Lorq von Ray is the head of one of the biggest corporations in the galaxy that for years has worked hand-in-hand with the Red corporation, currently headed by incestuous brother/sister partners Prince and Ruby. But now internal fighting between the two has made von Ray determined to find his corporation's own supply of Illyrion, normally supplied by the Reds. He's heard rumors you can fly through the center of a nova (an imploding star) and survive and that Illyrion is inside. He gathers an unlikely crew in a race against the clock to gather the fuel.
One of my updates on GoodReads said, "Reading this book is like going to the dentist," and I still think that's the most apt review of it. The plot drags, two characters are presented in a way that bumped my racism button, backstory is revealed at the wrong time or for the wrong people, and one character is such an obvious Mary Sue it's painful.
The only thing that keeps this book from one star is that it does, in fact, have a plot and is readable. Of course, I can't for the life of me figure out anyone who would want to read this if they knew what they were getting themselves into.
Check out my full review. (Link will be live on January 18, 2012).
Seven sought adventure on the starship Roc: The Captain, Lorq Von Ray, driven by a quest for vengeance. The Mouse, a young musician who created visions on his syrynx. Katin, a scholar who had learned to read the soul of worlds. Idas and Lynceos, twins from the outer planets--one pale as dawn, the other dark as space. The golden -haired Sebastian and his steel-eyed mate Tyy. Together they dared the heart of a dying star...