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Gravitas: Valkyrie in the Forbidden Zone (Gravitas: Valkyries) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 2, 2015
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About the Author
Lynne Murray lives in San Francisco. When not writing or reading (and sometimes even while writing or reading), she spends a lot of time staring at the ocean and happily indulging a small group of formerly feral cats, all of whom were rescued and who daily return the favor. Her other published books include: The Falstaff Vampire Files, The Bride of the Living Dead (a romantic comedy for women who love monster movies too much) and four books in the mystery series featuring Josephine Fuller, sleuth of size who doesn’t apologize.
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While making a trip to transport a shipment of “Gravitas,” a powerful aphrodisiac within the Ritual Jewelry that the powerful women of the planet Valkyries wear, she and her companions stop at a market, where, to her horror, she finds her first (and favorite) husband Josu, chained and being offered for sale. Determined to find out the truth about what happened to Josu, she enters a ritualistic meditation state to conjure up the three (very interesting and diverse) “demons” who live in her head. When her meditation is interrupted by Gelbraves, a loutish delegate from a rival planet, they both, along with Josu, fall into a portal that makes them crash-land in the Forbidden Zone (known to us as “Earth.”).
One of my favorite parts of this novel is the witty dialogue. Although Sybil’s clueless culture shock is endearing, she turns out to be confident and resourceful as she attempts to figure out a way to return to Valkyries before the load of Gravitas that she is still carrying overwhelms her to the point that she can’t focus. I will have to add that the effect of the Gravitas on Sybil’s mental state is a tad underplayed, but readers will get that it is slowly having a debilitating effect on her and especially her “demons,” who are still trapped in her mind.
Valkyries is a matriarchal society. Women hold the positions of power. The women of Valkyries are polyandrous; they are not only encouraged but expected to have multiple husbands (even though Sybil briefly hints that she would prefer a monogamous marriage with Josu).Although Gravitas does have a feminist theme, this theme is presented very matter-of-factly so it’s not “in-your-face” and doesn’t appear to have a hidden agenda.
I give this book five stars. A+ for character development, A for plot development, and A+ for plot flow. A highly recommended read.
High art? Bah to high art. What it is is a classic of its kind.
"Gravitas: Valkyrie in the Forbidden Zone" reminded me of one of those slightly campy slightly sexy 1960 pseudo-sci-fi flicks; the ones with the quasi-futuristic clothes and design ascetics based on the colour orange.
Gravitas (it's a first name basis kind of book) was a good-time of a read, entertaining, effortless, satisfying, clever too. It was like the 1968 film Barbarella - but without the evil.
A book to put a smile on your face. Others will laugh out loud at the funny parts. I didn't; I've got discipline. I did laughed though; inwardly, where it counts.
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