This is undoubtedly the biggest:
…day of Kelerin’s life: A warrior/scholar from the prestigious all-boys Academy on Osmos, he’ll be facing off against his arch rival in what many are already calling the ‘duel of the year.’
…feeling Analel’s ever had: A telepathic ascetic from the Academy’s all-girls sister seminary, she’s suddenly sharing a psychic connection with the boy Academic, Kelerin, in a way that should not be possible.
…accomplishment of Jonas’ career: The valiant Academic has returned victorious from the Mandate Race, but at what cost, and future consequence?
…opportunity of Bar-Kas’ one-man-war against the Islands: The Second Son of the Mainland has waited long for this moment, to avenge his brother’s blood honor.
…and all of Osmos will never be the same for any of it. – Goodreads Synopsis
Wave Mandate Review
A.C. Schneider has talent, but still needs a bit of polishing to take off the rough edges. Wave Mandate reflects that. It wasn’t always as easy to follow the POV hopping as it could have been, and around the 60 percent mark, I found myself having to jot back to the very beginning of the book just to be sure as to what was going on. The viewpoint changes seemed a tad excessive with one of them not really feeling necessary to the story. I think if it had concentrated on just Annie, Keleren, and Second it would have felt tighter and more interesting.
The Academy is well-thought out, as is the relationship between the two branches. He gives you just enough description to go on, without overwhelming you, which is a big plus. Its obvious that he put a lot of thought into the world he created, and I can appreciate the work that went into it. The pacing for most of the book was excellent, and now that he’s combined books one and two together so that they make the whole book one they were originally intended to be, I have no more complaints about cliffhangers. The true ending to the book resolved nicely enough.
There’s an exchange between two characters about utopian societies and the difference between necessary evils and necessary violence that I found fascinating and quite on point. The politics are, even if not desirable to read about (I just hate politics.), believable enough. The way the characters interact with each other draws you in. The weaponry and the various ways it can be used are fairly unique and easy to imagine in use.
Overall, it’s a good read that will delight science fiction and fantasy readers alike, and I look forward to seeing what the author does with more experience further down the road.