If you had the power to rewrite people’s thoughts… would you?
As a thirty-five-year-old farmer on a colony world, Raith is a kind and simple man, with a catch – he’s only existed for two years. His previous life is a mystery; the only clue to his past is a dark, ominous voice inside his head.
When the Empire executes its triennial ‘Soul Harvest’, Raith’s partner, Amorina, is amongst the abducted colonists. Stowing away aboard one of the departing ships, Raith must navigate strange yet familiar territory in an attempt to save her. Haunted by his inner demon, the rescue becomes increasingly complex, as Raith finds himself caught between the Empire, the Insurgency, and the United Earth Republic, with new friends and enemies knowing more about Raith’s history than he does.
Finally, as his past catches up with him, Raith discovers the dark truth about his former life and the powerful technology responsible for erasing it. With the burden of his disturbing past weighing upon him, Raith is forced into wielding that power once more; and the fate of humanity hangs on his decision.
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A pulse-pounding interplanetary adventure in the farthest reaches of space, Forgotten Evil is a gripping science fiction novella about balancing moral obligations with the corrupting force of power. Thirty-five-year-old Raith, a farmer who can only remember the past two years of his life, embarks on a daring rescue mission to save his kidnapped partner and ends up learning more than he bargained for about his shadowy past.
Holland effortlessly balances tense action sequences with fast-paced dialogue, as Raith must wrestle with a dark voice in his head and decide where his loyalties lie, for an inventive work of visionary sci-fi, which establishes a solid foundation for a new series.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Forgotten Evil. It was a fast-paced storyfull of intergalactic adventure that kept me interested from the first page to the last. There was just the right amount of humor to break up the seriousness of the fighting and action packed scenes that allowed the story to flow smoothly.
I would recommend Forgotten Evil to anyone who’s searching for a quick read, a sci-fi adventure, or a story whose main character is conflicted with demons from their past.
The most important message I took away from Forgotten Evil is that who we are – good or bad – is a choice. And even then it is not always that simple – the final few chapters explore the idea that right and wrong can become blurred and some decisions are never as clear as we would want them to be.
Overall, I did enjoy Forgotten Evil. Holland incorporates some interesting concepts into the plot, such as the mysterious voice in Raith’s head. Due to the strong travel element in the story, the plot is continually moving forward; there is always something happening.