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Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of space opera
Disclosure: I received the 2nd book in this series, Priestess of the Eggstone from the LibraryThing Early Reviewer's program in exchange for an honest review. I was not aware of the fact when I started reading, and when I discovered there was a previous book, I purchased it for myself so I could read it. As a result I'm under no obligation, but am always happy to provide an honest review.
Synopsis: Dace's wants are simple - a trading ship and the freedom to fly where she chooses. But on her first trip, her crew betrays her, her ship explodes, and she finds herself stranded on Dadilan, a planet locked in a feudal age. Survival is hard enough when you have no technology or resources. It's even harder when you have drug smugglers hunting you. Dadilan is the source of shara, a drug that enhances psychic abilities, a commodity so rare and precious people will kill for it.
Trapped between rival smugglers and the Patrol undercover investigation, Dace has one hope of rescue: convincing Tayvis, the undercover agent, she's an innocent bystander. But those don't exist on Dadilan. No one lands without authorization, unless they are smuggling.
Her ignorance may cost her life.
My Thoughts: So yeah, as I say in my disclaimer, I read the 2nd book, Priestess of the Eggstone, first because I wasn't aware of this book. That will teach me to pay closer attention to these things! Since I loved the 2nd book, I knew I had to read this one.
This book is much more serious than the 2nd book. While I spent a lot of time while reading Priestess of the Eggstone laughing, this one was much more character oriented and had heavier themes. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, mind you - it was just a very different type of book. I'm impressed at the breadth of Clegg's writing abilities. It seemed to be a bit like this book was a commentary on societies like that in countries being overtaken by extremists - full of primitivism and pushing women into becoming less than human.
There was some humor more toward the end of the book, and the subplot with the researcher who thought he was Robin Hood was pretty funny. Overall I enjoyed this book almost as much as the second one, and I think most fans of space opera should enjoy it as well. Check it out.
I alternated between the Audible version and the ebook. The narration was quite good. The narrator told the story well and had a pleasant voice. I admit that I got impatient to see what was going to happen and switched to the ebook. I tend to do this often. I couldn't seem to get the Whispersync to work between the two versions but it may have been user error. I enjoyed both formats, though.
I recommend that you read this book if you are into advanced space beings clashing with an earth-like world.
abandon ship in the very beginning of this book. The
entire rest of the book is her REPEATEDLY getting
captured by bad guys. She falls in love almost instantly,
based on what? The running around getting captured could
have happened in any setting. It would have been just as
poor a story set in the past with a lost horse, or set
today lost anywhere with bad guys capturing her.
Unfortunately, I bought TWO books about this character.
I look at the next one and do not want to read it. Send
me shipping & you can have it.