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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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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yvonne yap reviewed on 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)
Mark Sloan reviewed on 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)
Vanessa Finaughty reviewed on 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)
Kat Jen reviewed on on April 5, 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)
Ronald Bell reviewed on 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)
Busy Willow reviewed on on Feb. 1, 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)
ticup reviewed on on Oct. 7, 2011

Great book!! Ms. Southwell, you have a great imagination! Thoroughly enjoyed your work.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Chris Wright reviewed on 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)
David Thompson reviewed on on Sep. 12, 2011

I enjoyed this as well as the first book. Minor grammatical errors slightly annoying.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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