I’m not a big fan of Sci-fi but the first chapter of Angie Lofthouse's Defenders of the Covenant pulled me in because of the characters. I was curious about the reason McKenzie’s relationship had changed with Hannah and it made sense when it was revealed. I also liked that Hannah didn’t share Derek’s interest in her. Imperfect characters with their own set of problems.
The world-building was interesting and the use of ‘overskins’ especially effective. I found the pig-like aliens a mixture of too bizarre and familiar for my taste. This probably won’t bother those who read alien stories.
Lofthouse weaves complex storylines together with plenty to keep track of without becoming confusing. The reader gets to follow four main characters in their separate adventures that mostly reconnect. I did wish for some of the scenes to show more current action rather than using summary. I wondered if this was to cut the word count of a 365 page book.
The target audience is fairly specific and unique, to my knowledge. LDS young adults and up who enjoy sci-fi will especially like this book. I’m pleased to see the LDS fiction market broadening. You can find out more about Defenders of the Covenant, including reading other reviews, or about the author at http://www.notesfromthewritingchair.blogspot.com/ or http://angielofthouse.com/