Being condemned to slavery is a common enough occurrence on the desert planet of Livre, but this time, priest Shan Polli is determined to prevent the corrupt, soul eating system from destroying one life Temar Grazer was sentenced for what amounted to a criminal prank but Shan soon finds that the dangers extend far beyond Temar s crime.Caught between guilt and hope, SBeing condemned to slavery is a common enough occurrence on the desert planet of Livre, but this time, priest Shan Polli is determined to prevent the corrupt, soul eating system from destroying one life Temar Grazer was sentenced for what amounted to a criminal prank but Shan soon finds that the dangers extend far beyond Temar s crime.Caught between guilt and hope, Shan must find his true path in either the priesthood or in a man whose strength and survival defies the odds Can the two men unravel a plot that threatens the entire world before Temar is broken by a system of slavery that has twisted out of control
Desert World Allegiances Being condemned to slavery is a common enough occurrence on the desert planet of Livre but this time priest Shan Polli is determined to prevent the corrupt soul eating system from destroying one li
Temar made the classic mistake a younger sibling can make, to follow.The council s judgement sets Cyla and Temar in their new lives, ten years of enslavement for destruction of property and squandering a precious resource.Conspiracy and theft Enslavement and abuse If Young was stealing water, and Temar agreed with his sister on that one, then the man deserved slavery, but Cyla s joy at the thought made him a little uneasy A system that has a correctional system of enslavement indentured servitud [...]
STOP Read this first.There is a much better blurb out there Livre once offered Planetary Alliance miners and workers a small fortune if they helped terraform the mineral rich planet People flocked to the world, but then a civil war cut the desert planet off from all resources Half terraformed and clinging to the edge of existence, Livre devolved into a world where death was accepted as part of life, water resources were scarce and constantly dwindling, and neighbors tried to help each other hold [...]
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I liked this story quite a bit The characters were well developed, and interesting I liked that people, for the most part, weren t simply black and white in their morality I think the relationship between Shan and his brother was a highlight for me Their relationship is strained, and complicated, but for very honest and very real reasons I liked Temar, and his struggles I appreciated that he was deeply hurt, but he [...]
2.5 starsDesert World Allegiances is the first book in a two book series by Lyn Gala The science fiction world is very well developed, even if based off a familiar premise of terraforming a new planet The characters in this first book are pretty immature and they honestly drove me nuts While I really quite enjoyed the writing and world building, I disliked almost every single one of the actual characters This does give them room to change and grow but since this is just the first book, they don [...]
This book left me in two minds once I had read it and that makes it difficult to rate.On the one hand, the alien world the author created is credible, the descriptions are vivid, and I could really see and feel what it would be like to live on Livre, the desert world of this book The society and its focus on preserving water made sense under the circumstances, even if I found some of the extreme measures like slavery as a punishment for water infringements hard to believe They didn t make sense [...]
Good m m scifi romance about a guy who s put into slavery as punishment and about the priest who realizes that all is not as it seems This reminded me a bit too much of Dune
Desert World is a real page turner and I enjoyed the two books Allegiances and Rebirth which I m reviewing jointly as they re really Part 1 and 2 of the same story.Many of the themes and threads that began in the first book don t reach a full conclusion until the second book Particularly the sexual nature of their relationship so if you were put off book one because of the lack of romance and sex, rest assured there is enough in the second to make up for it But they aren t sex scenes just for th [...]
Deserts conjure up images of desolate wastelands, sparsely populated with vegetation or life In this world, not only is this accurate, it is also a depressing place of soul destroying elements Temar Grazer is a young man who makes a youthful mistake of trusting the wrong people one time too many He follows his sister s foolish plan only to find himself enslaved His proof of corruption is stricken from his hands and he is left in a world where good and bad seem to have been flipped And there is n [...]
Between 3 and 3.5 This was a good sci fi story, with a well built world and an interesting plot I like the characters and how they related to each other, though Shan s self hatred and guilt wore a little thin after a while Oh well I guess that s because he s a priest He was also cool and knew how to ride motorcycles though, so he was fleshed out as a character I wish he d spent a little of the book sober, but it wasn t his fault as he needed to drink whatever he could find to survive His loooon [...]
The author has created a complex and believable world in this book The characters are multifaceted and the heroes are likable The action sequences are exciting as well.The book does have a few flaws, however For one, it suffers somewhat from insufficient editing This means there are a few errors in the text and several places where the prose could have been improved More importantly, however, editing could have generally tightened the story itself as well as some of the scenes Second, the author [...]
