The peaceful respite for which Zeus and his intended, Dargon and Alpha, had been hoping is shattered when Zeus is unexpectedly drawn to the Waters of Poseidon and told that the safety they've been promised is a trap.
But the Fal'Amoric aren't the only important cargo on the Oethra 7, and countless others are depending on the success of their mission. If Zeus hopes to break the silent siege on Valespia, and protect those most precious to him, he will need not just powerful allies but the fortitude to survive overwhelming odds.
Lexi has always been an avid reader and at a young age started reading (secretly) her mother’s romances (the ones she was told not to touch). She was the only teenager she knew of who would be grounded from reading. Later, with a pencil and a note book, she wrote her own stories and shared them with friends because she loved to see their reactions. A Texas transplant, Lexi now kicks her boots up in the Midwest with her Yankee husband and her 80 pound puppies named after vacuum cleaners.
I love this series so much. I'm hoping the next one is out soon. There's only so many times I can reread it 😂
Reread October 2018
I found myself a bit more emotional reading this one this time. Parts of it really got to me. This is one of my favorite sci-fi series and I can't wait for more. Guess I'll keep rereading until Lexi Ander gets it done!
Reread May 2018
I’ve said this before, Lexi Ander is one of my favorite authors and this is one of my favorite series. I’m hoping we get more soon.
Originally read October 2017
Zeus’ contentment with his new mates is threatened. There is betrayal in Atlainticia as someone wants the royal house removed for having a human heir. Lives are in danger on Valespia and Zeus and the crew must intervene. But at what cost to his mates? He is torn between protecting the people and standing guard over his mates and their kits.
I love this author and the worlds she creates. I stay on pins and needles during the conflicts and swoon over the intimate moments between the three. I’ll be anxiously waiting for book 3.
‘Striker’ is the second adventure of the “Alpha Trine”, a triad between Mar’Sani Zeus, Dar Massaga Dargon, and the mysterious symbiote Alpha. The fantastic world building deepens, the plot tension increases, and the main characters get closer than ever before. But there are also some unexpected revelations, a growing alien threat, and galacto-political machinations and implications that have far-reaching consequences. This is an action-packed space adventure from page one and the intensity of the love story between the three main characters only increases. The result is a thrilling science fiction novel that held me enthralled from beginning to end, and even though it could stand alone, I recommend you read ‘Alpha Trine’ first to increase your enjoyment of this sequel.
I received a copy of this book via Goodreads' Don't Buy My Love program in exchange for an honest review.
This is the second book in the Valespian Pact series. Books should be read in order. A quick catch up:
Zeus is a Fal/Amoric prince. This is news, because he'd grown up believing he was Terran--even though he was raised by the Mar'Sani emperor--who fully adopted him and it is with this race that Zeus associates. He has always felt loved and cherished by his adoptive family, but there are factions of Mar'Sari who despise Terrans--the Galactouc scourge--and by extension hate Zeus.
Zeus has bonded with a symbiote Dar Massaga--Dargon and Alpha--both males who had never connected with another Dar Massaga and can't imagine pairing with a Terran--but they mate. It is through this mating that they determined Zeus' Fal'Amoric race, becasue all Fal'Amoric males are hermaphrodites--and Alpha becomes impregnated by capturing Zues' eggs and combining them with his and Dargon's sperm.
Also, there is galactic war brewing against the V'Saar, a bug-like species that is brutal and carnivorous, and this war can only be stopped if the Galactic Princes can find their missing third--the Fal'Amoric prince Prometheus. Prometheus has been missing for two decades and, lacking a better candidate, Zeus may be pressed into service-paired the the other Galactic princes--in order to maintain the magical power to keep the V'Saar out of the alliance's galactic space.
So, Alpha's about to deliver kits--to be raised in Dargon's marsupial pouch for a year. This is a super tricky exchange and requires a stable environment--not easy to achieve while on board a ship carrying the Fal'Amoric royal family exiles back to their home on Valespia.
