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Christopher W. Wilcox Sr.
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Twenty years have passed since the destruction of the Gray invasion fleet saved the worlds of the Pride; twenty years without a single sign of the Gray throughout the known universe. The lessening of tension has permitted the Guardians to focus on reclaiming the devastated planets. As the children of the Guardians come of age, a new and more deadly threat emerges. The unexplained loss of one hundred ninety-two Æthereal warriors brings them face to face with a new Gray species even as treachery and rebellion threatens the Guardian alliance, forcing them all to face the truth about their past, their present, and whether there will be a future.
Ebon the Black, leader of the Æthereal Council and Guar-dian of Earth, stood staring out the window of his third-story office overlooking the large landing field at Paradise Base. He didn’t move when the door to his office opened as he knew who was coming through it. Being telepathic had its advantag-es.
“There’s been no word?” asked Eric Johansson, Ebon’s human partner.
Ebon shook his head mutely and continued to watch the field in vain.
“How many teams does this make?”
“Too many; twelve teams too many, and all of them trained combat veterans,” Ebon responded, a hint of anger in his voice. “What could possibly overcome that many Æthereals so quickly that not one managed to portal home or even broadcast a mind call to tell us what happened? Each team had been briefed to let us know when they arrived on their as-signed planet, and yet not one of them has ever checked in once their portal closed behind them.”
Ebon turned around and faced Eric. “I am recalling all the teams except for those involved in reclaiming the Pride home world. Until we know what we face out there, I will not send teams out blindly.”
Eric shook his head. “That’s not going to be popular with any of the science or exploration teams. It will interrupt a lot of research.”
“Better a temporary interruption than a permanent death,” Ebon said. “As head of the Council, that is my decision. I am convening a Grand Council in three days to discuss what we know, what we think, and what we will do next. I am also inviting the Ursars and the Pride to send representatives to the meeting as this will affect all the Guardians.”
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The Æthereal Grand Council was comprised of every available Æthereal who could be physically present or attend in astral form. On a vast plain on the Paradise planet, they ga-thered in a huge amphitheater with terraced edges that allowed the massive dragons adequate space for comfort during the long Grand Council meetings, which had been known to last for days. Grouped by specialty, they formed a rainbow of colors around the mile-long amphitheater. First came the Golds, the historian/archivists. Next to them were the Whites, the smaller healers. The Blues of the Science Corps and Greens of the Exploration Teams were next, followed by the Oranges of the warrior class charged with protecting them, then the Reds, Browns and Blacks—the combat wings that guarded the galaxy. The center of the amphitheater was filled with the human partners of the Æthereal, intermingled with the larger bearlike Ursars and feline Pride.
What sound there was in that vast arena came from the humans, who talked quietly among themselves as they waited for the meeting to begin. The other species were also com-muning with one another, but their discourse was telepathic.
The first rays of the rising sun broke over the rim of the amphitheater and edged down the western slope, highlighting the Golds. When that light came to rest on the lone Gold standing in the front of the assemblage, a mental tone rang in the minds of all attending.
‘Let the Grand Council of the Guardians convene,’ Amber the Gold’s mental voice echoed in everyone’s mind. Instantly all eyes and minds were focused on the ancient Gold dragon, the first female of their species created by the Ancients in their war against the Grays.
‘By request of the Guardian of Sol and Head of the Æthereal Council, this Grand Council has been summoned to discuss the grave peril that now threatens us all.’
The massive form of Ebon the Black now strode to the front. Over three hundred feet in length, with a wingspread to match, Ebon was one of the largest Æthereal in existence. The rising sun glittered off his scales.
“Mr. Wilcox has once again penned an engaging future for humanity. Taking what is known up to this point in the Æthereal series and adding a new twist to things, he has also brought forth some SciFi and special effects favorites from my own past movie watching experiences. Bravo for incorporating the classics into this soon to be classic series.
As this is the fifth installment of the Æthereal series, Mr. Wilcox has included an introduction of what has gone before, and a glossary of who's who as an appendix to the book. But it would be my recommendation that you simply read the entire Æthereal series to enjoy the excitement and emotion of the stories as they build one to the next.
Æthereal's Children carries the excitement, intrigue, and full-on SciFi adventure begun in the first installment, Æthereal, and continued through Æthereal Revealed, Æthereal's Clans, and Æthereal's Pride. It will be a long wait for me until the sixth and final novel, Æthereal's Destiny.
I loved this novel and the series. Æthereal's Children has continued to uphold my expectations of the series and I hate having to wait for the next and final installment. My dear Will; please do not keep me waiting too long.”
-Reviewed By MargeAnna Conrad, Novelspot
"Christopher Wilcox creates a wonderful universe full of creatures not yet seen or found, and then casts them into a plot searching for intense drama and conflict. Because it is a sequel, the reader can quickly identify the cause to be the fact that the characters who were the villians are no longer the villians and until the very last page, the real villian does not make his appearance.
Here is a situation where the previous "bad guys" are now "good guys" and some of the "good guys" are now "bad guys". This is somewhat analogous to John Wayne switching from a white hat to a black hat and back again. For long time readers of the AEthereal series, it is may be a stretch to swallow the plot line. For everyone else, its going to be a great read. The characters are engrossing, the situation feels real, the story moves at a great pace, and you can't put the novel down. For a wonderful afternoon or two of reading, this is a must have book." - RATING: 8 Campfires, Sage Fire Reviews
"Aethereal’s Children by Christopher W. Wilcox, Sr. is part of the Aethereal series. This book easily stands alone. I am not sure why but I was reminded of the original “Battle Star Galactic” series (I was a big fan.) Wilcox successfully weaves the threads of the story together to form a tapestry that comes to life on the pages of Aethereal’s Children. The characters were well-developed and matured as the story progressed. The plot was entertaining and flowed smoothly. Fans of fantasy and science fiction will enjoy Aethereal’s Children." - Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com
Æthereal's Children carries the excitement, intrigue, and full-on SciFi adventure begun in the first installment, Æthereal, and continued through Æthereal Revealed, Æthereal's Clans, and Æthereal's Pride. It will be a long wait for me until the sixth and final novel, Æthereal’s Destiny.
I loved this novel and the series. Æthereal's Children continues to fulfill my expectations of the series and I hate having to wait for the next and final installment. My dear Will; please do not keep me waiting too long.
Reviewed By MargeAnna Conrad, Novelspot
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
No. of Pages: 328
Paper Weight (lb): 13.6
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