- File Size: 5747 KB
- Print Length: 313 pages
- Publisher: NineStar Press (August 7, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 7, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07415HPXS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Fantastic world building. There is a wonderful eye to detail. I would love to visit Zereid. Their empathetic culture is amazing. I also wouldn't mind learning the art of Zezjna. And I most certainly do not wish to visit the Shontavian Market - although I loved the Shontavian's desire to see the stars.
The characters were all interesting and most had real depth. Gor kind of stole the show when he was on page. The new Lord Rhix was flawed but I couldn't help liking him. A lot. I went back and reread about a third of the book because the first time I was absorbed in names, species, politics, intrigue, and Dali got lost somewhere in the noise. Second time's a charm as I felt more in touch with their grief and their kind and brave actions. I am looking forward to when Dali isn't so raw, because at times the diplomat and the grieving Dali could be at arm's length, putting other people above their needs or desires or self-thoughts. Rion Sumner still has to fully develop as well, and he's also another who's intriguing.
While I'm unsure if this book will have a follow up, and it can be read purely as it is, I'm assuming there will be another book because there are certain threads left in stasis. Just waiting.
If you are interested in an LGBTQI sci-fi book with covert action, politics, psychology - because grief plays a significant part of this book, on multiple layers - then this is a very well written book.
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Dalí Tamareia has everything—a young family and a promising career as an Ambassador in the Sol Fed Diplomatic Corps. Dalí’s path as a peacemaker seems clear, but when their loved ones are killed in a terrorist attack, grief sends the genderfluid changeling into a spiral of self-destruction.
Fragile Sol Fed balances on the brink of war with a plundering alien race. Their skills with galactic relations are desperately needed to broker a protective alliance, but in mourning, Dalí no longer cares, seeking oblivion at the bottom of a bottle, in the arms of a faceless lover, or at the end of a knife.
The New Puritan Movement is rising to power within the government, preaching strict genetic counseling and galactic isolation to ensure survival of the endangered human race. Third gender citizens like Dalí don’t fit the mold of this perfect plan, and the NPM will stop at nothing to make their vision become reality. When Dalí stumbles into a plot threatening changelings like them, a shadow organization called the Penumbra recruits them for a rescue mission full of danger, sex, and intrigue, giving Dalí purpose again.
Risky liaisons with a sexy, charismatic pirate lord could be Dalí’s undoing—and the only way to prevent another deadly act of domestic terrorism.
"Dalí" was simply and utterly brilliant. I loved every single second of it. It's no secret that I'm a lover of SciFi books and I'm glad I started reading space operas a while ago. Otherwise I might have missed out on this seriously amazing book and that would have been a real shame.
The set-up is intriguing. Dalí is a third gender changeling. Essentially, they're the epidome of genderfluid. Their body can actually change to become male or female. Or they can stay in their neutral state, where they're neither. For a big part of the book, Dalí leans toward female, for reasons I fully understood. And the idea of changing genders was only the beginning. The author took great care to create a truly fascinating world, full of little details that showed how much care went into creating this setting. The world building was extremely well done and it all felt so natural.
I absolutely loved Dalí right from the beginning. I felt their grief and loss and suffered through their self-destruction with them. It was breathtaking and felt so very genuine it made my heart ache. Dalí is a tough person, but that doesn't mean they don't feel fear or pain or grief or doubt.
Now, I've always had a thing for the antagonists/villains in books and movies. And E.M. Hamill did a great job of creating a villain the way I like. He's not completely and utterly evil. His actions actually made sense, in a cruel, twisted kind of way. And the tension between him and Dalí was absolutely sizzling.
Speaking of sizzling: The sex scenes were smoking hot. Incredibly erotic, without being overly detailed. Dalí's unique body made the whole experience even hotter for me. But the sex wasn't just there to get the reader hot and bothered, it always furthered the plot. The balance between hot smut and essential plot device was perfect.
There's so much going on in this book, with so many unexpected twists and turns, it left me completely unable to put down the book. It was full of action and suspense, but also full of feelings. There were more quiet parts of the book, but those were just as addicting as the fast-moving spy parts.
Another thing I loved about this book was how diverse it was. There are so many different types of relationships and genders portrayed. It always felt completely natural to have such diverse characters. The author didn't get lost in unnecessary terms or explanations, the characters were just there.
Although this book is set in the distant future and the world as we know it no longer exists, the plot touched on many issues we're facing right now as well. There's terrorism, human trafficking, drugs, religious extremism, gender identity and so on. It's not easy to make a space opera feel like it deals with problems of our day and age.
Every lover of good SciFi with a bit of Erotic thrown in should read "Dalí". I, for one, enjoyed every single second of it and I really, really hope there will be a second part sometime soon. You'll love it too, trust me.
I like the cover by Natasha Snow. The colours are gorgeous and the space ship looks great. The young man's face spoils the otherwise great cover a little. I think it would have looked even better without any human on it.
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