In order to survive, the refugee ship travels with a military convoy of Mar'Sani--containing Zeus' Mar'Sani brothers, one of whom is the heir apparrant of the Mar'Sani emperor. Together they hunt allies--Feteine robots who can help defeat the V'Saar that chase them to Valespia.
Zeus and Dargon are injured gravely at the power of the Qrxzl--which not only cements a Feteine partnership, but also reunites Alpha with his first offspring, Star Eater. Together this coalition survives the trip to Valespia, but there they face a battle royale, one that results in extreme danger for both Alpha and the kits. Zeus is an amazing tactician, and an unexpected partner arrives with a host of warriors tipping the balance in Zeus' favor.
Political alliances are further challenged, but the truth wins out, yay! The books resolves, with an ongoing plotline to carry forth--still ont he hunt for Prometheus.
There is a LOT going on here, and the pace is brisk. I enjoyed this book better than the first one, as we really get a better sense of Zeus and his valor. His family is completely supportive, and Dargon and Alpha are tremendous in their role as partner to Zeus. I am not a fan of Sci-fi, but this book series has held my interest completely. The smexytimes are brief and understated, allowing the emotional context to be the foundation of the romantic landscape.
At the end of Alpha Trine, we left Zeus, Alpha and Dargon newly joined and on their way to Valespia to deliver the Fal’Amorics to the Emperors. Striker jumps you back into action by beginning in with Zeus in the Waters of Poseidon and the ride continues from there.
I read this over two days. It only took me that long as I had to accommodate life happening between stretches of reading. If I could have shut the world out, I would have devoured this book in one sitting. That’s not to say it is short, merely engrossing. The intrigue, suspense and action kept me on the edge of my seat as I waited for Dargon and Alpha to give birth and our crew of characters to make their way to Valespia. We learn more of Alpha’s beginnings and are introduced to new characters along their journey.
I loved the values of family and acceptance this book portrayed. The love shown was not only that of the main triad but also between siblings, and parent & child (biological as well as adoptive). It illustrated the strength that comes from these bonds.
Again, the world was rich, vibrant and diverse. Lexi Ander has a guide on her blog page called “The Universe of Valespia” that illustrates the various races and species that inhabit her world. It is worth checking out!
This copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review At the end of Alpha Trine(book #1), our heroes, Zeus, Dargon, and Alpha are expectant fathers. They, along with the crew of the Oethra 7 are trying to get the last of the Fal'Amoric race to the planet Valespia. I'm going to try to review this book without spoilers, so, here goes. First, I have to say this...although there is an epic love between these three "men", this was not a romance. The action started out hard from chapter one and never stopped. If I had to put this in a category, it would be, SPACE ODESSY. I mean there were alien species of all kinds, AI that has split from it's creators, sentient crystals, sentient water, Mech warriors, and Ancient Gods. Way too many great characters to name.
So, Alpha is much older than we originally thought. And he has a very painful past. He is determined to protect this Trine, no matter what. But he has kept a lot of secrets from Dargon, his host and lover. Alpha eventually reveals his past and we find out how powerful he really is.
We find out more about Zeus and how he ended up on the abandoned Terran science vessel as a baby. I loved that he took on characteristics of the Mar'Sani who adopted and raised him. He identified as Mar'Sani even after he learns of his heritage. He eventually becomes his people's champion.
Dargon is carrying twins and has been forced to take a backseat on the mission. This is very frustrating for a powerful captain and protector.
The rest of the crew and the Mar'Sani Monticores (elite warriors) have taken up the task of delivering the Fal'Amoric and are enlisting help from several powerful races. The evil V'Saar and Terran forces unite to stop them. Allies are not friends and there is a traitor on Valespia...
There is an excellent ending, but I pray to Poseidon that there are more books. What about Canry, Axis, and Star Eater? I need their stories.
