Juliet Sem began writing as a young teen to alleviate boredom she experienced in school after she wasn't allowed to skip grades. At the time, most of the major female characters in books she read were written as beautiful but useless in conflict. Juliet's first novel, The Tourney, is the result of her desire to write stories featuring strong female characters who are more than just eye candy waiting around for their men to come rescue them. She continues to read and watch fiction and is relieved that strong female lead characters are no longer the exception in books, movies, and TV shows.
She lives in Arizona with her husband and cat in addition to caring for several abandoned outdoor cats. Her hobbies include outdoor activities, fiber crafts, reading, games, and ciphers--she designed all the games and writing systems mentioned in her Union series books.
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A terrifying childhood experience left Maia with many questions regarding her Native American ancestry. After her mother's death and far from everything she knew, Maia learns that as a half-blood member of the Tiwako tribe, she is a spiritwalker and has the ability to change into animals.
Rue Soga wasn't born a princess, instead earning the title by helping her best friend defend her right to rule Sandar.
With Queen Keestu too busy to leave Sandar, it's up to Rue to travel to Autocracy Station to retrieve Keestu's translating cuff, which has information on it that can prove the existence of Rentham, the goddess known to all space-going societies.
Contested Crown is the conclusion of the Crown Princess Keestu Ranell trilogy that begins with The Tourney and continues in Crisis On Sandar.
Crisis On Sandar
Separatists have repeatedly called for Sandar to secede from the Union. When their demands aren't met, they take action, crippling Sandar's economy. To prevent panic, King Ismer secretly sends Crown Princess Keestu to buy a rare mineral from the Mining Consortium so Sandar's mints can make cash until their Registered Unit machines can be replaced.
Hand-to-hand combat will decide who takes the crown, and Crown Princess Keestu has been invited to witness The Tourney while negotiating a trade agreement between the Union and Autocracy planetary associations.
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- Star Wars: Awakening
on Jan. 02, 2013
I read Star Wars before the first movie came out, and it was my intro to reading sci-fi, and I still love the franchise. Yes, I had issues with some of the things in the prequel movies, but not nearly as much with those as I did the Zahn books, which I had great difficulty getting into due to Zahn's writing style (his adding a "y" and/or apostrophe to too many names really got on my nerves).
So while I don't wish for an entirely new prequel series, the description of this book intrigued me, and I have to say Awakening is the best fan fic I've read. The plot moves along at a good pace, the action was vividly described, and the big fight even had a surprise for me at the end, which is not something that happens to me often when reading books.
The only thing I'd recommend for the author is that he have someone edit his work to clean up the few typos I found, which I found most noticeable in the last ten percent of the book.
Overall, I am looking forward to reading more from this author, whether it's Star Wars fan fic or something entirely original, because this book was so very nicely done.