Char Meadowlark is being rushed up to the Imperial Space Station by her friend Mike to avoid a pending eco-terrorist attack. Unfortunately, her timing is a bit off, and the attack occurs while she is at the airport. Saved by Jake, the pilot of the Space Junque, he flies her to her destination. Amidst the terrorist attacks, ancient gods appear to take control. Will Char survive the attacks, an encounter with the newly emerged goddess and the two men suddenly competing for her attention?
This is a fast-paced novella. It covers a lot of ground without feeling rushed. The world is a very different place, and is in the midst of great upheaval, and yet all the changes are easily followed and understood.
Char is an interesting character who is easily understood. She is the strongest, most defined character in the story. As such, she is the most memorable. The relationships Char engages in feel a bit rushed, but make sense given the tremendously difficult situations she finds herself in. A word of caution, they are a bit steamy.
This is an exciting start to the series. I can’t wait to read more about Asherah and the Empanii.
Set several years after Space Junque, many of the characters reappear. Durga, a young woman chosen by the goddess Asherah must serve as a chalice, one of the few fertile women in the world. She must conceive a child with a political leader to help repopulate the world with souls. But love isn’t supposed to be part of the deal. Jake heads a city-state with Char at his side. The political situation dictates he must have a child with a chalice to further develop his city. Can he survive the political waters, and will his relationship with Char survive?
Another short novella, this one managed to tell both Durga’s story, as well as Jake and Char’s. I preferred reading about Jake and Char, only because I found Durga offsetting. She wasn’t a very likable character, and I had a hard time believing her capable of love.
I found the further development of the world very interesting. It was easy to see how the situation had evolved from the first book. It was interesting, and yet slightly repulsive as fertile women were basically become prostitutes. Even though they were supposedly picked by the goddess to be honoured, it felt like a poorly dealt hand for the women.
I found the reactions of some of the non-fertile women to be amusing. Particularly Char’s view on child birth. Living in a world without natural childbirth, she found the idea of it horrifying. When she expressed her thoughts on the subject, I found myself giggling because really, if you only heard about it as tales from the distant past, it could be discribed as horrible.
This was a great second book. Complete in itself, yet part of the larger story. Can’t wait to read more.
Set several generations after the other books in the series, it focuses on Mallory. She`s a chalice from a small settlement in Garrick who captures the attention of both Garrick, the King of Garrick and Edmund, the King of Allel. Her struggles are amplified when a rumour starts that she is the lost descendent of the last Imperial Emperor. Will Mal survive to discover the truth of her past?
After the short novellas comprising the series so far, this full length book is a surprise. It is a chance to delve into a complex, detailed story that really sticks with you.
Mal is a simple girl from a primitive settlement. When she is discovered to be a “bleeder”, her whole world changes. Suddenly she is one of the treasured chalices, and must learn a whole new way of living. Her transformation is very realistic and believable. Her thoughts ring true as a simple girl caught in a new, unknown world.
I loved the references to parts of the previous books. Tesla technology (from book 1) is quite important in Allel, and to the plot. Durga and chalice world (from book 2) forms the core of this book. This makes reading the series in order very important.
Like the other books, there are a very steamy erotic scenes. Being a longer book with more detail, there are a few more of these scenes than in the previous books.
Overall, this was a great book in the series, one that signaled a change from novella to full-length novel with great success.