Dana reviews The Sky People Trilogy by D.C. Juris (Published by Torquere Press, December 30, 2015, 93 pages) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb: Driven by visions of his soul mate, Tristan, Jinsu steps through the portal to Earth, leaving all he has ever known behind.. Seven months into their fairy-tale romance, and Tristan and Jinsu couldn’t be happier. But when Jinsu falls ill with a mysterious, lingering condition, everything changes. Jinsu’s magic is dying and taking him with it. Suddenly the couple’s desire to find a way back to Jinsu’s home world is more than just a dream–it’s a necessity. With Jinsu’s time quickly running out, Tristan is forced to seek help from someone he’d hoped to never, ever lay eyes on again.
Tristan awakens on Torottu, but the portal wasn’t meant for humans, and he’s been near death since his arrival almost ten months ago. Even worse, Jinsu has no idea who Tristan is—the return trip through the portal erased his memory of Earth, of their relationship, or Tristan himself. Winning Jinsu’s heart again won’t be easy, especially if Kelan, Jinsu’s twin, has anything to say about it. Kelan loves Jinsu, too, and he won’t be put aside for Tristan. Not again. Tristan knows his only chance for happiness—and the only chance for Jinsu and Kelan—is to follow his heart. Previously published by Breathless Press.
The premise of The Sky People intrigued me and I happily took the book for review. I love the idea of worlds outside of the one I live in, especially since it seemed to be in close proximity to Earth. The main characters of Tristan and Jinsu were also very interesting. Tristan’s life is actually the opposite of interesting. He works, sleeps, and eats. I don’t think he interacts with anyone except on a professional basis. There was a Joe vs. The Volcano feeling about his life. Extremely bland, devoid of happiness. His only pleasure comes while he dreams of a man named Jinsu.
Jinsu is not just a dream but a real man who lives in a world among the clouds. His life seems more full, with family and friends, but he is drawn to a human named Tristan. He is so preoccupied with Tristan that he almost risks his life in order to jump off the edge of his world in hopes of landing in Tristan’s.
The story is about Jinsu finding an alternative way to Tristan, and what happens after. At a certain point, though, it becomes imperative for Jinsu to return to his world called Torottu and Tristan has to find a way to get him there. I do wish the author had gone into a little bit more detail about Torottu, though.
I’m curious how it has never been seen by humans before, especially since Jinsu was able to see Earth from the land’s edge. Is there some mystical veil blocking it? Does it move through the sky under a cloud cover, never staying in the same place? The people of this land seem content, and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of stigmas that are seen in the human world.
Having sex with someone of the same gender is not an issue at all. Neither is having sex with a relative. There are no rigid ideals or taboos when it comes to sex on Torottu. Incest is pretty taboo on Earth, though, so Jinsu’s admission to sleeping with his brother does throw Tristan and it might throw some readers of this story.
I’ll admit I have read a few brothercest/twincest books in the m/m romance genre, and I’ve enjoyed those stories. In my opinion the taboo in this book is very minimal. It’s more mentioned as a side note with only a little physical contact occurring between the brothers on page. Even if the subject does bother you, I don’t think that this book will lead to discomfort for the reader.
At 93 pages total, the trilogy is a very quick read. There are definitely benefits to novellas and short stories, especially for readers with little time to read. There are some drawbacks, too. In The Skypeople Trilogy, a long amount of time must be covered in a minimal amount of pages. It leads to a lot of missing detail. Most of the story is about Jinsu and Tristan, and very little contact is made with secondary characters.
There are only about four more characters in the whole story with dialogue. Some of them are interesting though and I wish they could have been more developed and that goes for the whole story. I felt what was there was well written, but unfortunately, it didn’t really touch my emotions and that’s the key to a really great story for me. Even if it’s anger or sadness, feeling something about what I read is what makes it enjoyable. The Skypeople Trilogy is a good story though if you want to read something with a science-fiction/fantasy twist and don’t have time for a 200-400 page book. It was a decent, quick read.