Wow! What a wonderful experience this was! The next chapter in adventures of Dargon, Zeus and Alpha takes them across the Galaxies encountering enemies and long forgotten allies, discovering new things about themselves and the worlds around them, falling in love and fighting for their lives against the strongest almost undefeatable enemy, the V'Saar.
This was fast paced suspenseful scifi romance with outstanding world building and characters so diverse and well written that I could almost see them. I enjoyed the political intrigue on planetary level, the court's backstabbing and the suspicions each race has against each other. It was so engrossing. The back story was so well thought out, the amazingly detailed battle scenes went hand in hand with heart breaking and sweet moments of romance between Alpha Trine. But besides all that there were other sub plots that made this such a full resplendent story about sacrifice, duty, survival and affection no matter what blood runs in your veins.
I loved the dynamics between the three men. Alpha was so unconventional, there was so much more to him than just Dargon's symbiote! I loved him for his wisdom and ability to open his heart to Zeus. Zeus proved his worth in front of his people and finally found his place. I loved his fierceness and protectiveness. Despite Dargon being a bit of a grouch here in there, he constantly showed his loyalty and love towards both Zeus and Alpha. I loved how he supported them both. I really liked the Mar'Sani people with their customs, traditions and way of life. The Waters of Poseidon and how it all works for the people was one of the most fascinating features.
Told from multiple POV, the story is rich with suspense, romance, intergalactic politics, secrets and strong beliefs in something greater than oneself. I freaking loved it! So good. Copy received for my honest and unbiased review
I have long awaited the sequel to Alpha Trine because I fell in love with the characters, the worldbuilding and the plotting. This is most definitely a Sci-Fi Romance, but the feel of it is that of a Romantic Suspense. There are twists, intrigues, thrilling adventure and secrets that are slow to be revealed all hyping up the tension.
This sequel should definitely not be read out of order or the reader will struggle to catch up to the story. Striker was a total set up book in ways and it takes a long time to build. The first half is full of little slower paced moments will all the excitement saved for the latter half. I was more than happy to sit back and be patient as more of the author's creative world building was expanded and the romantic trio had the time to strengthen their relationship which is nearly unheard of in romance books today.
When it came to the romance, I got the what happened after that happily ever after moment. The threesome now takes the time to get to know each other and work out their relationship and place in the relationship. Alpha's story is really teased out and there are a lot of surprising answers there. Zeus' hidden history gets revealed too and yep, more exciting reveals. Zeus is almost a different personality in this one as he adapts to the changes in his life. He becomes more assertive and his hidden strengths come to the forefront. Alpha personality is further revealed and he is a mixture of aggression and appeasement as needed. And Dargon took a softer role even when he wanted to be part of the excitement since he is the caregiver of this new little family. The passion is still hot and unique because of the make-up of their threesome coming from three different races.
Now, what to say so that I don't give up the good stuff... The story opens with the Oethra 7 and its crew still on board the Marsani ship with Zeus' brothers as they rush to deliver the Fal' Almoric royal family and what they have discovered about the enemy into the hands of the rulers of Vasparia. Time is running out on the search for Prometheus, Zeus' brother, who needs to take his place ruling the Galactic Alliance. Zeus worries about the safety of his mates during their vulnerable time of Alpha's pregnancy. He feels the pressure of enemies waiting for them and enemies chasing them. Then their is the unsettling visit with his lost brother through his dreams warning him and advising him how to gain allies for the war that is to come.
Canry's advice leads Zeus and the crew to a little known world to treaty with a race made up of crystals. The visit proves dangerous and reveals another betrayal among other things. The time counts down to the moment the two opposing sides will face off and Zeus is aware that his side is vastly outnumbered unless all their allies can assemble in time.
