- File Size: 3123 KB
- Print Length: 596 pages
- Publisher: Stephenson & Fletcher; 1 edition (February 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 1, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N9S3ZVI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,834 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
ThunderClaw (Alien Warrior Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The third wheel, the Commander, becomes first wheel, and Thunderclaw's spark just fizzles. Add one selfish subhuman and the whole thing becomes a hot mess. The writer tried to fix it, but the damage was done. She would have had to rewrite the whole book. So there is a lot of excuses as to why the little human is so broken.
There were a lot of spelling and grammatical errors. So much so that it makes for a jerky read. But like you, I waited two years for this book. No way am I telling you to skip this one. Just hold on for the ride. And hope the next book makes up for this one.
*It really needed more editing. There were passages where I was flat out confused as to what was happening and who was saying what, and who was who. There were far too many new characters introduced too quickly and it was hard to keep up. It took me half the book to figure out which cousin had the nickname "Trick", for example, because half the book he was called by his actual name.
*Then, the author threw in almost All the characters from the previous book on top of a whole cast of new characters. They could have come in much later and it would have been a more streamlined story.
*The main female protagonist, Sinad, gave in way too easily to leaving Earth and accepting aliens. Her responses didn't ring true for me.
*I really, really don't need political commentary in my smut. I had an issue with this in the first book when the author starts going on about how Western Civilization isn't "civilized". How she came to that conclusion when she was just rescued from a slave mine where males threatened to rape and then EAT their victims, I have no idea. We might not be perfect but last I checked, most males don't engage in gladiator-style death matches over women then rape and eat them. Did the main character learn nothing from what she'd seen? Travel is supposed to Expand the mind. Then, in this book, we get a diatribe from the same character about how she's "free" now and how horrible it was on Earth. I get it. There are social injustices. However, some pages later there's a massive, Sanctioned Slave auction of "lesser" species that is legal on hundreds of worlds, and since said character was living on a planet that didn't allow outsiders At All (no immigration)...one would think the author would have a greater appreciation for the freedoms and equality of Earth. But she doesn't. Western civilization is Horrible, disgusting and uncivilized and she'd never want to live anywhere else except a galaxy....where she's threatened by horrible, murderous species who engage in slavery, rape, eating people, there's a huge Trump wall around the planet the character claims is so much better and....I was flabbergasted I had to listen to a lecture from the character on how Bad Western Civilization is while she's hypocritically living in a Far FAR more uncivilized area of the universe. In a novel that's supposed to be about smut and romance. If you want to write a book on social injustice, do it, but don't do it in my smut. The two should never meet.
*At the end of the book, there's an excerpt for the next book which involves a new species that enslaves women from birth, buys them, rapes them until they conceive and then kills them the moment the child is born. Apparently, this new species will be the subject of the next book and the "hero" of the book Their Leader. No Thanks. The hypocrisy of the author is just too much now. You can't, on the one hand, preach to me about social justice and how bad Western Civilization is, then turn around and make me believe a male who promoted such a culture, was their Leader, enforced those laws....is suddenly redeemable. There is no redemption for such acts. If she'd used the other character in this book, how he'd come to actually see women as sentient beings due to meeting the two females from Earth in THIS book...it might have played. But their Supreme Leader doesn't get to have that sympathy and isn't redeemable and it's disgusting to use such a character and insane to think he could ever be a likable protagonist.
Other than these issues, I was enjoying the story and I did enjoy a lot of the characters, such as Eirik and Beowyn....the kid was actually cute and not annoying, and a few times I laughed. So three stars are all I can bear to give and be fair. I will not be purchasing the next book.
Patrick is a new favorite as well as Wulfyn.
I particularly loved everything between and including the 'date' and the 'welcome dinner'.
Fergie and Fergus are a treat, I would love to see more of the interaction between Venomous and Fergus.
I was a little taken aback by how 'hard' it was for Beowyn, Sine, and Eorick to come together. There were so many walls that it hurt. I cannot wait to see how they have progressed in the next novel.
The previews of the next novel scare me.
I believe in redemption but how do you redeem a society of males that have systematically destroyed nearly every female of the race?
The matriarchy must have been corrupt and abusive to engender that kind of hatred.
This author is on my favorites shelf!