Ceres Storm is David Herter’s foray into Space Opera style SF. As I really enjoyed Herter’s first novel, Evening’s Empire, I was looking forward to reading this book. Despite the negative reviews, the story sounds interesting.
First off, the book is short. Less than 300 pages short. And that’s in paperback. That’s not necessarily bad, its just unusual. Which brings us to the story. As some reviewers have noted, the story is very confusing and Herter doesn’t tell you anything about the world in which the protagonist, Daric, lives in. He’s as sheltered and puzzled as the reader is. Now this is an interesting story device, where the leader learns along with the hero, but in this case, it was horribly confusing and vague. Now, part of the problem may have been that I didn’t have large chunks of time to devote to reading more than a few pages at a time. I think reading it as I did just added to the confusion.
Having said that, the ‘world’ Herter has created is still incredibly interesting and detailed and he has a way with descriptions and turns of phrase. I still plowed on because I wanted to see what Herter would come up with next. Which turns out to be a sequal since Ceres Storm ends with main story plotline unresolved.
All in all, a 2.5 out 5. I’ll probably get the next book and I’ll re-read this one as well. With more time though!