• Title: The Bereft: An Intergalactic Space Opera Series (Tradepoint Saga Book 3)
  • Author: JJ Blacklocke
  • Publisher: Aethon Books on April 13, 2021
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Pages: 375
  • Available Formats: Paperback, Hardback, and Digital editions
  • Rating: 5/5

Trigger Warnings: None

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The Bereft: An Intergalactic Space Opera Series Blurb

Precarious Haven. Dangerous Mission.

As Tradepoint’s Director, Wyve has to obey his government’s commands, even if it means pressuring his Vennan friend, Burlon te Laith, to undertake a risky journey to Sprygale. If Burlon refuses to satisfy the government’s demand for geddel crystals, the Vennans risk expulsion from their haven on Tradepoint.

Agreeing to Travel the River to Sprygale to bring back geddel crystals will put Burlon on a collision course with Gredin’s edict against any Vennan Traveler leaving Tradepoint, but what choice does he have, if he wants to keep everyone safe?

A third of the Vennan survivors are ill, struggling to retain the gyftes that keep them sane… and one of those afflicted is Gredin. She puts up a bold front, hiding her weakness from friend and foe. But if Burlon openly defies her by leaving
Tradepoint, Gredin’s hold over the Vennan community might crumble.

With an old rival eager to reclaim control.

Push comes to shove in THE BEREFT, Book 3 of The Tradepoint Saga, a space opera rife with intrigue, high stakes, and surprises. Perfect for fans of CJ Cherryh, David Feintuch, Star Trek: Discovery, and The Mandalorian.


My Review

There could not be a better ending to the Tradepoint Saga than what JJ Blacklocke gave us in The Bereft. I cried so hard through the whole novel. Gredin finally comes into her own, and it is glorious!

I wish there were more to come from this saga because there is so much more I want to know. But, in all truth, this ending is perfect. I still would like to see a pairing with Gredin and Keegan, but circumstances won’t allow it. Though, in my imagination, they get to live happily ever after.

Gredin’s moment with the Hesch broke my heart. Those scenes were so tender and full of kindness that I ugly cried. The baby Hesch was way too adorable for its own good. The gift that Gredin chose in exchange for her flamestone was the sweetest gift I have ever seen.

Keegan’s crisis scared the crap out of me. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read through that part. This scene was another one where ugly crying occurred. But, much to my relief, he is okay.

I am sad that this saga is over, but I am still happy to award The Bereft a full 5 out of 5 stars. If you have any inkling of starting with science fiction, I can’t recommend this trilogy enough. If you do read it, I hope you love it as much as I do.

Read my review of Refuge (Book 1)

Read my review of Aftershock (Book 2)

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