Reviews and awards
An excerpt of Travelers is included in the Peregrine Lunar Lander as part of the Writers on the Moon Time Capsule.
"...Holmes immerses the reader in the dirty and painstakingly slow processes of on-the-ground archaeology. There’s enough readerly fascination to snag attention, while wincing at Nel’s behaviour. Setting up an engaging but unlikeable main protagonist is a feat. Holmes leaves no option but to keep reading. A romp through pre-history using the framework of universal history, Travelers opens unexpected storylines to play out in the next three episodes. Readers who like stubborn, badly behaved but splendid characters will have a ball. The vibe is deadpan, gumshoe noir. She may be no Lara Croft, but Nel is some adventurer."
- Aurealis Magazine
"A fantastic, short yet powerful sci-fi adventure...A memorable, entertaining and investing read, author V.S. Holmes’ “Travelers” is a must-read start to an incredible sci-fi saga. With emotional and action-packed twists and turns and an ending that leaves open some great story possibilities for future books, the author has crafted a masterful narrative and memorable characters that many readers will be able to identify with."
- Anthony Avina
“I think I'm in love with this series. Grounded in the solid bedrock of real archeological techniques and experience, it takes off from there into the fantastic. I love it the way I love Tony Hillerman's writing: it challenges me to research new areas of study without once losing the draw of a gripping narrative. Even better, it shows truly rounded queer characters whose sexuality is just one facet of a complex and engaging personality. From page 1 Nel tromped through my imagination with a screw-you-too grin and a trowel in her back pocket. Her description of the field life feels incredibly real. This book rocks.”
-O. E. Tearmann, author of The Hands We’re Given
“The whole concept this story is based on and built around is fascinating, the way V.S. Holmes has written the characters and plot is brilliant... a suspenseful read with lots of surprises, a touch of romance, and a whole lot of promise...”
-Serena Yates of Rainbow Book Reviews