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- Publication Date: August 4, 2016
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- Language: English
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Shield of Drani (World of Drani Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The heroine Taymar acts impulsively and aggressively when her freedom is threatened, yet she's also smart and able to extract herself from sticky situations. The lifetime of enslavement to the Dran, and indeed countless generations of her people's enslavement, is evident in her visceral reactions. It's easy to identify with her anger. It will be interesting to see how she (perhaps) overcomes it as the series progresses.
The psionic talents of both races are well-drawn and interesting to observe in action. They follow rules and have inherent limitations, so feel plausibly self-consistent.
Minor editing issues detracted from an otherwise smooth flow. I would have liked to see the various factions portrayed in more detail. I only have a superficial feeling for some of them. Hopefully, we'll get a fuller picture in the following novel.
Promising start to the World of Drani!
The Alliance and the Shreet each want to dominate Dran and claim its resources.The Dran and the Arlele want to remain free.
Taymar, an Arlele, is telekinetic, telepathic, angry and deadly. The Dran want to control her. Nevvis, a Dran and high-tech telepath, is supposed to be managing Taymar and a planet on the verge of war with the Shreet. The story was interesting, but slow to get into due to several alien cultures and their agenda being introduced - each with alien features and some particular language. The holiday chaos plus shifting points of view made the story easy to put aside. The plot eventually started to interest me when the Shreet captured Taymar. The Dran then worried that, "With well-placed questions, even an empath could learn too much about our technology, our society, our limitations, our weaknesses." Thus, Taymar had to be found.
The majority of the story is about getting Taymar back and understanding her abilities as well as why anger and hostility seem to be her 'go to' emotions. While I believe that a good cause is worth fighting for, her perpetual desire to fight wasn't something I generally look for in a heroine.
Nevvis also made a questionable hero - for me - because while he had many fine qualities, he seemed to be stuck in a pattern of thought/action when it came to Taymar. Thus, in many ways, he would treat her more like a disobedient animal than a thinking/feeling human.
Despite the plethora of confusing cultures and shifting settings, I look forward to seeing how this series progresses.
By using several points of view we get to see many parts of this well thought out universe and the various peoples that inhabit it, while making you care about them.
As the title is Shield of Drani (World of Drani Book 1) it was apparent before opening it that there is more to come, and I can not wait to see what happens in book 2.
The world building in this book is quite good but so many made up terms, titles, and words are just not explained so you often do not know is the word the title of an alien, it's name, it's species etc. This is one that really needs a dictionary of alien words to help the reader.
It takes a long way into the book to work out who are good guys and who are bad then at the end a plot development throws all that out the window. I can't recommend this one and am not bothering with book two.
Taymar is a complex character- she's smart, tough and has a knack for getting herself into and out of sticky situations. As a dual-talent Arlele, she has people that want her dead, people that want her enslaved, and people that want her to help them take over the world. She has some tough choices to make and the ending made me really want to get started on the next book.
I recommend this book to people who like sic-fi or want to try it out for the first time. Great job.