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on Jan. 22, 2013 :
Though I am not a fan of Sci-Fi, I found myself intrigued with the main characters, Kala and the somewhat cynic Yatrell. Kala’s psyionic abilities and inner strength made her “must be loved” character. From slave girl just discovering the extent of her power to a powerful military weapon, Kala intrigues the reader. All the while, the twists and turns lure you farther in and keep you wanting more.
The worlds in which the book takes place and the technology posed an issue for me. This is in no way a bad thing. As someone who does not read the genre, I was simply muddling through the deeply detailed and vivid descriptions. Once I took the time to really look at what I was reading, everything came together nicely.
If you are a Sci-Fi fan, I highly recommend this book. If you are not a fan of the genre but you want to start investigating what it has to offer, I highly recommend this book.
(review of free book)
on July 15, 2012 :
I give it 5 stars. This book was a great read! I love stories of psionic abilities. Unlike many of the people who review here, I am not a word smith and I do not have the skills to express all the reasons I enjoyed the book. Suffice it to say, I'm waiting for the next installment of the series, I want to know what happens next!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Feb. 25, 2012 :
4 1/2 Stars, Really.
I had the honour of beta reading "Xarrok", prior to publication. As a fan of Sci-fi. and Fantasy fiction, I was looking forward to the beginning of a new series, and I wasn't disappointed.
The story is richly woven and carefully detailed. I was immediately drawn into the story by Kala, the Xenonian slave girl, with rare and powerful psionic abilities. I became her cheerleader as her skills were honed to make her a weapon for the military, and she struggled with her reluctance to cause harm, even to the enemy. I was intrigued by Yatrell, the hardened Dentonian warrior, who unwittingly becomes Kala's friend and confidante, across light years.
(reviewed long after purchase)