flux. Like its predecessor, Flux is a four-star read.
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo. All royalties from her novels Stasis, Flux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.