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Review of Renewal by Leona Carver

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Disclaimer: I received a review copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: LGBT, sci-fi



Renewal, Book 1 in the Green Man series.

Sterling is broke and tired of living in a cramped city. A week-long job surveying an old forest seems like the perfect break. It doesn’t hurt that his technician partner is more than friendly.

Then he starts hearing voices and hallucinates an encounter with a fawn who wants him to complete an arcane ritual. Combined with a partner who suddenly needs his help with some mysterious, deadly problem, a boss accusing him of sabotage, and a dying forest, Sterling isn’t certain what’s real, what’s madness, or which is worse.

Note: Book 2 of The Green Man series, Survival is included in the Keep the Stars Running anthology. These books can be read stand alone.


My Review:

Renewal by Leona Carver was such a riveting read that I read it in one sitting. The future Earth that is low on resources, overpopulated, and declining was easy to believe and drew me in right away. Carver kept me guessing about which people were good until the very end. I loved both Sterling and Donovan from the first page. Sterling has erected walls around himself, and I enjoyed his journey that shreds those defenses. The romance between Sterling and Donovan is hot and sweet, but it takes a backseat to the more important relationship between human and nature, which I found just as enthralling as Sterling and Donovan’s romance. Renewal emphasizes the importance of nature and warns of the price of not caring for it. This was a fantastic novella, and I definitely recommend reading it.


About the author:

Leona Carver lives in Canada with an aerospace engineer, a cat, and a tiny human who dominates her life. When she isn’t obeying every whim of the tiny human or petting the cat, Leona ferrets away time to scribble science fiction and fantasy. She writes novels and short stories with a penchant for genre mash-ups—because fairy tales need space stations, historical romance needs steam powered cyborgs, merpeople should wear mecha, and all of the aforementioned need a little love. Or a lot of love.

She has written six works for Less Than Three Press: the novels Piper and No Ocean Too Deep, the Green Man series, and the short story Stableboy.

Leona can be contacted via email (, on her website (, or on Facebook.


Sarah lives on a beautiful half-acre full of beloved trees. She shares her space with three dogs, a snake, and lots of outdoor critters. She is an animist who has studied Druidry, paganism, religions, and metaphysical subjects for 20 years. She has also studied anthropology, history, and mythology academically. She believes firmly in living a spiritual life, not just in having a spiritual practice. She uses her knowledge to help women live a meaningful life they love by aligning with their soul.

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