A science fiction romance. What happens when the Human leader at Milky
Way's core has a run-in with a headstrong female from the despised planet
Earth? "Science fiction romance
doesn't get any better than this!"
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STARS! This book is so richly detailed and multi-layered I
could almost believe that Xaspaar is in the universe. There are
aliens, genetically altered humans, and, of course, the Earthlings
who migrated hundreds of years before, who only remember Earth
with distain. This one is not to be missed.
interesting so far? I've only scratched the surface of this
intricate and nicely detailed science fiction romance. There is
also heavy political intrigue, which gives the reader a nice
glimpse into the other species (fourteen) that form part of the
[Galactic Core Coalition]. There are highly entertaining villains
(of all shapes and sexes) that add suspense and thrills. Mention
of the 'Ancients' is also fascinating, and I haven't even
mentioned what the title is all about. That should be about enough
to whet your appetite, but if it isn't, keep in mind that JANUS IS
A TWO-HEADED GOD is extremely well written, with good character
development and excellent attention to detail, the latter most
important in any science fiction novel, in my opinion. The book
moves smoothly and it takes very little time before the reader
becomes engrossed in the world of space travel and wormholes,
unicopters and Uortzks. What are wormholes, you say? Don't wait
any longer, get your copy of JANUS right away and find out for
Some of the best science fiction stories explore the nature of
humanity. Some of the best romances feature a couple learning to
compromise. Sometimes, if we're really lucky, a book like this
comes along which combines both.... Choosing to read a science
fiction romance can be a risky proposition -- few authors can
blend the science and the passion to produce a book that is
well-rounded in both genres. I'm happy to say that Ms. Knight has
indeed accomplished this feat -- the world of Xaspaar may be
alien, but the emotions of the lovers are basically as human as
they can be. Perhaps that is part of the charm of this tale -- to
think that even after experiencing the wonders that the galaxy has
to offer, it still all boils down to love!!
JANUS IS A
TWO-HEADED GOD is a fast-paced futuristic romance that confronts
questions of culture, destiny and ultimately, the nature of love
itself. Knight's characters are complex and very human, but still
heroic. The story has a bunch of loveable secondary characters to
round it out but the meat of the romance itself is the cultural
differences between JorVaal and Sam. Though both are from fully
human stock, JorVaal's upbringing in a different world leads to
more than a few conflicts over any future that they may have
together. It is an excellent example of science fiction romance
written properly -- using the cultures and possibilities of the
future to full advantage.
fans may latch onto the prophecy aspect of the story which,
though, minor, was still interesting. Destiny is always a fun
concept in a romance novel, and though it is at times subtle it is
interesting enough to leave one with the hope that we will learn
more about the Ancients in the future! JANUS is a delightful novel
with enough thrills and warm moments for any reader, but those who
enjoy their romance with a twist of otherworldly allure will enjoy
it most of all.
This is a
very well done science-fiction romance book. The characters are
fun and detailed, the sparks between the main characters
entertaining. There is enough Sci-fi techno-talk to carry the feel
of the future, while the story remains on the people, just as it
should in this type of book.
4 Stars! Science
Fiction is provocative and expands the mind to think of the now.
Susanne Marie Knight has done that with 'Janus Is A Two-Headed
God'. Her premise is interesting: her characters are full of
surprises. The tale itself is full of twists and turns. Plot and
subplot add layers of interest. Her worlds are believable and
well-thought out. Her diverse cultural mores make for realism.
Such an enjoyable read deserves many kudos and mine is the belief
that this is something of a keeper.