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Loved it! 😍

A well thought out science fiction story, featuring a lot of strong female characters

Janet Swan creates an interesting species in this book, and I loved how the female characters were portrayed. After all, who doesn’t want to be taken in and welcomed by a race who value women and even allow them to take several husbands? But seriously, it was a refreshing change to read a well-written science fiction book by a woman — and one where women aren’t treated like pieces of meat.

One thing that bothered me slightly was the personality of the main character, Greer. She learns she can never go home and is obviously upset and plans to escape. That much was believable. However (without giving away too much) she later forgives someone for almost killing her and is always seems to be looking after everyone, never complaining. I would have liked to see her struggle a little more with forgiveness, and be a little more human. Everyone gets annoyed sometimes. She seemed too perfect.

Also, maybe it was just me, but everyone seemed obsessed with gathering pine-cones. I’m not sure what that was all about. Maybe it was explained and I missed the significance?

I didn’t completely understand how the romance developed between Greer and her two husbands. The author shows the first time she gets together with one of them, and her agreeing to marry the second. But I felt like I wasn’t shown how Greer’s feelings developed from friendship into something more, making me feel like it was all a bit forced, especially as she wasn’t sure about one of them earlier in the book. People can change their minds and feelings can develop, but I don’t feel like this was shown here.

I realise my last few points make it sound I’m been critical of the book, but that’s only because the rest of the book was imaginative and well thought out, so I feel like these few minor points let the book down a little.

Other than that, the book was enjoyable to read. I feel like I know the Zakota people better after reading this first book, and as several new characters were introduced further into the book, I’d be interested to read the next book in the series and find out where the author takes the story and develops those characters.

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Amanda Steel is a multi-genre author who has just completed her Creative Writing MA. She regularly performs her work at open mic nights around Manchester (UK).
Some of her current projects include a book review podcast and a literary magazine.

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About the author

Janet Swan is an author, retired compliance manager, mother, grandmother, and animal and nature enthusiast. Janet has a vivid imagination and loves to tell stories. She has a natural psychic ability, and sometimes her stories are formed by dreams or communication with the other side. view profile

Published on November 09, 2020

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70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

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Genre: Science Fiction

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