If you’re the kind of person who has a hard time deciding between fantasy books and sci fi books, then you are going to love Vincent Trigili’s The Enemy of an Enemy (Lost Tales of Power Book 1). I can honestly say that I have never read a book quite like this one as it mixes fantasy and sci fi elements for a sort of magical space opera type of vibe.
Before I share my review, let me say that I tend to prefer fantasy books but have been spending some time getting into space operas recently (like Quantum Tangle). I only want to point this out because about the first third of this book is definitely more of a military sci fi. And for me, it was kinda boring. However, I knew that the book features some fantasy elements, so I kept reading and was definitely glad that I did so because I enjoyed the remainder of the book quite a bit.
The review below does contain some minor spoilers. And, if you want to skip right to the book, you can check it out on Amazon!
I knew that I was in this one for the long haul when … as I mentioned above, for me this book has a bit of a boring start. But please don’t let my opinion sway you because military sci fi really isn’t my preferred reading genre. I continued reading through the part that I didn’t enjoy because I knew it had some fantasy elements. At the time, I wasn’t quite sure what parts of the fantasy genre were going to be included and I found them to be a pretty good fit with the beginning of the book. I suspect that if I enjoyed military sci fi, then I would have really loved this book!
Style snippet …
The rest of our time there passed with little of note occurring. We ended up splitting our time between studying and trading memories of what we learned. This constant exchange of memories helped draw us much closer as a team than ever before. Soon, though, the purple sands of time began to run out, and Mantis returned to speak with us.
“Well, I hope you enjoyed your little rest. As we speak the first of the rocks is closing in on the colony. Your crewmates did well. In this first wave at least six large rocks will hit in rapid succession, with three more waves on the way. When all is done, well over fifty large rocks will that that world. The sorcerers are just now realizing their error and, since their gate is not yet repaired, most will not make it off the planet. The elite and higher level of their numbers can travel without the gate, but the rest will perish. This will be their biggest single loss in a century. That would be an impressive feat for an army of wizards; it is completely unthinkable for an army of mundanes!” Mantis said with obvious astonishment.
What surprised me about this book … was how well the fantasy elements worked with the military sci fi/space opera elements. After getting to the fantasy parts, I was able to better appreciate the more sci fi part at the beginning. Part of the reason that I was a little surprised was because I’d read other reviews saying that it didn’t work, but I found it to be quite the opposite.
My favorite character … though we didn’t really get to see him a lot, I really liked the Doctor on the Dragon Claw. I loved that he wasn’t afraid to go against authority and then when I got to the end of the book and discovered what he’d learned about himself, well, I liked him even more!
Final thoughts … overall, I found this book to be a pretty good mashup of science fiction and fantasy. Vincent seemed to only use fantasy elements that worked well in the science fiction universe he’d created. And I like that the ending is not a cliffhanger. The end actually seems to set up the rest of the series nicely and I hope that we get to see more of the doctor in the next books.
If you’re interested in this book, it is currently available in Kindle format!