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Central (Daughters of Saraqael Book Two) Paperback – November 2, 2011
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About the Author
Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine recently signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She's a proud indie author who is living the dream.
Raine is a hopeless romantic with a background in the fields of mental health and wedding planning...two areas that intersect far more than one would think. Her years working with children and young adults with emotional and behavioral challenges inspired her to create protagonists who overcome their own conflicts. When she isn't writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida's beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.
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1. World Building
Raine Thomas does an amazing job of setting up the plane where only the Estilorians live. Her vivid descriptions help the reader visualize this unique world with total clarity, and while it has some similarities to the human plane, it is also completely different and awesome.
2. Women who are kickass
The daughters of Saraquel, Amber, Olivia, and Skye all have amazing powers and can defeat any enemy with their blessed weapons. They are all sculpted and muscular and have the ability to fly. Even when they get roughed up in battles, they emerge triumphant. The men are pretty amazing, too, but this is the ultimate series to embrace "girl power."
3. Villains you truly hate
When I read books, I want my villains to be entirely despicable, and the evil leader and minions of the Mercesti class of Estilorians encompasses everything evil required of proper villains. By the time I was knee deep into the series, I hated them with the proper intensity.
4. Believeable characters
Raine's characters are three-dimensional in thought, deed, and action. It's easy to fall in love with all of them, and they are all unique in different ways. The way the series plays out allows you to get to intimately get to know all of the main characters and many of the others, too.
5. The entire series is written by an Indie writer, proving once more there isn't only "garbage" published outside of the traditional realm.
I used to stick to the mainstream writers, favoring the works of Koontz, King, Rice, Gresham, etc., but all I've been reading in the last couple of months are terrific indie writers. I used to be in favor of traditional publishing only, but my negative perception has been changed forever. There is plenty of talent waiting to be discovered, and I am wholeheartedly pro-Indie. Raine's books helped that along, too. If you haven't read any of the books on the fantastic Estilorians, I highly recommend you do. I've read and loved every one of them
First off, I'm a big fan of a good villain. For me villains have to intrigue me to the point where I almost want to meet them and go toe to toe with them, and they are demented enough to be willing to cross any line to get what they want. The villain in this story is very much all those things, and of course to top it all off, he's pretty much a hunk, a demented hunk, but still a hunk. I don't know if I was there if I would throw myself on him or kill him. He has that effect on you. You have to rationalize that you know once you have outlived your use, he is just going to stab you through the heart and kill you. Or rape you and kill you. There is no graphic detail in these books which sort of adds to the whole mystery of just how evil he is.
Secondly, each sister I like. If I had to pick one that I didn't totally connect with at first it would have been Olivia, the lead in this book. However, once the story went on, I realized that her insecurities made me connect with her very much. I mean I am athletic like Amber and I am flighty and disorganized like Skye, but the idea that Olivia is just not sure, she had to think things out, and then she feels sort of like the odd one out and the plain one out of the sister is where I fall into place. I think she was the perfect addition to the series and I'm very glad her book came second or I think by the time book three rolled around I wouldn't have found that connection I did with her.
The storyline as a whole is in depth; it pulls you in and doesn't let you go, even at the end where you are going. "Ok, next book please!" The characters are so developed, I feel their pain, their thoughts, and how they cope with what they really are. If I had to pick one thing that I didn't totally like, was the lead male in this story. He worked so well with Olivia, but he wasn't `Alpha' enough for me. But Caleb and Gabriel are well Alpha enough for the whole Estilorian plain so I was ok with that. There needs to be just one that isn't growling in that dominant voice MINE! And James was that one for me. I mean he was protective, he was smart, he was great at combat, but he is not my favorite male. It does not diminish from the story, because once you know Olivia, you realize that he is her perfect match.
I have to say, I'm very worried about the jealousy that these woman have brought out in this race. I mean it is very real, it is believable, and I worry that it could possibly cause something chaotic, more so then it has before. And now that our villain Grolkinei has discovered the girls can get pregnant, he has a whole new plan of action "YIKES!" And as a side note, I like Angius for some reason. (He is a villain of course, what can I saw, I see raw Alpha power and I turn to goo!)