As I said earlier, this is a set up book feeling much like the way a chessboard is being set for the bigger moves to come. But, there is also an ending feel to it as well. The main conflicts are still in place, but yet so many answers and resolves came in this one too. Not sure about what is to come, but I now wonder if some of the secondary characters will get their stories and whether the perspective will shift to the mysterious Prometheus who has been hidden for years. I confess that my romantic little heart wants to dart off in like five directions right now to see some of those secondary relationships wrapped up and see the escalating war through to the end. The next book will now be impatiently waited on just like this one. Sigh...
All in all, this was a good installment in the series. Those who enjoy m/m sci-fi romance with spectacular world building, strong suspense, memorable characters and spicy romance should grab this series up.
My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for my honest review.
Do połowy to była okropna książka. Autorka skupiła się na relacji MC i ciąży i, rany, to było takie nudne. Myślałam, że nie dokończę. Aż tu nagle od połowy książka odzyskała fabułę s-f i znów mnie wciągnęło. Lexi Ander stanowczo powinna skupić się na historiach nieromantycznych, bo to jej lepiej wychodzi. Ostatecznie zakończyłam z pozytywnym wrażeniem, dlatego idę do kolejnej części. ;)
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
***You must read Alpha Trine prior to reading this book. The story picks up right where the first book ended.***
In Alpha Trine we meet Zeus. He began life as the sole survivor on a vessel found in deep space by the Mar’Sani, a reptilian race. At the time he was two months old and blind. He was adopted by the Emperor and Empress of Mar'Sani and raised as one of their own. Zeus’ parents had his vision restored when he was around 12 or 13 in order to better protect him from others who wish to do him harm. Though Zeus was loved and cherished by his adopted family, there were several Mar'Sani families who did not like a human playing the role of a prince on their planet. Zeus left his home planet to work on a spacedock as a Master Mechanic. There he is kidnapped and comes in contact with a symbiote Dar Massaga, Dargon and Alpha. Dargon and Alpha recognize Zeus as theirs and together the three form an Alpha Trine. At the end of the book, the three are expecting a child through Alpha's pregnancy. In the mists of all of this, Dargon and his crew of misfits are traveling across space with a group of Fal'Amoric, a race of individuals who were captured and forced into slavery. Zeus discovers he is actually a Fal'Amoric prince. It is imperative that the Fal'Amoric are returned to the council before the evil bug race, V'Saar, recaptures them.
This is where Striker begins. Zeus is pulled into the Waters of Poseidon by his long lost brother. He is warned that there is a trap set-up for him and the ship if they continue on their course. Zeus and the crew go to the planet where the Qrxzl live. They are there to seek help but the Qrxzl attempts to fatally hurt Zeus, which leaves both Zeus and Dargon injured. Because of their actions, Zeus and his group do enlist the help of the Feteine. While there, Alpha is reunited with his first son Star Eater.
During the time the group searches for allies and formulates a plan to arrive on Zeus’ home planet, Zeus, Dargon and Alpha prepare for the arrival of their children. Alpha’s pregnancy is only 1 month so they are not going to make it planetside before the births occur. With everything going on, all three are worried about the safety of their little ones and Zeus is fighting his natural instincts of nesting and aggression while Alpha and Dargon carry the babies.
This book was extremely fast paced and very detailed. I’m amazed by Ms. Ander’s creativity with the different species. Each one was explicitly described. There was a lot of information thrown out at you, which made it difficult to follow at times. It has been a while since I’ve read the first book, which made it harder to pick the story up again.
The book has all the trimmings of a great science fiction story such as a galaxy wide war and interesting species, but the book also touches on the power of accepting oneself and others, and how looks can be deceiving. My favorite part of the series is Zeus’ adopted family. They are great. Their loyalty to Zeus is extremely touching and at times funny. The relationship between Zeus, Dargon and Alpha is also sweet. The reader really gets to know a lot more about Alpha and his past. I wish Dargon played a larger role in the book though. There was a lot of Zeus and Alpha, but Dargon always took a backseat due to one thing or another.
Overall a great science fiction series. The universe created is creative, vivid and unique. I can’t wait to read the other books.
