Book Review – The Azure Key by Trevor Schmidt

Book Review – The Azure Key by Trevor Schmidt

Reviewed by: Grant Leishman 13/5/2015
This is now my fifth book review and I was beginning to become a little bit concerned. Supposedly a reviewer is required to “criticize”, to “find fault” and to “suggesta improvements”, but I have actually loved every single one of the books I’ve read and reviewed thus far.Perhaps I’m just not cut out to be a critic. I read for enjoyment and for the fantasy, and every book I’ve read to date has delivered those things in “spades”. The Azure Key is no exception. Like Hayden Bradford, Trevor Schmidt is also an author I’ve come into contact with through the Twitter group #promocave. I was therefore quite excited and keen to read and review his book.The Azure Key is the first book in what appears to be a trilogy called The Corsair Uprising. The next book in the series is called Nightstalkers and was published in March of this year, with the third being called Deathwish which I assume is currently a work in progress. In addition to this Trevor has written other books, all available on Amazon: Memory Leak, The Sword Maker’s Seal, Symbiote, and Replica – a short story.Published, I assume by Trevor himself, at 244 pages it is a good substantial read that I was able to complete in one Sunday sitting. Now, I’m a bit old-school and I don’t get all the many and varied genres that get tossed around these days. It seems like there is a genre to cover just about every book ever written. I’d never even heard of “steampunk” or indeed “dystopian” before, until I joined Promocave, and as for a “space opera”, what exactly is that? Jesus Christ superstar, meets Star Wars? Look, you can call it what you will, but The Azure Key is plain and simple, in my mind – A Science Fiction story. That have been said, it is an EXCELLENT science fiction story.

I used to read a lot of Science Fiction as a kid, especially Heinlen and Herbert, but as an adult I’ve tended to veer away from the world of space and the cosmos – much to my own detriment I suspect. The Azure Key is a good, old fashioned tale of three people caught up in a set of circumstances beyond their control. The “hero” for the want of a better word, Liam Kidd, is your typical hard-man mercenary (freelancer), with a heart of gold and a true sense of justice, despite his tough-man demeanor. The “love interest”, Saturn Vera is of course beautiful, but as tough and fiery as Liam, as she well displays early on in the story. Together with Ju-Long, the trio escape an attack on the asteroid mine they are working on by shooting through a wormhole to the other side of the galaxy where humans have “never” been before.

What follows is a series of adventures and battles as the trio try to survive and find a way back. It seems the only way out of their predicament is to secure the elusive Azure Key. In attempting to do this they discover a lot about themselves, about the aliens and about the inhabited cosmos that they did not even know existed. The little twist at the end sets the scene for what no doubt will be enthralling second and third books. I am genuinely excited about reading the rest of the Corsair Uprising series. This was a great story, well told and kept me enthralled every second of the way.I suppose I have to mention the one TINY negative even though it didn’t detract from the story at all. I discovered I think it was three typos or word juxtaposition errors in the first three chapters. My initial thoughts were; “Oh no, a self-edited book – maybe it’s full of errors.” Remembering well how badly my own book was “self-edited” I steeled myself to look for more, but I was pleasantly surprised. There was only one more error, late in the book, but that was it. As I said, none of that detracted from my pleasure in reading this book.Did it serve the purpose of making me want to read the rest of the series. Absolutely it did! I’m not going over the top here – it’s not award-winning literature, but what it is, is a damn good read and I would urge everyone who likes a good science fiction yarn to go and get a copy. It’s available on Amazon at the ridiculously low price of only $2.99. I promise you won’t regret it.My rating for “The Azure Key” – a good, solid 5 stars. Well done Trevor!

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Grant Leishman
I am an expatriate New Zealander living in Manila, The Philippines, with my wife and two step-daughters. At age 55, after careers in Finance and Journalism, I have finally discovered my true passion in life - writing and I am now truly "living the dream", writing full-time.

My first novel is a romantic fantasy about the return of Jesus Christ to modern day Manila to try and sort out the problems of the world - yet again! It was published in June 2015. My second novel "Just a Drop in the Ocean" is completed and should be published later in 2015. The sequel to "The Second Coming" - "The Rise of the AntiChrist" is now with the publishers. I am working on third and final book in the series "Holy War"
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