Lara (World of Hetar #1)
For Lara, a half faerie, half human, her beauty is a blessing and a curse. Sold into a Pleasure House by her father, she commits herself to a lifetime of servitude. But even in a place where pleasure is not censured but encouraged, her ot...more
Half human, half faerie, Lara is stunningly beautiful and willful as well. Her faerie protector guides her in finding her destiny which involves a series of great adventures and great lovers. Finally reaching the Outlands, Lara comes to realize her destiny is to aid the people sh ...more
Why did I finish? I am still not sure. Stubbornness, I suppose.
This is close to being the Manos, the Hands of Fate of fantasy ...more
Here is a short list as to why:
-excessive use of "manroot" and other awful euphemisms
-Lara continually brought up her "destiny" to the point I wanted to shoot myself
-basically, there was no plot and it droned on and on for 500+ pages of unnecessary bullshit.
-there's no depth to the characters at all
-Lara is what rp'ers would refer to as a "godmod" character - someone who basically has no flaws and is perfection and makes the whole da ...more
A little plot summary: Lara's father and stepmother sell her into slavery so he can buy nice clothes and armor so he can try out to be a knight. Lara is cool with this, because they are poor and she is the only thing of value that her dad has. Lara's mother is a fairy, who seduced her ...more
The story here is set in the land of Hetar, which is made up of four provinces and another area of unallied Outlands. The provinces are t ...more
Manroot. MAAAANROOOOT. That word makes me simultaneously roll my eyes and snigger (I know, not a pretty picture).
The story premise is interesting. The world building had promise. The book quickly goes downhill, however, as you go through the rather flat characters and uninspired battle scenes. In several parts of the book i felt that the dialogue was written by a student forced into taking an "intro to creative writing" class -- very obvious and elementary, with lots of tell and very little s ...more
Lara is the story of a half faerie half human child who was sold into slavery by her father so that he could improve his own lot in life. Lara was to be a child prostitute at one of the many Pleasure Houses in the world of Hetar but because of her unique and ornate beauty, the pleasure houses denied her and so she was sold again to be a wife of one of the kings on the outskirts if Hetar and eventually is sold several ...more
It starts off with promise, a girl sold into slavery to help her family since they are all facing starvation and she is the sole item of value they have to barter... a noble cause and a tragic fate! The story opens up with her parents discussion of selling her and they agree, so lets get this ball rolling right? Right??? No. like a third of the book later we are still waiting for something to happen amid repeti ...more
Lara is book one of the World of Hetar series. She is the half faerie daughter of John Swiftsword and ...more
Ok, I should have listened to everyone else.
This book, is awful. And there are sooo many reasons why it's awful that I can list ...more
Ah well. Who cares?! I liked this book, goddammit! And I'm not ashamed to say I'll be continuing with the saga.
Lara is campy fantasy at its finest. The magic is hamfisted with little or no explanation; the dialogue is frequently stilted; the cliches wave red flags & don't bother trying to hide behind prettily-described rocks. Characters recount their histories over & over & over & over until you're ready to scream. That's not to ...more
Lara is just over six hundred pages and I wonder if that number would have been greatly reduced if the massive amounts of repetition had been removed from the narrative. Lara and other characters are constantly recounting the "epic" journey of the heroine in full when a simple line of dia ...more
At the age of fourteen, Lara, who is half human, half faerie, is sold into slavery by her father, a mercenary, so that he can afford to outfit himself properly to apply to become a member of the Crusader Knights. Lara is meant to be auctioned off to the Pleasure Houses, but her beauty is so great that the owners of the Pleasure Houses begin to fight amongst th ...more
I couldn't even finish the whole book because of the sexual assault or lust over a fifteen year old girl that was described in disturbing detail on almost every page. As much as I tried to get past this and enjoy the main plot, (young half faerie girl is sold into slavery to support her family) I couldn't because of strange and gross ideas such as rouged nipples, naked teenage girls on silver dishes and a main character that strips naked e ...more
The first 50-75 pages is all dad and stepmom justifying all the reasons they should sell her as a "Pleasure Woman." Come on, guys, let's call it what it is. You are selling her to be a whore so that you can use that money to have a nice house and move up in life and you are telling yourself that Lara will be fine, whores live a life of absolute luxury so no need to feel bad.
And the step mom. OMFG I just wanted to punch her. The very first pages she talks about how she fe ...more
Small always had some cheesy parts like, peculiar words for private parts (manroot/sword/etc.) or one scene per book where characters get high during their sex by comparing themselves with horses/cows/whatever_big_animal having sex. But previous books had at least i ...more