Review: An Accidental Goddess by Linnea Sinclair

An Accidental GoddessThis book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Linnea Sinclair’s novels are best described as “sci-fi with a twist.” Her previous books aren’t straight science fiction, but include strong elements of romance and a bit of the paranormal. Her most recent work, An Accidental Goddess, combines likable characters and an interstellar romance’s unique complication.

Gillaine Davre regains consciousness and is nowhere that she expected to be. She soon discovers that she’s not even in the expected century. She and her sentient ship, Simon, have been catapulted more than 300 years into the future: one final casualty of a furious battle involving everything from technology to magic.

Worse, the station that she finds herself on, Cirrus One, is deep in Khalar space. The Khalarans remember her epic battle quite well: so well, in fact, that she’s now revered as the Kiasidira, a goddess.

Aside from a fear that she might destroy a culture, Gillaine has another reasons to conceal her true identity: She rather doubts that her growing attraction to Admiral “Mack” Makarian would survive the truth.

But she may have no choice. The very enemies that she nearly gave her life to destroy have arisen again, and Cirrus One may be their first target.

Some of the novel’s romance aspects are predictable, but–fortunately–the resulting corniness doesn’t last too long. Sinclair doesn’t dwell on such sappy moments, instead weaving them into the rest of the story. The story’s emphasis on action helps, since the characters don’t have much time to make out.

Although this novel seems at first to be a mishmash of genres–sci-fi, romance and fantasy are all squashed together here–the author manages them quite well.

The magic elements are kept minimal, and can just as easily be called Gillaine’s racial abilities. I’d therefore call this predominantly science fiction laced with romance, and the primary characters have enough warmth and humor to carry the tale.

An Accidental Goddess is surprising and enjoyable, light and action-packed: sheer fun to read.