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Product Details

  • Series: The Onic Empire
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Aphrodisia (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758235348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758235343
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,706,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
In the Onic Empire, Sterlave the Harvester has been prepared for one year for virginal initiation until the time comes to select his bondmate; now he chooses Princess Kasmiri as his bondmate. Haughty, Kasmiri rejects Sterlave as being beneath her class. However, he ignores her denial of their attraction and soon has the virgin wanting his touch as she enjoys their sexual activity.

When her mother the Onic empress dies suddenly, Kasmiri replaces her. However, her hold on the throne is shaky as evil from without and rebellious betrayal from within threaten the new empress. Her only hope to survive resides with Sterlave, whom she kicked aside when she replaced her mother.

The second Onic Empire romantic fantasy (see Wicked Harvest to better understand the sexual hierarchy) is an interesting tale as sexual depravity is the norm with rape and torture a way of life regardless of the victim's sex. Anitra Lynn McLeod cleverly keeps much of the violent assaults off-page using the aftermath emotions to tell the molestation. Ironically Kasmiri is a bi*ch, but her haughty nastiness seems right for her lofty position in this empire although more insight into the caste system (especially the sexual) would be appreciated.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lori Titus on January 16, 2011
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Dark Harvest is a lust filled romance/fantasy tale. The second in a series of books about McLeod's Onic Empire, the world-building and customs of the world are well constructed. I haven't read the first book, but still found enough explanations and detail to understand the goings on of this society. Both highly advanced (in technology) and in some ways primitive (especially in regards to the social order and roles of men and women), the Onic Empire felt like a place that could or did exist at some point in history.

The story revolves around Kasmiri, next in line to become Empress. At her Harvest, when she is initiated as a woman and a full citizen, she is chosen by a man she does not know and doesn't want.

Sterlave, the man in question, has some trouble getting Kasmiri to take him seriously, despite their strong physical chemistry. What starts off as duty, however, ends up as love.

Meanwhile, other things are going on in the palace. Death, betrayal, and the rise of a brutal foe threatens to destroy the couple and bring about the downfall of the empire.

Be warned, this book is full on in its sexuality. There's very little here that is not explored, and this may not appeal to some readers. While the explicit sex (and varieties of it) didn't bother me, I have to mention that there are a couple of chapters that deal with rape. While those passages are brutal, they were meant to make the reader uncomfortable. The beast that commits these crimes is just that, and McLeod does not shy away from showing it in its full grotesqueness.

If readers stick with this book from beginning to end, I think they'll find it an action packed story. You'll root for Kasmiri and Sterlave to find their way to each other and a new life together.
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McLeod delivers a great, hot inter racial romance that is also a great fantasy story as well. I throughly enjoyed this story and the plot was completely engaging! Good job! Great , hot erotic scenes that contribute to the story.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kay Dault on November 13, 2011
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I have not read the first book in this series. Just finished this book (#2) not sure if I have enough interest to buy book # 1 (Wicked Harvest).

I found Kasmiri fairly unpleasant and with few redeaming qualities. Oh - poor is me, poor little rich girl that has DUTY to worry about and has to be constantly going to Empire Events. The rich have everything in this world and the rest of the society / villages have almost nothing. The processing of virgins to make them adults is also somewhat lame in this book. Maybe book one outlined the need for this pratice.

I found the overall caste system somewhat confusing. There is also a prophecy mentioned, but this book did not outline what that is. Gods and Fauben (fallen demons?). A contest between good and evil. PS. I hate when authors use made up words or 'other' language words without some sort of glossary in the back. I can make up a reference based on the sentenace, but why can't they just write the term that they mean.

I liked the Harvester Sterlave. He brought a much more humane view to the story and was the catelyst for great improvments in Kasmiri. The whole story of Chur and Enovese (book 1) - don't understand why they could not make a bigger impact for good in this book. In this book they are demi-gods or some such, yet other than giving some council to Sterlave - I was disappointed in their non-contribution to the over all story.

The mad/evil Loban was fairly creative and combining with being possessed by a demon was interesting.

I also enjoyed the character of Rown very much - wished for more about him and UNGATI (sexual servants - but are not supposed to experience pleasure, orgamism from or with their masters - only their god). ??? Very unfair.
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Reading, writing, and white-water rafting are the three things Anitra Lynn McLeod enjoys the most. Please visit her at www.AnitraMcLeod.com