Review: An Oath of Dogs by Wendy N. Wagner

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Title: An Oath of Dogs
Author: Wendy N. Wagner
ISBN: 0857666673
Publisher: Angry Robot
Publication date: July 4, 2017
Page count: 432
Genre: Science Fiction/Mystery
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4/5 stars!

I really enjoyed this science fiction mystery! I am a sucker for stories set on alien planets, especially when the flora and fauna are part of the story. Add in a questionably ethical mega-corporation, a religious sect that helped colonize the planet, mysterious and scary feral dogs and MURDER – and you’ve got yourself a good story. I liked that the perspective changed – seeing both out of biologist Peter Bajowski’s eyes and that of newly-emigrated communications manager Kate Standish (who has a therapy dog companion, Hattie) made the story more interesting. But maybe the most interesting were the diary excerpts from the Believer woman who was part of the first human convoy to the moon of Huginn. These slowly reveal the creepy story that is in the background of all the action taking place.

If you like Sheri S. Tepper, the later books in the Ender series by Orson Scott Card or even the movie Avatar, you should definitely give this book a try.


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