Complimentary Review Copy Provided by Publisher Through NetGalley. I read book one Alpha Trine about 17 months ago and I hated having to wait so long to read book two. This is such a clever and interesting series with amazing descriptions of the vast variety of alien beings. The main three characters are written so well that I was loath to reach the end of the book and leave them behind. However the action, intrigue and love was so intense that I couldn't put it down, so unfortunately I did reach the end after all. I am looking forward to reading book three (which I hope will include The main characters from the first two books)and am now girding my loins for another 17+ month wait.
A free copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Striker is the second book in The Valespian Pact series and picks up the story right where the first book Alpha Trine left off. A bit of back story from Alpha Trine is woven into Striker, so if you really were insistent on reading this as a standalone, you could get away with it. But, I highly recommend reading Alpha Trine first because they are both fantastic reads and together will provide a much better experience of the rich world Lexi Ander has created.
The world building and character building in Striker (and Alpha Trine) were amazing - detailed and imaginative. The author described scenes, locations and characters in a way that I could picture them like a blockbuster movie in my mind without getting too bogged down in the narrative. The story was also full of a lot of exciting action. It was fast moving and never dull (sometimes maybe a bit too fast).
With all that, the best part of Striker for me were the relationships. I loved the further development of the trine relationship with Alpha, Zeus and Dargon. Generally, m/m/m is not to my taste, but this really worked for me. Each of the characters was unique and strong in his own way and had his own challenges to overcome and I adored how they supported/helped each other and forgave mistakes. I also enjoyed witnessing them learning about and dealing with their individual customs and instincts related to mating/commitment and childbearing. Dargon meeting Meme was a kick! The smexy times in this book were fewer and more subdued than in the first, but that was OK with me because I felt that this one was more romantic and explored deeper emotions.
The strong relationship that Zeus has with is adoptive family continued to be a wonderful part of the story for me (carried over from the first book). I enjoyed the theme of complete acceptance and celebration of his differences and how the idea of family was expanded upon in this book.
My two nitpicks remain the same from the first book. There were a few too many typos/grammatical errors for me to easily overlook. When I start watching for them, they degrade my reading experience. And, a few times I lost the thread of the politics/intrigue.
The Valespian Pact series has a lot to offer and I will definitely be reading the next installment (Bespoken) when it is available.
I received a copy as part of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group's DBML program in exchange for an honest review.
This story picks up right where Alpha Trine ends. I would not recommend reading this without reading Alpha Trine first to get the backstory.
Zeus, Dargon, & Alpha have established their bond. Alpha is carrying their kit & they're in the process of escorting the Fal'Amoric back to Valespia when Zeus is transported back to the waters of Poseidon & warned of a trap by his brother Canry. This puts them in a precarious situation due to the timing of the impending birth. Once the kit is delivered, Dargon must stay immobile until the kit finds it's way to Dargon's pouch.
Canry advises Zeus to travel to speak with the crystalline species of Qrxzl about getting the aid of the Feteine, a robotic species who are only available by using the Qrxzl as a go-between. When the Qrxzl attack Zeus, mistakenly believing him to be a hostile human, Alpha is reunited with his oldest son Star Eater. Star Eater helps to heal Zeus & Dargon after the attack & acts as part of a tribunal judge for trying the party guilty of setting up the ambush, but then we don't see much more of him. Perhaps he'll be seen more in a future storyline?
There's a good bit more fighting action as the team travels to Valespia to deliver their important cargo. Canry gets to come out to play & Zeus unleashes Striker. Unfortunately for Dargon, he has to curb his warrior as the kits (yes, twins!) have decided it's time to be born at the most inconvenient time as possible.
In the midst of all the war, Zeus finds himself. He finds love. Love within his Trine. Love within his family unit. (That's been there all along, he just didn't always see it.) Love from the warriors who guard him. (Also been there all along, he didn't see it either.)
I really enjoy the world building in this series. I can see lots of future plot bunnies running around. I enjoy the character building. The message of acceptance.
