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It begins on the 300th day of 2195 on Volen ... There is no such thing as an individual. All the humans think of themselves as units with predetermined roles, and they do not grow old with their lovers. The females are sacrificed when they turn thirty, leaving their male counterparts behind. Princess Kaitlau is a nymph who can take any form. She is also a refugee. She came to Volen through the charmed window after escaping her prison on Trellora. King Ganim, the vampire who is thought to have created Kaitlau, must be punished. She had thought he loved her as a father, but that could not be. Although he was never present in the chamber, the king had ordered the priests to repeatedly rape her. Merely punishing her father is not enough. She wants him dead. It will be done. Kaitlau has been observing a particular rebel killing priests on Volen. He is just the one to help her. But feelings for the rebel start to emerge when he agrees to carry out her assassination plans, and gradually as they work together, love begins to matter more than revenge. The heat level of this book is hot, but it is not erotica. The themes of this book include rape culture and recovering from child sexual abuse. It contains scenes of rape, but these violent sexual acts are not perpetrated by the hero, and the ultimate theme of this book is to show that women can overcome the psychological damage that this blight on our society causes.
4 out of 5 (very good)
Trelloran Seduction is the first book in The Making of a Goddess series. It deals with a harsh environment that not all readers will enjoy. Not only are vampires involved, but women are 'sacrificed' on their 30th birthday, and their brain fluid taken from their bodies. Not only that, but a rape culture by Church is in full swing, only they call it 'Cleansing'. Add into the mix a nymph who can shapechange at will, who has been held captive for hundreds of years, and brainwashed into doing her duty to the priests who rape her, impregnate her, and then, once she gives birth, her babies are given to the vampires as food. Like I say, this is NOT suited to all readers!
However, the very things that make this book quite a dark one to read, also offer the hope of light. Two characters come together, both hurt and traumatised by their pasts. You see them slowly start to trust each other, to understand each other. Now, of course, it's not all love and light. This is a dark book, after all, and betrayal comes when you least expect it and from a direction that although known, you think is a red herring. It's not, and it hurts all the more because of that!
This is very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow. This part of the story is nicely concluded, whilst leaving you with an opening to the next book. With plenty of action and suspense, this is a brilliant book that certainly kept my attention throughout. Definitely recommended by me.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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I write paranormal romance to speak to the everyday individual who loves a romantic happy ending. Of course, I write from a feminist viewpoint, and I write about issues that touch me, but I also write to entertain and to instill the feeling that love is not far away. Note: all of my books contain explicit sex scenes. None of my books so far are intended for a young adult audience or for those looking for a sweet romance (no sex scenes) option. If you are looking for that, then I am not the author for you. I study publishing, writing, and everything in between. Altogether, I hold an Associate Degree in Creative Writing from Southern Cross University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of New England, and I’m working on a Graduate Certificate in Publishing at Sydney University at the moment. In the past, I’ve worked as a legal secretary, receptionist, and administration officer. I have a feeling that after I’ve finished the graduate certificate, I’ll probably enroll in something else. I can’t help myself. I’m a perpetual student.