by C.S. Johnson
There is nothing Aeris St. Cloud wants more than to win her father’s love and the acceptance of her family unit by joining the Military Academy at New Hope. But after she is captured by the fearsome space pirate, Captain Chainsword, Aerie is certain falling in love with her nation’s arch enemy is the last possible way to earn their coveted esteem.
Driven by vengeance, Exton Shepherd never set out to save anyone. As he circles the war-torn world in his pirated starship, the Perdition, he only sees his father’s ghost lurking around every corner and the looming darkness on the horizon. When Aerie unexpectedly tumbles into his life, he finds he cannot trust her, anymore than he can ignore her. But just like the raging war down on Earth, it’s tempting to think he can…
When the war ascends to the heights of the Perdition, Aerie’s loyalty, and Exton’s heart, are put to the test. But will love be enough to save them – and others – from certain destruction?
“This book was in a genre I’ve never read, and it’s now among my favorites and I can’t wait for the sequel! I even ended up purchasing a separate copy for my teenage daughter, who also can’t wait!”
“I really loved this book. Who doesn’t want to read about space pirates?”
“This is a very well-plotted story and leaves you wanting to read more.”
CIR: What inspired this story?
JOHNSON: This was one of my more fun, confusing inspirations. At the end of the book, I say in my letter to the reader that my inspiration came from a bit of a mixed bag that includes my love of space, my enduring affection for irony, and the irresistability of true love despite all obstacles. The current political clime of America also inspired a few scenes and situations; overall, I felt it went well with Machiavellian philosophy and Shakespearean drama.
CIR: What was your favorite part of writing this?
JOHNSON: My favorite part of the story was getting to see my female lead, Aerie, grow and realize the world is much different when you experience it on your own. Watching her fall in love with Exton reminds me all over again how love inspires us to become better people, while our love spurs on others to be better, too.
CIR: Who is your favorite character and why?
JOHNSON: My favorite character in this novel is probably Exton. Watching Aerie fall in love with him is really only a step back from falling in love with him myself. He’s very familiar with loss, and he has detached himself from the rest of the world. But his principles are solid and honorable, even if he has become the enemy of the leading world governments.
CIR: What other books, movies or shows might you compare to your story?
JOHNSON: Star Wars, Brave New World, The Divine Comedy, Miss Saigon
CIR: What themes do you address?
JOHNSON: I ask a lot of questions with this one. What is truth? What is right? Does truth still matter even when it is a minority? Can there be love without trust, and is it enough to make a difference? I think I want readers to see that there is really hope for redemption, on universal and personal levels. We don’t always see it, and people come into our lives to point this out to us. I think paradoxes can often show the poignant truths of our lives.
CIR: Is there more coming?
JOHNSON: Yep! The Breadth of Creation, book 2, is due out before too long.