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The Temple at Landfall (Celaeno #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  558 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Lynn feels more like a prisoner than the chosen of the Goddess. Transfer to another temple is her chance to taste a little freedom on the journey, but all does not go to plan and her dull life is shattered by the dangers and choices that await her.
ebook, 723 pages
Published November 15th 2005 by Bold Strokes Books, Inc (first published 1999)
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Apr 11, 2015 chall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great series from Fletcher. Every time I reread the Celaeno series a little part of me wants to be whisked to their world. But that does not mean that I would ever live in a commune on our world :)
Jan 01, 2009 Alena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Fletcher's mind sure knows how to weave a sci-fi tale to my liking. I like being dropped in a new world and being left to figure things out, and the world she presents is fascinating indeed.

You have an all-women planet, which offers a unique set of problems which she has good solutions for, a strict theocracy, which leaves room to weave a religion and also room for rebels, a complex military structure that is fascinating to explore and, again, leaves room for rebels. So you have the framewo
Binky Bowberg
Mar 16, 2009 Binky Bowberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The outstanding first book of the Celaeno series. Every book is captivating.
Noah Soudrette
Jan 22, 2011 Noah Soudrette rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, ebooks
This book concerns a planet of nothing but women and one particular woman with the rare ability to psychically weave two women's DNA together so that they can procreate. Sadly, she is imprisoned and repressed by what are essentially dictatorial nuns who have formed a twisted religion around the historical events that led to the planet's population. The woman in question, Lynn, ends up falling for a doomed ranger, Kim, and it ends up their fate is to be intertwined with a group of "heretics" who ...more
Mar 06, 2011 K. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-sf
Lesbian spec fic about a culture with only women. The story was interesting but the writing was only passable. A light read. I think it had more promise than it delivered.
Aug 09, 2011 Xdyj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: o, poc, q, fa, uk
Well written, though a little too predictable.
p.s. IMHO the scarcity and celibacy of "imprinters" in this world means they're very likely to die out in such a small community, and why can't Dr Himoti make everyone an imprinter or at least try to clone them?
Oct 21, 2011 Melani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like all Jane Fletcher books. Therefore my suggestion is, you should read all her books :)
Dec 20, 2011 D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
-Interesting world.
-Good adventures and travels.
-Good moments of action, gore, suspense, comedy, and romance.
-Simple character descriptions.
-Long pages.

*More description of character and surroundings, than actual dialogue. Fortunately, not enough to be boring.
*Personally, I would have liked more "mature" scenes, but it was okay.

Overall: Good story for those that like fantasy stories that have a look of medieval or roman times. Long journeys to unknown places, and some moments of bloody action an
Not a great book, though an easy read that did manage to keep me up late last night. The world-building is probably more interesting than the characters, more's the pity.
Mar 08, 2012 Ania rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: britain, abandoned
I originally picked up this book because the concept of a planet of only women intrigued me. How would a society, in the absence of sexual duality, organize itself? It was at university that I was first introduced to Herland, a short book that featured a society with entirely female population that becomes discovered by a group of men. It was then that my curiosity was first aroused in this idea.

In this book, The Temple at Landfall, I was hoping to find the idea expanded into a story about a who
Goodread kept throwing this book at me based on other books that I adored so I decided to give it a go despite my doubts about the female world thing.

At first, it seemed I'd done well listening to the recommendations. I was loving the start of the book. While the world building didn't feel that amazing, it seemed well enough and Lynn was pretty likeable. The first action scene we get was well written and had me excited about the book.

And then suddenly it feels like the author decided she needed
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
After finishing Rangers at Roadsend , I knew I wanted to read more of Fletcher's works. When a good sale came around, I bought almost all of her stuff in one go, although it was a while before I got around to reading any of them. The Temple at Landfall turned out to be just what I needed to help get me out of a bit of a reading slump.

One of my biggest issues with Rangers at Roadsend was its pacing. I'm happy to say that the pacing of The Temple at Landfall was much better, at least during the f
Wayne Spiceland
Sep 21, 2013 Wayne Spiceland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesbian-s-f
As usual, I’ll assume anyone reading this has already checked out the book’s plot summary on Goodreads, Amazon, or elsewhere. Since others have extolled some of the virtues of the The Temple at Landfall, maybe I’ll have a go at a few of the detractors.

First, the romance: Some have complained about the briefness of Lynn and Kim’s time together before they’re separated. Personally, I think Fletcher quite adequately shows their growing attraction, albeit subtly, and there is more than enough time
Oct 23, 2013 Alfie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Jane Fletcher and she hasn't disappointed me yet with her novels. I love the world of only females that this series takes place in. What I like the most however is that each book has a unique storyline and strong characters but yet in the same familiar world from the other books. Often when I read a book I find myself wondering what a characters story would be like that you only meet briefly. Jane Fletcher gave me that and I'm truly greatful
Sep 20, 2013 Launar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, novela
Está bien. La historia a ratos es un poco lenta y en realidad no llega a ocurrir gran cosa, pero para ser una historia centrada en el romance entre sus dos protagonistas esas dos cosas suelen ocurrir en este tipo de historias, así que mejor pasar eso un poco por alto ^_- Además, a pesar de ese núcleo central de la historia entre Kim y Lynn, previsible, me ha gustado el mundo que ha forjado la autora a su alrededor, con todo el tema del poder de las creencias para tener controlada a la gente (la ...more
Aug 26, 2015 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short review: Even after I decided to buy the e-book, it took me literally weeks to get past the first five pages. Out of experience, I just had almost no faith in lesbian genre fiction. So much of it is so poorly written and conceived. So when this book started off like it did, I just kept huffing and going "What is this? Magical DNA splicing? In a fantasy book? Where they actually call it DNA and everything? Really?" Finally, I convinced myself to shrug that off and keep going. I paid for the ...more
Dec 31, 2013 Kin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesbian-fiction
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Erin Wynn
I don't know what to think about this because it wasn't good as I'd imagined it, but I feel like I'd have loved it if I didn't have such high expectations. Still enjoyable and I'll read the other books in the series.
Tanager Leigh
Aug 21, 2015 Tanager Leigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesbian
Wonderful, page-turning, escapist, lesbian romance adventure. Not perfect, but has a wonderful flow.
The Temple at Landfall is a light, entertaining science fiction story with a fantasy feel. It’s also set on an entirely female planet.