Editing and continuity errors were present & did take away some of my enjoyment, but was overall a happy read.
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.
A great follow up to Alpha Trine, Striker picks up shortly after the first book leaves off.
Prince Zeus, Dorgan and Alpha (the aforementioned Alpha Trine) set out on their journey to deliver the refuge Fal'Almoric people to their home planet of Vesperia. Along the way, they meet up with Zeus's brothers (Heir Apparent Azaes and Prince Mestor) while trying to avoid detection from enemies of the Galactic Alliance. While on their journey they find that some of their supposed friends are not necessarily aligned with their goals and must overcome setbacks in getting the Fal'Almoric home. From the bug like V'Saar to those who political opposition of some on Prince Zeus's home world, the action is fast paced and continuous.
Ms Ander has created a lush galaxy of worlds and beings to populate her story. From the home world of Atlainticia to the crystalline world of Qestaire, the author makes you feel like you are on these strange worlds. The creatures that populate these worlds and Dorgan's space ship are unique and numerous. Of note is Otho, the L'Eema who as a race have a fascination with explosives and have a propensity of becoming lemming like when they hit the age of twenty.
Prince Zeus is particularly strong as the main protagonist in this story. Newly mated to Dorgan and his symbiote Alpha, Zeus must deal with the self doubt of being an adopted member of the Atlainticia royal family, conspiracies to try to topple his family from power, trying to form a relationship with his birth sister and leading his people into battle against the V'Saar while fighting the need to follow traditions of starting a new family. With the love of his mates and family, Zeus finds the strength to handle all that is thrown at him.
If you are looking for drama and thrills in an exciting sci-fi world, I would highly recommend Striker.
I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review through the DBML program of the M/M R.mance group at goodreads.
I loved this book that had elements of both Science Fiction and fantasy within it. Zeus along with his intendeds Dargon and Alpha form an Alpha trine. Zeus is a Warrior Prince of the Atlantian people and also a foundling taken in. He belongs also to the Fal'Amoric Royal family. Dargon is the Captain of the spaceship Oethra 7, and Alpha is a symbiote that is usually attached to Dargon but can move by itself at times of need. All three are warrior and need to be as they defend freed Fal'Amoric which is a blender race that is able to take on attributes of other races that raise them up or they are mated to. the one problem is that they are similiar in make up to the Terrans (Earth Humans) who sided with the enemy of the races that make up the Valespian Pact. Zeus had been gentically modified to be a decoy bespoken from the Fal'Amoric race when the Fal'Amoric went nomad and into hiding to protect the bespoken on of three royals princes needed to replace the Galatic Emperors who maintain the defenses that protect the rest of the galaxy from the enemy a bug-like race whose venom can dominate the mind of any flesh based sentinent person. these bugs are like locusts on Earth in their voracious appetite destroying everything in its path. A good read that stand well on its own
Let me begin by saying if I could give this book more than five stars I would. It’s so freaking amazing from the opening scene to the closing. I’ve been lucky enough to read every book that this author has put out there and Striker is, so far, the best. There is so much that happens in this story, my head is still spinning. I’m still on a high due to the awesomeness of this entire book.
If you’ve not read a Lexi Ander book, you have not been treated to the visual storytelling from this master. So let me assure you that you are missing out. Ander has a way with words that draws me into a story quickly with likable characters, heart pounding plot sequences, and gripping words. Striker has all of the above.
Striker picks up right where Alpha Trine left off. Zeus, Alpha, and Dargon are still on their way to Valespia with a their cargo of Fal’Amoric royals, though they have been joined by Zeus’s two oldest brothers. But things soon get complicated when a short visit with his other brother sends them on a side trip in a last ditch attempt to find help.
Zeus and Dargon are also having to deal with their impending fatherhood, as Alpha struggles with the pregnancy and his need to protect his Trine. All three are forced to confront old fears and new challenges as they struggle to keep themselves together as the universe seems to be on the brink of war.
