Royal Obsession (Shadow Assassins 1)

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Shadow Assassins, radical separatists created at the onset of the Great Conflict, have been made obsolete by years of peace. They live in their subterranean Shadow Maze and only emerge when it’s time to breed. For Varrik, the current commander, that time is now. More
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Words: 57,000
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301894352
About Cyndi Friberg

Anything-but-Ordinary is Cyndi's creed and her writing reflects her dedication to the concept. She writes in a variety of genres, but she seems happiest in outer space. Her books have been nominated for numerous awards, and TAKEN BY STORM was named Best Fantasy/Science Fiction Romance of the year by Romance Reviews Today.

She lives in Colorado with her high school sweetheart turned husband of many years. With a pampered cat curled on the corner of her desk, she dreams of fascinating words and larger than life adventures -- and wouldn't have it any other way!

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Review by: muggenhor on June 07, 2014 :
If you're expecting porn, which given the covers of the 'Shadow Assasins' series I guess one should expect, then you'll get exactly what you're expecting. Unfortunately just like the film-variety of porn there's not much substance to the story itself. Most of the non-erotic scenes mostly read like a plot device to bring the lead characters together to have sex.

As for this being labeled as Science Fiction: it's not, it's Fantasy clear as day.

Sure the terminology used borrows from stories that are science fiction, sure a society supposedly in a future time is described on a non-Earth planet, there are even references to space travel and technology. None of that makes this Science Fiction as these facts are hardly used in the story itself. Everything revolves around magic, referred to as "Mystic abilities" wielded by "Mystics" some of whom happen to live in "Mystic valley". All of those references to "Mystics" are given in the first few paragraphs of chapter one, clearly marking this story as Fantasy.

Don't get me wrong there's not much wrong with Fantasy. But labeling a story as SF creates expectations, that this story failed to meet. Though truth be told I wouldn't have liked this story if it were labeled Fantasy either, because of every non-erotic scene reading as filler material to connect the erotic scenes.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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