The Temple at Landfall by Jane Fletcher. ★★★
The Temple at Landfall is a light, entertaining science fiction story with a fantasy feel. It’s also set on an entirely female planet.
Lynn is a chosen of the Goddess, blessed with the ability to Imprint DNA and thus create new life. But from the age of twelve she has been locked inside the temple, guarded by the sisters, and given no choice as to her own life. When she’s to be transferred to another temple, Lynn suddenly gains a measure of freedom and soon a choice that could change her life completely.
Going into The Temple at Landfall, I was under the impression that it was a fantasy novel. It didn’t take much time at all before I realized something else was going on. As it turns out, the only fantasy element is psychic healing powers. The rest is science fiction with some fantasy trappings.
While I didn’t think the world building was exceptional, I did like how it combined science fiction and fantasy. I also liked some of the remnants we see of the original settlement, although I’ll leave you to the discovery of the specifics. I think the world building could have been a bit more in depth. For instance, I would have loved to see more of the native alien flora and fauna.
Actually, “could have been more in depth” describes a great deal of The Temple at Landfall. The characters were decent, although they still felt more like they’d been outlined than fully filled in. As you may have been able to guess, there’s a romantic plotline with another woman, Kim, a solider in the Rangers. While the beginning of the book is exclusively focused on Lynn, not too far in Kim begins getting POV sections as well.
Before I wrap things up, I feel compelled to mention how much I hate the cover art. It’s boring, ugly, and whitewashed. It looks cheap middle grade princess novel, and not a good one. Urgh. I have feelings about art, okay?
While The Temple at Landfall doesn’t rock my world or anything, I don’t regret reading it as it was able to provide a worthwhile level of entertainment. All the same, I doubt I’ll be continuing with the series. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a light f/f genre novel with a happy ending.