start of a series about interstellar empires and a primitive culture. Engaging heroine.
Strange fantasy mixture with space ships and strange w
worlds. not to my taste.
This was a random grab off a used bookstore shelf but I ended up really enjoying it! The story, except for the very beginning, is confined to a single planet so there's less straight sci-fi than I anticipated, but there's still the presence of aliens. It's written in a pretty anthropological style similar to Ursula LeGuin which made it right up my alley. There were some questionable gender politics at times, but they ended up turning into pretty bad-ass gender politics and the female protagonist was fantastic. I'll definitely read the other three books in the series.
Really good book. The writing kept me engaged. I was interested in the characters, and what happens to them. It is really a mix of fantasy and sic fi. The story plot is fun as well, which is what I think kept me engaged more than anything. Fun read.
I started reading Kate Elliott books about a year ago. Beginning with her latest series Spirit Gate, (2 books, so far). That hooked me. I went on to the 7 book series, Crown of Stars. And now I'm reading her earlier work about Jaran which is 3 books.
I enjoyed this book. Enough to read into the wee early hours of the a.m.. Even in her earliest books I can see how well she develops her characters... There are lots of people in her books, and I find you don't loose them.
I'm not a 'love' story reader. Jaran's theme in that area is very smooth. I was interested in knowing what happens within the relationships of her characters.
The first book I've read solely by Kate Elliott, and the first she published (under this name.)
I'm not sure why I hadn't read anything by her previously, as I did love 'The Golden Key,' which she co-wrote.
'Jaran' was good enough that I'm now planning of reading more from her. It was a very enjoyable space opera. My one criticism, however, is that at times it seems a little unsure of where it's going, plot-wise. Our protagonist, Tess, is accidentally stranded on a primitive planet. To survive, she joins a nomad horse-clan - and also starts investigating a possible alien intrigue against her rich and powerful brother. However, the intrigue and investigation kinda falls by the wayside in favor of quite a lot of romance. I didn't mind as much as I usually would, because it was actually rather interesting and hot (though non-explicit) romance. It's just that at times, I was like, "hey! Tess! Aren't you worried about what those aliens are up to? Stop looking at that hot guy!" I'm just going to have to accept that she's an easily distracted individual.
Still, it was a fun book; although long it didn't drag at all, and I very much enjoyed the details of the unique culture that Tess finds herself in.
I really enjoyed this book.
Story of a young woman coming of age on an alien planet...and her effect on the human race's survival.