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Shrouded (Princes of the Shroud #1)

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Vashia’s father is the planetary governor. Unfortunately, he’s also a complete bastard. When he promises her to his lackey, Jarn, she panics. On the run in the nastiest corner of the galaxy, Vashia seizes her one chance at escape and signs on as a bride candidate for the elusive race of aliens known as the Shrouded, unaware that she very well may be chosen as the next ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published November 21st 2013 by The Zharmae Publishing Press (first published November 20th 2013)
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Elisa
4.5 Stars
By reading the summary I thought I was about to read just another soulmate chose-by-destiny-or-whatever type of romance book, a genre I don't mind but I rarely actually love since they involve a bit too much useless drama and too little free will for my tastes. I was in for a surprise!
I'm not gonna lie, I am not rating this book above 4 stars just for the romance in it, because if I had to rate it just for that I wouldn't probably go above 3, but this book for me was a lot more than j
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Kathryn Svendsen
This was a fast-paced novel with a surprising ending. I enjoyed the characters and the intrigue. At first I didn’t particularly like Mofitan. I thought he was going to be one of the “bad guys”, but in the end he turned out to be a pretty decent fellow. I loved the clean romance aspect of this book.

I thought the idea of a stone being able to pick out the perfect mate for someone was an interesting idea. It sure would save us the trouble of picking them out for ourselves and then ending up with so
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Andrew Call
Dec 22, 2013 Andrew Call rated it really liked it
Shrouded is an immersive sci-fi fantasy that takes place on Shroud under The Shroud. Confused? Don't be. Everything makes perfect sense once you've jumped head first into Frances Pauli's fully realized world. The book is brimming with strange emotions fueled by an unspoken bond that’s just waiting to be brought to the surface. Dive in, swim around a bit, and enjoy Shrouded for the mystery and adventure it unfolds.

Enter the lives of Vashia and Dolfan as they, respectively, run from an unfulfillin
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Naiya
Aug 06, 2016 Naiya rated it really liked it
Going into Shrouded, I assumed I was going to get some soulmate relationship angst between strangers in a futuristic setting plus space princes. I eat these sort of stories up like popcorn…and like popcorn, usually end up feeling like there’s something (a plot hole, I suppose) stuck in my teeth.

Turns out, Shrouded is Space Opera in the glorious footsteps of Lois M. Bujold, Sharon Lee, Julie E. Czerneda, and Laura E. Reeve, with its romance lite and emphasis on relationships, alien cultures, plot
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Christopher Kellen
Nov 24, 2013 Christopher Kellen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
(I read a review copy of Shrouded provided by the author.)

Shrouded is best described as a science-fiction romance. It is best placed in the tradition of Lois M. Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga, where the story is not about the technology or the science, but about the people and the culture.

Vashia, running from her ruthless dictator of a father and the horrific mercenary that he wants to force her to wed, signs a contract and boards a shuttle for a strange world. The contract: to agree to be what is es
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Clever Girl
Dec 09, 2013 Clever Girl rated it it was amazing
Action, intrigue, strange planets, lavender men and a big stone called the heart that decides your future, there's so much to like. The book had me from the start, from Vashia's flight from marriage to Jarn, a ruthless, violent man to her desperate decision to sign up as a Bride Candidates on Shroud, a insular, dangerous world.

I felt like I was along for the ride with Vashia, alone, terrified, thrown into a new world, a new life, struggling with foreign customs, expectations and dangers. She's a
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Pamela
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this novel as I find it’s really hard to find a romance-science fiction novel that has a well-written and intriguing story that’s easy to understand (not inundated with science jargon); that also includes an assortment of interesting, courageous, and likeable (and unlikeable) characters that all share the spotlight; and that’s full of action, suspense, intrigue, espionage, and romance. Speaking of romance, if you’re looking for an erotic tale that ...more
Mike
Dec 22, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

The book blurb doesn’t even begin to do this story justice. It’s an engagingly detailed dystopian science fiction tale that manages to weave the twisted politics of two worlds and an intergalactic battle into it.

I really enjoyed the interaction between characters, everyone managed to find their own voice which can sometimes be difficult with so many people involved. Twists and turns abound as well, keeping you on your toes. And what
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Danielle Annett
Jan 23, 2014 Danielle Annett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zharmae-books
Action, Romance, lavender men, and a kick ass heroine, whats not to like? Shrouded captivated me from the very beginning. I simply could not put the book down. The back copy blurb on this one definitely grabbed my attention and Shrouded certainly delivered. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read Shrouded by Frances Pauli and if you're looking for a great Sci-Fi read with a touch of Romance, this one is for you!
James  Crewe
Mar 05, 2014 James Crewe rated it really liked it
This is a great book. Very dynamic cover as well. Pauli is an exciting writer and rising talent!
poppy
was ok not great but not bad will be reading the rest in the series
Steph
May 10, 2014 Steph rated it liked it
3.5 stars

We start with Vashia on the run...from her cruel father and the man he has "given" her to. Stalked through the worst parts of the city, she makes a desperate attempt to escape and signs on to potentially become the next Shroud Queen. What she doesn't know is that she is playing right into her father and Jarn's plans.

Dolfan has always known his fate. As one of seven princes, he will come before "the heart" for the chance to find his bride. Being king is the last thing that he wants but o
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 Diana Davis
Aug 18, 2016 Diana Davis rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for a fair review

Frances Pauli, you had me at “knob-tailed Chromian”. I envisioned a humanoid Manx Cat with Spacey Tarot Cards.

In a few short pages, Ms. Pauli gives us an interplanetary 'universe' that we can easily see and feel. The writing itself floats from fairy tale to fantasy to hard sci-fi with a depth and richness rarely seen. That depth and richness shows in the descriptions of minor characters, for instance Zern and his unibrow. The unibrow moves like a
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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
I have recently rediscovered my love for the Sci Fi genre and was intrigued by the synopsis of this book. The story gripped me from the very beginning as Vashia runs to try and escape the life her father has traded her for. She trusts people and yet still gets herded to where others want her to be, all the time thinking it's her own choice.

The characters, whether they be 'major players' or just bit parts, all make an impact as you read their story. You will feel the desperation of the women leav
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Keisha
Feb 20, 2016 Keisha rated it really liked it
I thought Shrouded was creative and well written. I really liked that there was something in the plot that just kept me from putting the book down. There were several points of views that were used and I thought it worked well to show the full plot. It was not confusing at all. The idea of an opportunity to start over (though in a place no one really knows much about) makes for good conversation.

I liked the supporting characters and thought they helped bring out the personality of the main char
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Shelby Gran
Oct 11, 2015 Shelby Gran rated it it was amazing
That was an amazing ending! Such a good book. I think the only thing I have to complain about is a slow start. There's never a dull moment in this book but going back and forth between the Shrouded Princes and Vashia's journey to Shroud in the beginning just had me thinking 'get to the damn princes already!' Lol it's one of those books that you hate to have to put down in order to join real life and responsibilities. It was confusing at first having so many princes but then we learn their own ...more
Elb4966
May 02, 2016 Elb4966 rated it it was ok
The story starts out exciting. However it quickly turns boring. Everything is dragged out. I did not finish , just skipped ahead to see how it turned out.
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Frances Pauli writes across multiple genres. Her work is speculative, full of the fantastic, and quite often romantic at its core. Whenever possible, she enjoys weaving in a little humor. Once upon a time she was a visual artist, but she's since come to her senses. Now she fills her miniscule amount of free time with things like crochet, belly dance and abysmal ukulele playing. She lives in ...more
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