Slave Empire - The Crystal Ship

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Rayne dreads the coming of the Crystal Ship and the legendary monster it bears. An Envoy destroyed a world once before, an almost forgotten event. One man, whose life the creature ruined, remembers. The mysterious Shrike has built the Slave Empire on blood and tears, and Rayne must have his help if she is to defeat the Envoy. The battle to protect her will bring three empires to the brink of war.

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Words: 67,560
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458034694
About T C Southwell

T. C. Southwell was born in Sri Lanka and moved to the Seychelles when she was a baby. She spent her formative years exploring the islands – mostly alone. Naturally, her imagination flourished and she developed a keen love of other worlds. The family travelled through Europe and Africa and, after the death of her father, settled in South Africa.

T. C. Southwell has written over thirty fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as five screenplays. Her hobbies include motorcycling, horse riding and art, and she is now a full-time writer.

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Review by: yvonne yap on April 21, 2015 :
It's an exciting read but too heavy duty on the romance side...not much character development for other character except for the two main one. Am wondering if I should get the third one...the Shrike's secret seems to be used as a carrot to us donkeys...err..I mean readers..
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Mark Sloan on June 30, 2014 :
A good follow up from the first book. I was a bit put off by the fuzzy non-narrative when the crystal ship was introduced, but all in all a good read. I'm buying the next one.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: Vanessa Finaughty on May 22, 2013 :
Yet another excellent offering from TC Southwell. I’ve yet to be disappointed in any of this author’s books. Note: if you haven’t read Book 1 in this series, it’s advisable, as the story follows on from Book 1 and might not make complete sense unless you’ve read the series from the start.

The golden child of prophecy, Rayne, is anxious about the prophesised coming of the Crystal Ship and its evil inhabitant, the Envoy, which has destroyed an entire world in the distant past. It’s said that Rayne can prevent this catastrophe from occurring again, but she has no idea how. The mysterious Shrike can help her, but he, too, isn’t sure how.

Southwell had done a remarkable job of creating a realistic world of boundless intricacies with characters we can all relate to and sympathise with. Science fiction lovers will want to sink their teeth into this entire series, and you will, no doubt, be tempted to start another of this author’s series once you’ve completed this one (I recommend The Cyber Chronicles for a brilliant mix of sci-fi and fantasy).
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)

Review by: Kat Jen on April 05, 2012 :
enjoyed the whole series. It is in my opinion the best one out of all her series. I got lost on the cyborg one at book 5 and I can't really get through the demon book 3 one.
This Series however is very good. Its perfect in being a trilogy. I loved how convoluted the romance aspect was, and how the selfaware ships was a great addition. Reminded me of the GSV ships in the Culture novels by Ian M. Banks.

One detraction is how the atlantians the race that intially saves the protagonists, go from being somewhat annoying to almost abominably evil in their ignorance through the course of the story arc. That felt a little over the top. I do prefer when this author keeps her evil slightly within the grey area, so that it doesnt become so easily identifiable. Also, it did feel a little like the ending was rushed in that aspect, simply because making them more one-sided was an easy way to get past that part of the plot.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Ronald Bell on Feb. 17, 2012 :
RR Bell Feb 17 2012
Excellent book, the writer keeps you on the edge of your set and wanting more. Hard to put down. Liked it and the other of the series.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Busy Willow on Feb. 01, 2012 :
I loved all three books of the trilogy. What imagery! Parts of the book just wore me out with worry, especially the ship battle. I loved the character, "The Shrike". What an engrossing story.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: ticup on Oct. 07, 2011 :
Great book!! Ms. Southwell, you have a great imagination! Thoroughly enjoyed your work.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Chris Wright on Sep. 22, 2011 :
I enjoyed this entire series immensly, purchasing Slave Empire and Shrike III immediately after reading the Crystal Ship for free. I was glued to the pages just as am when reading Anne McAffrey's books. Some minor grammatical errors that I hope are corrected in the print version.
(reviewed 55 days after purchase)

Review by: David Thompson on Sep. 12, 2011 :
I enjoyed this as well as the first book. Minor grammatical errors slightly annoying.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Robert on Aug. 07, 2011 :
Well written always something new going on and pace is kept up throughout the book
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Nanette on July 19, 2011 :
I've found this series (Slave Empire - I've read the first two) a little different from the other books. It seems more scifi, I guess, than... whatever genre the others fall into. I wasn't fond of it.

The writing is, as always, very good, and lots of what should no doubt be exciting things happen, but there is little interaction between the two main characters. What there is a lot of is interminable descriptions of ships and weapons outer spacey stuff and probably other stuff, too, that I just don't remember. Or that I skipped over. The underlying story is interesting but... well, maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this sort of presentation of it, or something.

But then, the first book was setting things up so I went ahead and bought the second book -- where, again, there was little interaction between the main characters and lots and lots of describing of the innards of a living ship. And other stuff. A lot of which I skipped over. Real interaction between the two main characters comes only at the end of the second book and then, whoops! It's time to buy the third. I'm not going to, though.

For the first time, ever, reading a TC Southwell book, I was bored! Gasp.

Others found this series fascinating, as the reviews will attest, but if you are looking to get delightfully ensnared in Ms. Southwell's web of "gotta keep reading, have to know, oh my gosh I love these characters, where is the next book!?" type of reading experience, I would go for one of the other series of books.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Opal Mist on June 03, 2011 :
A brilliant story. I love this entire series and will definately try to get it in paper back so I can reread it without the need of a computer. I struggled not to cry in this second book, it was so moving. I can't praise this series enough. Loved it.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Lasce Cale on May 11, 2011 :
loved the trilogy. loved the way she played out the heroine and the hero. Shrike sounds cold-hearted but has an amazing story. (If you can't tell, he was my favorite character.) Just wish more of these books were free :)
T C Southwell has to be one of my new favorite authors. Anytime I find a "free" book by her, I download it. Of course, I bought the trilogy. Can't stand not having a set!
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)

Review by: Robinah Nayiga on April 25, 2011 : (no rating)
loved it can't wait for the next book to come out
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jala Neufeld on April 24, 2011 : (no rating)
Couldn't put the book down!!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Maria Sokolova on April 15, 2011 :
Wonderful! I admire the writers' imagination!And as a woman, knows how to touch the womans' heart!Amazing!!!!!Congratulations!

I mean the whole trilogy.After reading the first part I was eager to read the other two.I intend to read as much of her books as I can.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Jan on April 05, 2011 :
I loved these books, so on the edge of your seat, can't wait for more
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Robyn Dowley on March 22, 2011 : (no rating)
Enjoyed all the books I have from this site thank you
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: nader henry on March 10, 2011 :
My reviews are very simple, I either like the book and recommend it or I don't.
I like the book and recommend it. the author is at par with my favorite Sci-fi authors (David Weber, Anne McCaffrey, David Drake) to name a few.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Luna Larios on March 08, 2011 :
great book.. loved it as much or maybe more than the first..! when is the next one out? i would love to read it.!
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)

Review by: ryyath on Feb. 27, 2011 :
Intriguing story so far, well written and enjoyable. I can't wait for the next one.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: kelley rogers on Jan. 12, 2011 :
This was a great read. I have enjoyed this series so far, just waiting on the next book to come out.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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