The Caphenon a great sci-fi space opera, with battles and politics, ancient alien gods and interesting creation myths. It’s got first contact with a really interesting pre-warp civilization (with awesome gender/sexuality/reproduction stuff going on) and great characters.
I’d give this more than five stars if I could.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. The basis in Star Trek fan fiction is there, but the changes are really interesting. I loved the plants as a ship system, the hullskin technology, and the world-building for the Alsean civilization. I couldn’t put this down, and I can’t wait to carry on with the next in the series.
I found it while browsing ‘also read’ recommendations for lesbian romances, and it does have lesbians. It’s not a romance though, as the main couple are already together before the story starts. They are trying to balance careers that keep them apart, and possible accusations of conflicts of interest which was interesting. I liked them both, despite the fact that (even though they’re all original characters now) Lynn still read rather like J/OFC Mary Sue.