One thing that you have to love about this series is the wide breadth of cultures, species, and non-organic sentient characters. I love that this scifi world is not a homogenized version of slightly different colored humans. In fact, the humans play a very small role in this universe.
One thing that you have to struggle with in this series is the sheer amount of ‘aliens’ that you have to keep track of. Because the very thing I love about these books, is the very same thing I struggle with no matter how many times I reread them. I just can’t keep track of all the bloody aliens. I can’t help but feel that this is a story much better suited for a graphic form of storytelling. The wide range of species is great, but having to remember just who looks like what is a bit frustrating when all you want to do is get on with the story.
Other than that, I really enjoyed this book. Probably more than I did the first time around because I wasn’t trying to remember everything so that the various plots made sense when characters would walk into a scene after a long absence. Being able to just sit back and relax, to enjoy the storytelling as well as the story, was better than my first round with this book.
And I loved how the whole pregnancy/childbirth thing is in this book. By far one of the most believable ‘m-preg’ stories out there in terms of biology. Plus that whole scene worked really well to ratchet up the tension in that portion of the book. I am really looking forward to book three (whenever it get written) to seeing how Dargon, Alpha, and Zeus handle being parents.
Because of the way the story was structured, the last third of this book was oddly sedate compared to the middle third. It felt like the climax happened at around the 60-65% mark. The stuff that comes after is interesting and I liked the political stuff, but it was an odd juxtaposition to the whole battle scene that had happened earlier.
This is a very interesting scifi series and this book certainly did the job of creating more tangles for the reader to un-weave as it went along. I am looking forward to finding out who and where the Bespoken is, and to see how this whole conflict resolves itself.
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I had to actually reread the first book, before starting this book because we had to wait so long for it, I wish this book and the first book was all one book it would have been better, because the first book leaves you hanging. But, I loved the first book, just like I loved the second book, and honestly I’m not too good with reviews. So, before I read this book I wrote a whole ton of questions I had hoped to answer, to help me write my review, and see if any of the questions were answered in the book.
The questions were,
Spoiler alert, do not go past if you do not want spoilers.
So those were my questions and the answers I got from the book I had more questions but decided not to put them here I didn’t want to give to much away. I will tell you although I loved the book, some parts dragged for me. I don’t know why, maybe it’s the mood I’m in or something, but some parts of the book seemed to go slower while other parts seemed to be going to fast. That’s odd, but I still loved the book even though I’m going to give it four stars.
Fair warning if you don’t read the first book you may be lost at the beginning of the second book. Parts of the first book is explained as you go through the second book, but not at the beginning of Striker, you would be lost if you tried to start reading Striker with no knowledge of the first book, Striker picks up right were the first book left off.
Now with no further ado, I will leave you to go either read it or not, up to you, but I loved it even with my few complaints and I hope you do to.
I received my copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review through the "Don't Buy My Love" event hosted by the M/M Romance Group on Goodreads.
Quick Note: This is the second book in The Valespian Pact, and you really do need to read book 1 (Alpha Trine) to understand everything that is going on and who the characters are.
Rating: This is somewhere between a 4 and 4.5 for me.
World building: The world-building isn't bad, but there are so many different races that I sometimes have trouble keep it all straight. I also wish the descriptions were just a bit more detailed as I have trouble visualizing the characters and their surroundings.
Main Characters: Zeus, Dargon, and Alpha are a very interesting triad. There is a lot more background on Alpha in this story that really helps to make him and even more distinct character to Dargon. The best part to me was seeing Zeus really act like a Mar'Sari, to the point that it was completely instinct and not conscious thought.
Side/Secondary Characters: There are a lot of characters in this story, too many to really discuss here. It was a bit of a disappointment to me that the Monticore played such an important role in the story, but I felt like they were sort of two-dimensional characters. None of them seem to have names, there is no background offered, they are just soldiers (very elite soldiers, but seemingly interchangeable). I really like Zeus's brothers and parents, they give an interesting insight into how he was raised.
