The shattering sequel to Railhead is here!
Zen and Nova have ridden a train from one world to another before. They come from the Network Empire, whose stations are scattered across half the galaxy. But this time it’s different. They’ve passed through a gate which shouldn’t exist at all. They did terrible things to open it, they don’t know where it leads, and now they can never go back.
Chandni Hansa has just been defrosted from the prison freezers by the new Empress of the Great Network. When railwar erupts around them, the two find themselves running for their lives. But where can they run, when nowhere is safe?
And all the while, the mysterious Black Light Zone is calling them. But as their lines separate and intersect, among trainsong and engine-roar, battle cries and gunfire, will they find a way home? If home even exists any more…
Although I jumped into this thing without being aware that it’s the second installment of a trilogy series, I wasn’t lost or left scrambling about for something to make sense. Reeve elegantly fills in the blanks for those like me who hadn’t read the first novel and, from what I can gather, introduces new characters along the way.
Filled with heart-warming moments and a sweet tenderness depicting a budding romance between Zen Starling and his Motorik Nova, Black Light Express tells the story of sweet sorrow, awesome worlds, fantastic machines, and danger around every corner. With political intrigue and a sense of adventure, Zen, Nova, and Threnody journey across the galaxy exposing dark and intelligent secrets and waves of weirdly unique creatures – some just as sinister as the planets they inhabit.
I’m eagerly awaiting for the third and final book of this choo-choo awesomeness!