This is really science fiction and not a romance There is sexual abuse and rape, but it is of the criminal variety not of the power play, non con or prurient kind And there is not much of it onscreen.
When I first read this story, I felt it was meh because I kept waiting for the romance to happen and romance was a small part of this story So when this book was republished by DSP Publication, that was when I started to notice, this book would be good if not sold as romance So I decided to reread the first two books in anticipation of the third book O purchased a while ago.I enjoyed my second read immensely When I let go of the notion that this book was a romance and read it as a science fictio [...]
I think this book contains too much abuse for me to recommend it on my blog, but I did enjoy reading it.The hard SF worldbuilding was well done The dryness of the planet influenced the culture, education, and infrastructure of the settlements in many ways Nothing was overlooked.The characters were deep The heroes had their struggles, doubts, and determination, and the villains had believable motivations Aside from an occasional awkward turn of phrase, the writing was smooth and effective in pres [...]
3.5 rounded up If you are looking for a romance this isn t really the book to pick up It s there but it vague and unformed a promise of something to come later in the series This book is about setting up the dynamics of a very interesting world and giving us a handle on the people that populate it It also gives us a mystery and intrigue to figure out mixed in with some abuse and bad guys What really makes this book for me is the detailed world and how interesting it is.
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I really enjoyed the first half of this book The world building was nicely done, the main characters were likeable and the story had some real momentum to it The villain was suitably disgusting and genuinely frightening Then the story ground to a screeching halt somewhere around the 50% mark and turned into the worst kind of angsty hurt comfort Christ, the story just wouldn t fucking quit with the angsty wallowing, surprisingly not so much from the supposedly traumatized character, but from his [...]
Okay, maybe I was in the wrong mood when I read this one, especially as I love the rest of Ms Gala s stories, but I honestly didn t get any further than a couple of chapters due to the dark, depressing, and oppressed atmosphere of the story I accept that Temar is a product of his experiences and that Shan feels trapped by what is expected and what he is able to do, but that got a little old fast when redemption and change wasn t even a glint on the far horizon Although I don t mind dark novels, [...]
I wish there was a way to give a negative star This book contains child rape scenes and child abuse It is disgusting and the author should seriously reevaluate her ideals for writing such garbage Adult men who sexually abuse younger men who have been punished and made slaves is simply poor writing, and shows the authors true lack of talent that she felt it necessary to resort to such inappropriate content as a means of attempting to flesh out a poorly crafted, weak story.
Firstly I must admit I m a fan of the author It means that I read all her works, know what to expect and what to let pass as a small editing mistakes I m reading for pleasure only, and not good at philological analysis But in this book I found what I expected quality fiction, with imperfect and struggling characters, moral dylemmas and the satisfying ending Oh, and the wryting itself was than good I didn t expect less Good work, really.
This book is not a romance, but rather classic science fiction Everything happens on some faraway planet, in some undetermined future Two main protagonists fight against conspiracy that threatens the survival of the planet Their interests in each other takes second or even third place behind adventure plot, family drama and moral dilemmas of institutionalized slavery.
4.5 stars Fascinating world building embedded well in to a plot with plenty of unexpected revelations Whilst most characters seemed complex and well written especially Shan , I sometimes felt that the main character and his sister were a little weak, and the sister somewhat one note Still, definitely will reread this in the future
A dying desert planet, forgotten settlers from partial terraforming project, a sexually abuse slave and a man who questions his career path as a priest I found this book about survival, than anything else I enjoyed the book, but at times I found the main characters immature, though I see a lot of potential for the rest of this story in the second book.
This was a fairly enjoyable story I would like to have had a little back story on the world of Livre, not that there wasn t enough to understand what was going on but a little history would have been nice Also, the punishment seemed less like slavery and like indentured servitude since at the end of the specified term of work they would be freed from bondage.
3.75 I like Lyn Gala s hand with characters and she creates some interesting worlds She doesn t back away from the pain of life but never has her characters wallow in it either I m interested in seeing of Temar and Shan and of Livre, too.
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Idiot priest and his stubborn brother were so cute together And I really liked Temar With all that happened he never gave up and never stopped fighting.
4.5 STARSSolid psychological, sci fi thriller Another great Lyn Gala sci fi