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Lara

(World of Hetar #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,766 ratings  ·  120 reviews
Welcome, dear reader, to the world of Hetar. A land of Forest Lords, of Shadow Princes and Coastal Kings. A place that is both civilized and savage. Where the social classes know their place, but where anyone can, under the right conditions, advance to the highest pinnacle. This is a place where pleasure is not censured but encouraged; where the ends are justified by the m ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 31st 2005 by HQN
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Sarah Mac
EDIT: After slogging through the next 3 books in this series, I'm sad to report that LARA is the highlight of the Hetar cycle. But I'm leaving my initial reaction as-is to honor the sheer WTFLOLz of this experience. My rec: read this one as a stand-alone, count your blessings, & move on. >__>


***original review***

WTF did I just read, & why did I enjoy it? :D

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
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Coucher de soleil
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Kim
Apr 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so awful, I can't even, oh my god
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
-it's ridiculous
-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
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Peter Greenwell
Sep 07, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I LOLed reading this book. Not because the author insists on calling penises manroots, or that there is cheaply depicted sex every eight pages. No, I giggled uncontrollably because the writing itself is so bad. Her phrasing, her dialogue, her word-choice, the hackneyed plot...it is all terrible. It's like the author ran the story through a Fantasy Novel Generator set to an 11 year old's writing ability and submitted it for publishing.

This is close to being the Manos, the Hands of Fate of fantasy
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Ashley Brown
If you haven't read this book, then don't read this review! lol I really enjoyed this book at the beginning but later on, I started to get annoyed. Lara just kept telling everyone her story and it came off boastful and repetitive. When she enters the Outlands, she's too showy. She steps up and has the answers for everything. Things fell into place too neatly and it seemed only Lara was the one who could save everyone. Like everyone else wasn't smart enough. I was annoyed with how parts of the bo ...more
Monica
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings about this book. It is a fantasy romance novel more emphasis on the "romance" although I'm not sure that some of it really qualifies as romance. I needed to read a book set on a different planet and this book takes place on a planet called Hetar. It is a cross between a medieval world/magic world with mythical creatures. Women are treated horribly of course and men are brutes. Lara is a half-faerie girl who's own father sells her into slavery yet she is completely fine with ...more
Cathy
Aug 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why did I hate this book so much? One word sums it up: manroot. Possibly the worst euphemism that I have ever been unlucky enough to read. I swear the sex scenes are so unsexy, it almost ruined my actual sex life.

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
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Teagan Clarke
Apr 18, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could pretty much sum this book up in one word- manroot
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
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Shelley
Even though I love this author this story was a little to far fetched for me. I like to stick more to her historical romances.
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
This book was wild from start to finish and I enjoyed every second of it. You can tell Bertie had fun writing this one. Lol
Julie
Sep 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lara has been sold into slavery by her father. For most young women in the world of Hetar, this is a disaster that brings about nothing but fear and sorrow. For Lara however it is but the very beginning of her adventure.

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
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Cindy
I didn't hate this and really there were some aspects that were really nice (like the world building), but overall this was one of the weakest books I've read this year.

Lara is the daughter of a faerie mother and human father. Her faerie mother leaves her and her father (for reasons that become apparent later in the story) and the father eventually remarries. Lara grows into a lovely young woman and the stepmother eventually convinces the father to sell her for service in the Pleasure Houses so
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Jodi
May 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read, kindle
I don't know what I was expecting with this book as I haven't read a Small novel in years but I was pleasantly surprised. The world is Hetar. Lara is a half faerie/half human born to a mercenary father who aspires to greater things. Her mother had left her when she was an infant but left her with a spirit guardian. Her father, desperately needing money, decides to to sell his beautiful daughter to one of the Pleasure Houses where she can be trained as a courtesan. But the Pleasure Houses start f ...more
Mary Helene
Mar 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Porn. This really doesn’t fall in the romance category; romance requires relationship and there are no romantic relationships here until page 377. I was about to totally dismiss this book when I noticed an odd little something: the inner voice the heroine hears. In 50 Shades of Gray (a comparable book) the inner goddess seems to be a symbol for listening to your gut. This inner voice (Ethne) is instead the inner God, saying “You are loved, you do not need to be afraid, no matter how bad it is, I ...more
DKC
Feb 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Now that I've slogged my way through all 6 books in the series (more or less - you can't blame me for skipping through patches just to keep my large intestine from leaping up to strangle my brain, a la Grunthos the Flatulent), I feel I can give a better review, based on the perspective of the whole. Or do I mean hole ?

Since this is a review that looks at the series in a general, over-arcing way, I will try to hide spoilers for the rest of the books, for those that insist on subjecting yourselve
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Ab
May 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mrs. Small wrote these kind of books before: the innocent female lead gets raped first by someone, but she puts this experience quite fast behind, and moves on with her life. This girl might even fall for her rapist. Nothing new here.

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
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Kate
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book although I found that the author kept repeating the SAME STORY OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER regarding the main character and it was annoying. Aside from that it was interesting.
Minna
Possibly, the worst book I have ever read, although 50 Shades is riiiiiiiiiiiiiight up there.
Why did I finish? I am still not sure. Stubbornness, I suppose.
Ann Mayburn
Slow and over complicated.
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Tiffany Day
Aug 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Small was one of the first romance authors I fell for but her newer stuff - and the fantasy business - just falls flat for me --- couldn't finish
Elizabeth Shrum
I've read some of negative reviews on here and I agree with the sentiment that how Lara is treated at first is appalling but it is presented as appalling. The other reviewers seemed to miss that point.

So here is the basic story line. Lara is a half fairy girl who learns both what love and sex can be at their best and at their worst. If you arent comfortable with the idea that rough sex play can be enjoyed by some then you probably won't enjoy this book. In her travels Lara meets a bunch of magi
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Shasha
Oct 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book, barely. So many times I was fed up with the flat characters, the rape, the odd adjectives used to describe genitals, the culture, etc.

I had no idea where this story was going so I kept reading. Was this supposed to be funny? Because the flowery language and cliche naive girl (ignorant, not stupid) was amusing at times.

I really could not get behind the idea that she was fated to be raped so she could understand what love wasn't. Ick.

mature content (rape, menage, multiple p
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juanita breckenridge
Great Story.

I gave this book because it has wellwell-developed characters and storylines. They are fascinating and intertwined and separate at the same time. Also, this book stands alone as a novelist. The cliffhanger was tasteful and interesting. In short , I looooove this nook
Jan Matsumoto
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of this series

Beatrice Small does not disappoint as all of novels, it's always intriguing. I don't usually read sci-fi or fantasy novel, this first of the series is very interesting. Can't wait for next of this series.
Jen Ponce
Feb 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not finish this. I'm tired of books that make it seem like the heroine is in charge of her own fate while being used and treated like an object. Sex trafficking isn't sexy, and it isn't okay even in a fantasy setting.
Ew.
Boo.
Hiss.
Josephine
It was okay but reading was not smooth it felt static. But the story line was worth continuing to read to the end.
Leigh
It was an okay read. I don't think I will read the rest of the series though.
Claire Scott
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series! It's unique and sexy.
Ronda Thayer
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful!

I'm in love with this book. Bertrice Small pulls you into this wonderful world and brings it to life! A must buy!
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Bertrice Williams was born on December 9, 1937 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, the daughter of Doris S. and David R. Williams, both broadcasters. She studied at Attended Western College for Women and Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School. On October 5, 1963, she married George Sumner Small, a photographer and designer with a History Major at Princeton. They had a son Thomas David. She liv ...more

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