Sci-Fa Epic Adventure: Review of “Thunder Moon” by Jeanne Foguth

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The second volume in Jeanne Foguth’s Chatterre Trilogy, “Thunder Moon”, picks up where “Star Bridge” ends. As someone who’s read all three volumes, but not in order, I highly recommend that they be read in sequence so that the complex plots and character relationships are easier to follow. Each builds upon the other, weaving a fascinating and intricate Sci-fa saga.

In this episode, Nimri’s brother, Thunder Cartwright, is worried the madrox will invade his world unless the star bridge is closed. He borrows his brother-in-law, Larwin’s, environmental suit, and sets out to do so with the assistance of GEA-4, Larwin’s androtic assistant. Meanwhile, Larwin’s sister, Tem-Aki, is looking for her brother, who’s been missing from his world long enough that she’s concerned that he’s dead. (Background on Larwin’s arrival on Chatterre can be found in volume I, “Star Bridge”.)

As you’d expect from any misbehaving and unstable Star Bridge/wormhole, Thunder winds up on yet another world, Kalamar, which is covered with what he fears most–water. Furthermore, he’s severely injured, but fortunately, rescued by Raine, a dragon shepherd, who’s on patrol in her ship, Nambaba, trying to recover a rogue dragon calf.

And thus the fun begins.

As always, the science fiction/fantasy elements of these stories are masterfully integrated as simple matters of planetary diversity. Dragons, a.k.a. madrox, are Chatterre’s mortal enemy, threatening to reduce it to ashes. However, on Raine’s planet, Kalamar, they’re carefully managed, a seeming paradox that further drives the story’s plot and suspense.

Mistaken identities, culture clashes, alien creatures, and a variety of interpersonal conflicts, including sibling rivalry and political intrigue, ultimately explode in this fast-moving, complex tale. The world building is exceptional, particularly with regard to how a human culture would operate on a world comprised mostly of water. Not only are the mundane details addressed, but other intelligent species introduced as well as a convincing and convoluted political structure.

If you like an intricate plot, lots of action and continual suspense with all sorts of surprises you can get your teeth into, then this trilogy is for you. But don’t forget to read “Star Bridge” first and then this one before move on to the satisfying conclusion in “Fire Island.” (Note that all three volumes are “clean reads” suitable for all ages.)

You can pick up a copy on Amazon here.

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18 thoughts on “Sci-Fa Epic Adventure: Review of “Thunder Moon” by Jeanne Foguth

      • That would be fun! … You do realize that Kazza is a vegetarian, though, right? We’d need to be certain Kazza didn’t accidentally nibble.

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      • I certainly would add to the suspense! And in more ways than one because I can see both of them over-compensating and small things be taken wrong.

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      • True. We could write alternate chapters, each using our character’s POV, now the big things would be: figure out where this book would take place and what the problem is. I can see why the Sappherans could be a problem for Thyron, but not a big enough one hold an entire plot, since they tend to be a problem for humans and view him as their God.

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      • Since Thyron ultimately went back to Sapphira, he and the pygmies could be on another “mission” and wind up on Chatterre. Since Thyron’s now less suspicious of humans, he would have mixed feelings about their usual agenda. At first he may encourage them to go after Kazza, then when he and the cat communicate telepathically, he nixes that. Nimri et al could convince the Sapphirans to eat fruit and nuts and send plants back to Sapphira with them. It would probably be more of a short story, but you never know.

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      • Another Sapphiran mission could start the story, but I don’t know how Thyron would feel about them eating fruits and nuts.
        The question could become what caused them to crash on Chatterre and in the answer to that or can not only be the catalyst to begin the story, but also point to what the climax needs to be.

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      • I’m thinking more like land on Chatterre because they think it’s low-tech and there are humans there. I was thinking he could be convinced of fruits and nuts because they don’t kill the plants but are “freely offered” kind of like laco-ova vegetarians see milk and eggs. I figure he’d first suggest Kazza until he discovers his sentience, then the two of them come up with fruits and nuts. Taking seeds back to Sapphiran would transform their culture, making them a peaceful, self-contained society and the additional plant life would increase the O2 in their atmosphere. The process could start on Chatterre. Maybe one of the pygmies would fall in love with Bryta.

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      • Interesting concept! And you’re correct, without a villain that they would need to fight against, it would be a relatively short book.

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