Review by Riley
About Breeder Slave
He was her salvation…or her destruction.
The galactic war between the Chiagan-Se and the treacherous Deg’Nara wages on. The human females Leah and the Irish lass Moira are captured and then abandoned, forced to fend for themselves on a barren planet light years from all they know. Their only hope is Sulas, a fugitive breeder slave, who wants nothing to do with them. Survival is chancy at best, but together, the three embark on a perilous journey to rejoin the Chiagan-Se rebels. But can they survive?
Review of Breeder Slave
Breeder Slave is a book of non-stop action with galactic warfare and romance with a variety of characters from Earth and from beyond.
In Breeder Slave, the setting is well established. A group of human woman, abducted from Earth to become chalices (mates), have worked their way into Chiagan-Se society in a variety of capacities. Meanwhile the war with the Deg’Nara goes on. At the beginning of Breeder Slave, two humans have just escaped the Deg’Nara,
The setting is great – a desolate planet that will require every survival skill that Leah and Moira possess. And lets face it, they will also need the skills of Sulas, the escaped breeder slave they meet up with. In truth, Leah is a bit of a whiner and Moira is a cry-baby and neither is cut out for survival life. Sulas is untrusting, but is unable to leave them to their fate so a tenuous relationship is formed. On the surface, the three very different people should not really work well together – and sometimes they don’t. But Leah and Sulas will find a way to get along – they have to – there is this attraction thing going on. I see them as a great couple. Both are difficult to get along with, so when they work things out, the heat is on!
They face the Deg’Nara. A nastier group of bad guys you will be hard pressed to find. These are not bad guys with some superior intellect or devious plan. They are malicious, mean, violent, and without a moral bone in their bodies. Perhaps this is a bit overdone, but on the other hand, it makes it really fun to boo the evil Deg’Nara. Basically they are trying to take over the universe and everyone that is not them should be dead or be their slave.
About half-way through the story, new characters are added, including a human that has risen through the Chiagan-Se ranks to become captain of her own ship. Captain Amber Racehorse is hard-headed, tough and takes absolutely no crap. I loved her! She and pilot Eschel add interest and depth to the story and eventually take the struggle from the planet to a climatic battle in space.
I’m not crazy about the title of Breeder Slave. You have to read the book to understand where it comes from. The reason I don’t care for it is that it has connotations that are such a very small part of the story. The title does not really reflect the action and most of the characters in the book. Ignoring the title, I really enjoyed this story.
The author provided a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review. She also sent The Chalice, recommending I read that one to know the background for Breeder Slave. I am glad she did, though I think you could also enjoy Breeder Slave without reading The Chalice first.
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