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The Courtesan Prince (Okal Rel Saga #1)

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From two cultures that should never meet, come four people who do: Ann, Von, Di Mon and Ranar. Reetions Ranar (anthopologist) and Ann (pilot)came to check out what the socially primitive neo-feudal people of Sevildom have been up to in the last 200 years. What they discover will threaten their own civilization. Di Mon, Sevolite king-maker, aristocrat and champion for his b ...more
Paperback, 453 pages
Published May 9th 2005 by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
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Derek Newman-Stille
Lynda Williams is willing to do deep cultural critiques, exploring the development of different cultural ideas and contrasting them in societies that essentially descended from the same roots. She is willing to interrogate politics, ideas of social equality, the complexity of sexuality, ideas of privacy, biological change, and technology. And she is unwilling to give the readers simple answers, but encourages them to interrogate these issues, think for themselves, and develop their own ideas. Th ...more
Kristene Perron
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it

Adventure, romance, sword fights, sex, FTL travel, politics, culture clashes, this book has it all!

Set in a future of inter-stellar space travel and abandoned earth colonies, The Courtesan Prince is a space opera of the best variety. The story centers around two distinct civilizations, Reetions and Gelacks, and four main characters. The action begins when a small group of Gelacks attempts to reestablish contact with the very distant, (and very different), Reetions, 200 years after their devastat
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Stephanie Johanson
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It has been a while since I read The Courtesan Prince, but I reviewed it in issue 7 of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. Here is my review: The Courtesan Prince is a rich tapestry of intrigues, power struggles and affairs. The story is set thousands of years after Earth sent out colonists to the far reaches of space. These colonists have evolved into two distinct and separate societies, Reetions and Gelacks.
The Reetions are a mostly democratic society that uses computers and technology to mai
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ShaunaLee
Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it
As someone that isn't terribly familiar with sci-fi books, I didn't find this hard to get into. I have the strange experience of enjoying the story but not liking the main character. I don't think that she was written to be disliked, but I found that she rubbed me wrong and I often wanted to tell her to grow up. I would have given this one more star if this character and I hadn't been having this issue, although it was interesting to have. I did however really like the how some of the characters ...more
Amber
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got into this book by accident. After talking to Lynda on Facebook, she graciously sent me this and one other of her novels.

The Courtesan Prince was not what I expected. It was a very deep, very developed scifi. There was space travel, albeit not the kind I was used to - and that was the coolest thing about the book. It kept surprising me. Nothing was as I expected it to be; nothing was predictable. I will grant that the main character is flawed almost to the point that you want to smack some
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Becky
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The author was generous enough to send me this copy of my introduction to the Okal Rel universe, and I'm grateful that she did!

The story is entirely self-contained, and a delightful, high-energy space opera with overtones touching on social inequality, racial stereotypes, personal privacy, and social norms of violence. A wonderful middle ground between the light-hearted and thought-provoking, and surprisingly, between science fiction and sword and sorcery.

I will definitely be seeking out more i
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Virginia Stark
Lynda Williams gives life to a Very intense culture her okal rel universe. She gives a deep study into the long reaching effects of genetic modification on humans. space travel and a technological dystopia are juxtaposed to give second thoughts about the psychological effects of intergalactic travel. Extremely thought provoking series, the courtesan prince sits in your brain and opens the door to deep seated ethical issues.
Brian Rathbone
Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Courtesan Prince is a space adventure charged with sexual energy and ambiguity. Though not heavily laden with technology, it is clear that Williams possesses a strong technical mind. As a writer and computer programmer, I enjoyed the references to "blits" and other subtle touches that leant to greater believability. I look forward to reading more of the Okal Rel series.
Sandra Wickham
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
I had a chance to meet Lynda Williams at a convention and I learned so much from her about writing great characters, which is evident in her writing.

I read this book, I think back in 2008, and I will say it's one of those books that sticks with you! The characters, the world..I highly recommend reading it!
Brownbetty
Aug 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys Bujold
I picked up Courtesan Prince by Lynne Williams from the library because the title sounded promisingly sordid. I was not disappointed. I'm afraid this review contains spoilers, but I think that I don't spoil anything that isn't spoiled by the title. However, you have been warned.

Courtesan Prince apparently belongs to a universe that Lynda Williams shares with Alison Sinclaire. I caution you not to read any of the background material on this, because Williams suffers from the conviction that not o
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Paul
Aug 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
Set approximately one thousand years from now, this is the story of the first two interstellar Earth colonies. They were abandoned by Earth after the failure of early attempts at faster-than-light travel. The problems were solved, but ideological differences concerning genetic engineering caused outlaw scientists to sever all contact with Earth and set up their own worlds.

The Reetions of Rire regulate every aspect of their lives with advanced computer technology. The Sevolites of Gelion are much
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Lynda
Nov 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
First book in the Okal Rel Saga, introducing Amel as the prince raised as a commoner who is, unfortunately for his dignity, also the prostitute with the heart of gold. Four characters from two very different cultures come together in this book to kick start the ten-novel saga published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy. Lynda Williams
David Juniper
An incredible sci-fi epic!
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Kwanlen retirement recommendation. 30 Nov 2016
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Sci-fi and Heroic...: The Courtesan Prince: Part 1 of the Okal Rel Saga 1 10 Jun 12, 2014 07:10AM  
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The Okal Rel universe of author Lynda Williams is peopled by larger-than-life characters whose cross-cultural dramas address the Big Questions of negotiating sex, power, science, change and finding people to believe in.

Originally published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, the series was taken over by its author in 2014, through Reality Skimming Press. The new micro-presses titles a
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  • Far Arena (Okal Rel Saga, #5)
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