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It's the 18th again, so you know what that means! Time for my monthly #IndieBooksBeSeen indie author book review. Enjoy! :-)
Alien Revolt by Tracy St. John:
Clan Piras, thought to be traitors to the Kalquorian Empire, are actually deep covert operatives working to bring down the self-destructive, xenophobic rebellion led by the Basma. Their lives are in constant jeopardy. To their government, they are the worst kind of criminals who would be subject to an extended, painful execution if caught. But if those they are working against discover their true allegiance, their fate would be even grimmer. But to them, it's all worth it for the sake of honor and Empire. It's in this atmosphere of selfless patriotism and ever-present danger that they meet Hope Nath.
Hope is the daughter of General Nath, one of the top leaders of the rebellion against Browning Copeland, the human equivalent of the Basma. Copeland is a religious fanatic who is determined to see that humans don't mix with Kalquorians and that women remain virtual slaves in their society. Hope and her father have been working for years to bring an end to Copeland's reign of terror, and they are thrilled to find unexpected allies in Clan Piras and their crew.
Piras, Lokmi, and Kila have had a difficult struggle in integrating their individual needs into a cohesive relationship and preventing the wounds of their past from interfering in their current bond. With three such strong personalities in play, it seems unlikely they will be able to find a compatible woman to complete their clan. Especially, considering the death sentence they are all living under. But from the very beginning, Hope seemed to be a perfect fit for them. She offers something to each of them, and each them fulfills a different need for her. As unexpected as it is, love starts to grow between them. But can their budding romance survive all the perils of war?
I really enjoyed this installment in the Kalquorian series. It was a bit of a slow build in the beginning because there is so much going on at the same time. But once all the players and the plays are laid out, the plot moves forward at lightning speed. The relationship between Hope and Clan Piras is a sweet counterpoint to the fear and desperation surrounding them. And I really enjoyed the fact that the fight against the Basma was just as important as the romance in this story. Five stars, and I can't wait to see what happens next in Kalquor's war for survival.