I like science fiction. I don't typically like gay romances. Essent Quest rather snuck up on me in that regard. I did not even realize the story was about to embark on an outer space M/M voyage until I was already in the thick of it, and in a way, neither did the characters! The story is so well told, the reader is almost caught unaware when these two very different, yet compatible, heroes get together. By that time, I did not care and completely enjoyed the touching, gentle and sweet encounters that Tellan and Jorant experience on their journey through space. The plot is simple but compelling, and as a sci-fi fan I applauded the author's use of inventive technical jargon. In addition, the dialogue is straightforward yet evocative.
Alas, even in the far-flung future, there are still barriers to "mixed-race" couples. When Tellan and Jorant return to Domid, their romance is threatened by forces beyond their control, and face a sad and sudden parting. Can two partners who are literally worlds apart ever find a happily ever after?
Your quest: read Essent Quest and find out! Highly recommended!