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Caelum Lex: Trials of the Dionysian by Hayley Greenhalgh and Jenn Bane

 

Leta Adler is a young, well-bred Vescentian doctor who suddenly gets plucked off of her home planet by the unregistered criminal rustbucket, the Dionysian. The rustbucket she finds herself on belongs to the notorious weapons-dealing, smuggling and recklessly mad mercenary , Fiearius Soliveré and his younger brother, acclaimed engineering genius and unappreciated mechanic, Cyrus, both exiles from their home planet of Satieri and ever on the run from its spreading empirical government.

Though initially apprehensive, Leta finds an unlikely ally against a common enemy in the pair and their rabble of a misfit crew. With her own goals in mind and in the uniquely qualified hands of the Dionysian’s captain, she joins up and, over time, finds that the ship becomes more of a home than she could ever imagine.

Note: Caelum Lex: Trials of the Dionysian contains some graphic violence and harsh language.


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By Fiona Gregory, editor

Jan 2, 2013: Very readable, captivating story – you will really feel like you are experiencing the space opera adventures along with the characters. The cartoon chapter illustrations capture expressions wonderfully.

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By Alexander.Hollins, author of Reflections of the Shadows: A Leader of Men

Feb 16, 2014: Caelum Lex is one that I started reading because of its ranking, and seeing it mentioned everywhere. I was a bit hesitant at first as it seemed a bit of , well, I’ll say it. It seemed like a Firefly clone. It is not. It has a similar world, a similar structure to the character groupings, and there are certainly a number of plots and tropes that have been cut from whole cloth and sewn in, but Caelum is its own story, and doing a good job of it.

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A compelling space opera with an innovative format

By KCaiShi, author of Rasa

Aug 22, 2013: The colorful illustrations took me by surprise, at first, but I found myself liking them more and more as I followed the adventures of Leta, Cyrus, and Fiearius. I was even more surprised by the bonus entries between chapters: futuristic computer screenshots, company e-mails, character profiles, even a grade schooler’s homework. All these bonus materials are professionally designed and non-intrusive to the main story, and Caelum Lex’s multimedia presentation gives its in-depth worldbuilding a pleasantly shallow learning curve.

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