- Series: Star World Frontier
- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: Susan Grant (May 27, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1940200288
- ISBN-13: 978-1940200286
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,303,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Champion of Barésh (Star World Frontier) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 27, 2016
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"Klark and Jemm have amazing chemistry but the senses they use during bajha allows these two to connect on a emotional level in a unique way." --P Leslie, Goodreads
"Where were books like this when I was growing up? Little girls of my day that wanted adventurous reads had to settle for male heroes--not that there's anything wrong with heroes--but it would have been nice to see the girl save the day now and again." -- Christine, Goodreads
"Wow, this book really took me by storm. [...] The Champion of Barésh is not a story to be missed. This is a true gem of the Sci-fi and Adventure genres." --MC, Goodreads
"I've always thought of Ms. Grant's writing as sophisticated and that her characters are mature, good, and heroic despite their flaws - people you would actually want to know, if they existed! In her latest story, she does not disappoint! This is sci-fi romance at its best." Starfall, Goodreads
"Susan Grant breathes life into her characters, and develops them to connect to the reader. They evoke emotion and before long you are invested wanting to know more about this vast universe she's created." --Jennifer, Goodreads
"Pairing up a gutsy heroine with a hero struggling with self doubt worked beautifully. [...] I'm not really sure who saves who here but I was entertained by these likable characters." --Marta, Goodreads
"Champion of Barésh represents a new phase for Susan Grant--not because it begins a new series, and not because it shows Grant's return to writing after too many years off. Rather, it's a new style of writing. Oh yes, it's familiar in tone and atmosphere, but the writing itself seems better, her characters more developed, her stories both simpler and yet more compelling." --KJ, Goodreads
"Without revealing any spoilers, I will just say that this story was inspiring to me as a woman and a heartening reminder to women and girls the world-over to never stop dreaming and never stop trying!" --Starfall, Goodreads
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Synopsis: On a mining colony, a dirt poor mid-20s girl in desperation disguises herself as a male and fights in a street version of a galactic wide blindfolded martial arts contest called Baresh. She's a champion through and through. Her father taught her since she was practically in diapers, so she soon wins every match she faces. She catches the eye of a Royal who is casting about for a way to re-claim his peers esteem. The Royal is a team owner and he recruits Jemm believing her to be a male player of unparalleled talent. You can imagine the rest of the story, it is a romance after all.
Opinion: This is a lovely romance! It's a wonderful sci-fi novel! No magic garbage to clutter up a beautiful story. Susan Grant is a masterful story teller and is one of the most talented writers ever. One of my favorite scenes was when the Royal took Jemm out flying. He showed her a field where the flowers all resembled flutes and played a beautiful wild music over the secluded glade.
I really recommend you read the Star King, then the Star Prince and the Star Princess. They are wonderful books that are part of this story. As a matter of fact, the first romance novel I ever read was the Star King. I'm quite glad that I embarked into the genre with such a perfect book. This book is almost as good, and as I said, it's like Christmas morning when I got something I really wanted but didn't know I wanted it. That's what reading this book was to me. I hope she writes more and more!
Tick box 1: Science fiction, tick box 2: Great characters, tick box 3: Hot factor, tick box 4: length of book, I could keep doing this all night, but I won't.
I have only read a couple of Susan's books prior to this one, but not for some time and the closest thing I can say about this story, may even have to throw in awesome as well. Jemm our lead female is about to put the entire Star Worlds on its ear and Klark is there to help her even before her secret caused waves. Change can take a long time to take effect or it can only take 2 special people to start the ball rolling. Now that I know what I've been missing out on, it's time to make Amazon happy and my bank account not so happy, as I have a new author with several books that I just have to read. I really look forward to seeing the next book in this series soon (hopefully).
I love the strong female characters in Susan's books, and Jemm does not disappoint. She grabs onto her dream with a gritty determination, a willingness to do what it takes to be the best she can be, and a noble goal to pull her family out of poverty.
One reason this is such a believable character may be because Susan writes what she knows. A former Air Force pilot and instructor, and now an officer for a major U.S. airline, Susan is, herself, a strong woman with gritty determination. That knowledge base serves her well, both in her character development and her world building. The Champion of Barésh has characters you love to love (and hate!) as well as detailed and vividly varied environments.
I was reminded of the multiple Academy Award winning "Million Dollar Baby" when reading this. It's a tale of an underdog who reaches the top against all odds - including the all-too-real glass ceiling. It's a book with a heroine that any woman who has dreams of her own can identify with and find herself cheering for.
It's a fun, engrossing read - and I simply couldn't out it down.
Well done, and I can't wait for the next in this new series!
I liked the light reference to Earth worked into the story. Earth, and it's place in this world, was woven in seamlessly with sufficient context to appreciate but it wasn't central to the storyline. My poor memory would have welcomed just a bit more on backstory of Klark's previous transgression from Star Series, as its been 3 years since I've read the series-reminding me to do so again as I loved that series. I was happy to see Susan building on these worlds and various families in this new series. I am actually excited about rereading the Star series again, something I rarely take the time to do because my unread reading list is long.
Highly recommend the Star Series and my personal favorites, Legend of Banzai Maguire (2176 Book #1) & Empress Scarlet by Susan Grant.
I haven't read a book by Susan that I didn't absolutely enjoy. Her books are consistently well-written, descriptive and thoughtful. There are sensual scenes but they are generally far from the graphic (often vulgar) content found in many books in the genre that lack any meaningful substance. A few minor proofreading errors that were easily overlooked.
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