Lynn is a chosen of the Goddess, blessed with the ability to Imprint DNA and thus create new life. But from the age of twelve she has been locked inside the temple, guarded by the sisters, and given no choice as to her own life. When she’s to be transferred to another temple, Lynn suddenly gains a measure of freedom and soon a choice that could change her life com
Jan 06, 2015 Penny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the romance was just okay, the universe created by Jane Fletcher was a lot more interesting. The social stratification, the frail exchange between Imprinters, Sisters, Guards and Rangers, the consequent breaking of the status quo .. I liked it.

It thrilled my inner rebel (:
Frank Van Meer
The first book I've read by Ms. Fletcher was Wolfsbane Winter, another fantasy novel. It had all the staples of the genre, but near the end, she gave me some tantalizing hints about the world before the demons came down. No way around it: that world was 21st century earth. I found that highly intrigueing, but it wasn't given much thought as the ending slammed all doors of a possile sequel shut.

I was setlling down with The Temple at Landfall with another fantasy novel in mind. I must admit, there
This is a review for the entire series. Possible mild spoilers ahead, mainly because I feel the book blurb is too bland and generic to generate any excitement, much less interest in the entire series. I admit I've known about this series for years, but haven't gotten the urge to start it until my GR friends did and loved it.

This series laid down an astounding premise--possibly the most original in lesfic. A pre-industrial all-women society has found a way to procreate with the help of psychicall
Just a man's point of view
It's been a surprising book. A wonderful construction of a world and an enthralling reading.

Unfortunately there isn't much to say about it without touching a major spoiler (view spoiler)
Jul 12, 2015 Regina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Great book! I am so glad I read it because it is a rare gem indeed. And this applies to both book 1 and 2. Very ambitious premise but the author pulled it off marvelously. My thanks to Jem and Frank for their fantastic reviews and recommendations (go read their reviews and be convinced to read this too! :p), because I would not have read this book otherwise and that would be my loss. In short, amazing read, wonderful writing, lovely romance, the only thing that needs to be changed is the cover. ...more
Aug 28, 2016 Cat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put down this book! It has romance, drama, corruption, action, humor, secrets, a little sex! I'll definitely be continuing this series!

The scenes could have been more drawn-out at parts, which would've made connecting with the characters easier. But it still touched my heart!

Don't read if murder and injuries freak you out.

Equating body parts with men and women felt off. (view spoiler)
Tony Hisgett
I must admit I was a bit bored with the start of the book, I didn’t really feel anything for Lynn. Perhaps I didn’t fully understand her position as an imprinter. It seemed to me that she is basically a slave, but she has a talent that very few other possess. What I didn’t understand is why, as she is so unhappy, doesn’t she try to use their need for her talent to push back against the Sisters who are subjugating her.

There was a brief interlude when Lynn met Kim that I began to warm to her, but
Lex Kent
This was really good. Rangers is still my favorite so far, but this would be second. It was nice to have the characters that are your favorites from Rangers in this book too. I'm reading the books in Chronological orders, just started The Walls of Westernfort now. I am so happy to read in this order, the story really flows. I'm glad I didn't go with the order they were written in or the stories of the Rangers, my favorite characters, would be all jumbled and as a reader you would know the outcom ...more
May 26, 2016 Luce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Nice fantasy world building. It hooked me right away. I really did like all the characters, and hated the villains as it should be. The action and battles were well done and easily pictured in my mind. It has a touch of SciFi elements but I'm undecided if it worked or not.
It is confusing to figure out what order to read this series. In some book blurbs it's labeled as #1 and others it's #3. When I come back to the series, I'm planning to read #2 Rangers - it sounds the most appealing
Aisling Oharrigan
Just finished this today, and I loved it. It was quite nail-biting! I especially liked the little history bits in the appendix.

As someone who grew up in a family that was a little fanatical about religion, I liked how it showed the seeds of a cult form and flourish out of the weird religion of Landfall.

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Jane Fletcher is a GCLS award-winning writer and has also been short-listed for the Gaylactic Spectrum and Lambda Literary awards. She is author of two ongoing sets of fantasy/romance novels: the Celaeno series—The Walls of Westernfort, Rangers at Roadsend, The Temple at Landfall, Dynasty of Rogues, and Shadow of the Knife; and the Lyremouth Chronicles—The Exile and The Sorcerer, The Traitor and T ...more
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Celaeno (5 books)
  • The Walls of Westernfort (Celaeno, #2)
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