Although this book does not have a cliff-hanger ending, I am really looking forward to the next book in the hope that it ties up some of the loose-ends.
Okay, I have to admit that on several occasions those alien species got confusing (because there were a ton of them) and the political intrigue was so convoluted that I think I'm gonna need a re-read on both of these.
Also, while there is no cliffhanger, OMFG that can't be the end. I think we need to know where Prometheus has been and how he gets (re)united with the Crown Princes and keep the insect-based species from invading the galaxy. I wouldn't mind a story for Maddox & Star-Eater or Zeus' adopted brother and his mentor (that reside in the water with Poseidon). (When I read it I'll get the names because I have no idea how to spell things when listening to the names pronounced.)
Speaking of names, I like how some of them are indicative of several mythological origins and seem to have some characteristics in common with the beings sharing their names.
Finally, I absolutely love the triad aspect of the romance in this book. There is just something about a third sharing space in another's body that really sparks an interest in me. Characters like Alpha (here), Grey (SPECTR) and McLane (Bone Rider) are absolutely fascinating. I blame it on a slight obsession I used to have with SG-1 (Goa'uld) and Star Trek (Trill). In addition, I think I squeed a little hearing about the younglings having to crawl to their incubation pouch after being birthed because it reminded me a little of a kangaroo's gestation process...and a biological male carrying also brought up fond memories of the same process in Alien Nation. (JFC I really watch(ed) a lot of SciFi television.)
I saw there is a third book in the works and I'm crossing my fingers that this happens; I think I want it more than just about any other sequel I've seen planned.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I'll try to do so without giving away too many spoilers.
This book is the sequel to Alpha Trine, which I had to find first before I began. I found it would have been fairly easy to slip into this book without reading the first one, although the experience of the series would have been missing something had I just ploughed on through.
Striker picks up almost immediately after Alpha Trine. Zeus, Dargon and Alpha have become a triad and are expecting. I was pleasantly surprised to see Mpreg outside of fan fiction and enjoyed that aspect of the story. Striker also delves into even more detail with the war of the races and introduces even more aliens in this book. Once again I am reminded of the catina scene from Star Wars, albeit with much more detail. I love that the author has such an imagination and command of her creation.
Striker carries on with the war, the evolving relationship between Zeus and triad, as well as his family. The missing prince Canry makes his appearance and Zeus' origins are explained. More detail about Alpha is also given, and I enjoyed the backstory. It wasn't quite so overwhelming as the first novel, but there was still a massive amount of depth to the book that did seem to make the story drag somewhat. Don't get me wrong, I loved all the detail, it was just so much at once.
I think the main thing I enjoyed, overall, was Zeus coming into his own with his Voldorian family as well as the blending of the triad. And the one spoiler I will include here is that I am thrilled that House Cordyl got its comeuppance in the end, though I doubt that drama is over. I'm looking forward to the conclusion of Zeus, Dargon and Alpha's tale.
(The book was received free in return for an honest review.)
Originally rated 3 stars, but after reading book one, have increased rating. Sept 2014.
Unfortunately I haven't read book one of this series (Alpha Trine), and was completely lost at the beginning of the book. There are quite a few characters and I had a hell of a time trying to keep them all correct and clear in my mind.
That said, once I realized my error and really started to figure out who and what was going on I mostly enjoyed it. I'm sure that if I read book one and then reread this one so much more will make sense and I will truly understand this strange menage of human, alien and symbiote. The characters and world created were unique and inspiring. The author created some very beautiful imagery with her words.
I'm putting book one on my want to read list, believing that this review will probably increase in stars as soon as I really understand and grasp the story. I've completely loved several of Ms. Ander's other works, so I'm sure this one will follow.
Followup review: after finally getting a chance to read book one, I reread this again and now that I was familiar with the characters and plot this was so much easier to read. Increasing my rating to full five stars.