Elven Gambit

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Rylae's visit to her home world of Tir Tairngire is far from a normal vacation. Strange assassins, risking her life, hiding in trees... to protect her parents, Rylae needs to quickly figure out what trouble her childhood friend brought back home with her, and how to keep it from burning down everything around her. More
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About S T Xavier

S T Xavier is a new writer whose desire to combine his favorite things - stories, magic, spaceships, and the voices in his head - has coalesced into his first novels in the sci-fi/fantasy realm. His characters have a story to tell, and he’s obligated to tell it until that contract with the red horned guy expires. He is a practicing computer geek, avid collector of fantasy art, amateur player of decent video games, and voracious devourer of stories. He currently lives in Charleston, SC with his three cats and the numerous voices that occasionally let him sleep.

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About the Series: The Ugly Dirt Box Universe
The "Ugly Dirt Box" is the affectionate nickname for magic-powered starships created by the United Corps of Starfield Travelers (UCST). The UCST, based on Terra, uses many Ugly Dirt Boxes to manage message delivery, trade, and diplomatic connections between the many worlds inhabited by elves, dwarves, goblins, and other races.

When a ship is docked on-world, it looks a lot like someone built a fifth-century dwarven feasting hall in the middle of a bunch of modern government buildings and warehouses, but with less character than an actual feasting hall.

The Ugly Dirt Box Universe is 'modernized fantasy' - a 'magitech' environment created when a standard high-fantasy realm of magic-using creatures reached a technological breakthrough, causing the organic development of magic-based technology to allow them to travel the starfield. After ten thousand years of development, many worlds are inhabited, many different types of technology have been invented, and millions of folk live in individual variants of 'peace and prosperity' (meaning there are still lots of fights).

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James Jenkins reviewed on Sep. 22, 2018

Engaging story and plot line. There are a few minor "that does not seem exactly plausible" many of them are cleared up near the end of the book.

I read the first book a couple years ago, then stumbled across the other two recently and started reading.

This book stands alone well.

There is a strong lesbian romance (PG rated) as significant part of the story line.
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rmh8402 reviewed on Sep. 10, 2014

After the mission on Stenchstone, everyone is changed. So it is probably a good thing they are sidelined for a while because of an overcharged battery. They could all use a break.
Since she is going to be onworld for a while, Rylae decides to contact her parents. While communicating with her mother she receives bad news-her childhood best friend is back. She knows there is only one reason Saeralyn is back and staying with Rylae's parents...she needs help. Rylae hasn't spoken to her in years but she knows one thing: if she wants to protect her parents she has to help Saeralyn.

ST Xavier has done it again!! A worthy successor of Rylae's Storm, he has brought us new characters and new worlds to fall in love with. The writing keeps getting better, and if you enjoyed the first book you will definitely love this one! I am even more hooked and already waiting impatiently for the third book!!!
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
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