As one can guess by looking at the cover for The Infinite Expanse, this is not going to be your ordinary type of book!
The Infinite Expanse, by BC Powell
This is BC Powell's second book in The Journals of Krymzyn trilogy. This is a fantasy, paranormal, little bit of romance, science fiction novel.
In Book One, our main character, Chase, begins to visit the land of Krymzyn, and the central Delta, during his physical black outs. His blackouts are eventually attributed to brain aneurysm.
By Book Two, The Infinite Expanse, Chase has now come to stay permanently in this very unusual land and understands that he has truly died in his own world.
Chase very fortunately connects with Sash, a female inhabitant of the Delta. This is the first multidimensional romance I've ever read. Sash, like all others in her land, has very unique abilities, as well as a particular purpose in serving their land. Sash collects the life-giving sap from the deadly trees, the substance that all the inhabitants survive on.
Sash and Chase live together as she instructs him about all things Krymzyn, and they discover what Chase's purpose will be.
The reader discovers this unique world with crimson red grass, strange trees that can be tapped for life-giving sap but only at night when they sleep (otherwise they will kill you with their branches), clouds that don't move, and even lurking evil forces at the very edges of the Delta that plan destruction on Chase, and the entire land.
When Sash has to find and save Chase from the far wilderness, we learn that she has hidden, growing powers beyond conception. These powers, and the loving caring that exists strongly between all the inhabitants of the Delta, will all be needed in a future battle.
One of my big questions is, how real is the land of Krymzyn and Chase's experience of it? As he has died in his own world, what could these experiences actually be? Are they a creation of dying neural cells? Or has he actually travelled to another dimension? It may be that this is for the reader to decide.
The land of Krymzyn is of many bright colours and so it brings to my mind Avatar, by James Cameron, right off.
My favourite characters are the serquatines! Many beings in Krymzyn resemble human mythological characters, but I won't give away who the serquatines resemble (hint: there is one on the book cover!). Chase encounters the serquatines when he has come under unexpected attack and loses his way trying to escape and ends up out in the infinite expanse.
One of the many unique elements of this book is how the author describes how the travellers function. Travellers learn to mentally separate their own light beams, then blend them into streams of daylight to latch onto their speed to move over long distances quickly.
BC Powell writes very concisely and so all the elements of characterization, and descriptions of Krymzyn and events are thoroughly explored. I find his writing style a little bit pedantic, but not off-putting.
So, if you're looking to read something completely different, or just want to stray from your usual, consider The Infinite Expanse. It's comforting somehow to know that romance rules, even in other dimensions! Some sexuality.