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The Salarian Desert Game

(The Unintentional Adventures of Kia and Agatha)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  16 reviews
What if someone you love gambled on her life?

Games are serious business on Salaria, and the stakes are high. When Kia's older sister, in a desperate bid to erase their family debt, loses the game and forfeits her freedom, Kia is determined to rescue her.

Disguised as a Salarian, Kia becomes Idaro in order to move freely in this dangerous new culture. When she arrives on Sal
Kindle Edition, 232 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
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*****Originally posted here on my blog. Not a bad follow up to book one. Contains spoilers******

I was soo happy when I found out we were going to see Kia (and Agatha) in action again, since The Occasional Diamond Thief. (Which coincidentally, I review almost around the exact same time last year) And while we do not get to see really Kia utilize her occasionally needed formidable skill set, The Salarian Desert Game actually depicts Kia stealing something that is very tip of the hat worthy. Kia st
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in a series, and I think it would help to have read the first in order to have the world building context, especially related to the OUB. There are also a number of references to that book, but they aren't spoilers.

This book takes place a little while after the first ends. Kia is still 16, and is now in school studying translation and interpretation. She's in a desperate spot as her sister has lost a bet and been committed to a period of indentured servitude that she may
Joy Weese Moll
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Salarian Desert Game is the second installment of the story of young interpreter Kia and her language-challenged client, Agatha, a diplomat. The first book, The Occasional Diamond Thief, introduced us to a multi-planetary society where differences in geography and history produced a variety of cultures.

This time, Kia and Agatha are off to a desert planet with important mineral resources. Their official business is rather murky, but Kia’s secret reason to take on this mission is very concrete
Michael Mardel
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Salarian desert game by McLachlan is a fast-paced story, mainly in the searing heat of the desert. Kia agrees to go to Salaria as Idaro with her end goal to release her sister from slavery. Before this can happen, she meets her supposedly grandmother who is estranged from her daughter, Idaro's mother. Various people along the way help her though she loses one in an explosion. Kia's Select friend, Agatha, needs the interpreter skills of Kia and together they help bring about peace on Salaria.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On the desert planet of Salaria, games are taken very seriously. Losers in the Salarian Desert Game are required to spend several years as an indentured servant/slave in the crystal mines to pay off their debt. Kia is a translator for the Order of Universal Brotherhood (sort of like the religious police). She is determined to go to Salaria to rescue her sister. Just before she is ready to leave, she is ordered to accompany Agatha, as her translator, to Salaria. There has been a vision, so the mi ...more
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You can find my review of The Salarian Desert Game on my scifi & fantasy book blog.

In summary: I'd recommend The Salarian Desert Game to any reader who has no prejudice against science fiction or YA novels. It's a great read. However, even though it stands well on its own feet, I would also recommend starting with its predecessor, The Occasional Diamond Thief.
Edwin Downward
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A solid follow up to The Occassional Diamond Thief. Strong characters become stronger as they face all that is thrown at them.
Julia Smith
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I want more!

Kia is smart, brave, and charismatic. She is put into impossible situations and somehow manages to hang on. I want her in my triad!
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
In my review of Jane Ann’s first Kia and Agatha novel, The Occasional Diamond Thief, I said that Kia learns the truth about herself by learning the truth about others.
This trend continues in The Salarian Desert Game.
Kia, not long returned from her adventures on Malem, is translating at The Salarian Night Games, a form of high stakes gambling, in which losers agree to indentured servitude in the Salarian crystal mines until their debt is paid.
Her sister plays, and loses, and Kia, though prevented
Anne V.
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kia is a young girl, a talented interpreter asked to go undercover for a mysterious and powerful agency, but the timing means she has an undercover agenda of her own that may get her killed. To complicate matters, there is also the deadly desert game, the outcast civilization that she did not even know existed, much less that they were after her, and the reality of a planet that may kill her before she can succeed at any of the tasks she has taken on. How can she rescue anybody, when she is in n ...more
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received a free copy of this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

I have really enjoyed this series so far. This is science fiction that is more focused on social issues and politics than about technology, although an interesting bit of technology will crop up every now and then. I like that so far each book in the series in on a different planet with a different culture, each troubled in its own way. This book tackles slavery, class separation, terrorism, religion, identity a
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An amazing sequel to THE OCCASIONAL DIAMOND THIEF. McLachlan once again puts you into the heart and mind of Kia, the reluctant heroine. I'm still amazed at how the author's able to create a character that's knowingly flawed but that you still root for. Kia's latest adventure takes place in Salaria, a desert planet. The intricacy of the world-building astonishes me. All the physical details and political plight seem genuine and well thought out.

THE SALARIAN DESERT GAME has a big twist to it since
Bethany Swafford
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Interpreter and former thief, Kia sets off to Salaria, takes on a Salarian identity, and trains to join the high stakes game on the planet, all to save her sister, who was paying the price for a bad decision.

I'd forgotten just how much I adore Kia. She's a tough, stubborn character, who always seems to end up doing as those around her wish despite her best efforts not to. Agatha, too, was delightful, though not as involved directly as the previous novel. With many secondary characters, each one
Sarah Burrows
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well I got a sneak peak of this book because I bought The Occasional Diamond Thief when it first came out as a promotional that was offered. I loved the fact that Kia had to grow more in this book. What would you do for family or someone you loved very much. Kia journey to another planet; one of the harshest planets in the solar system, Kia has to take on another hard task to save someone she loves. This book is very fast past and I cant wait for the next journey that Kia will take us on. Thanks ...more
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Received book from a LibraryThing giveaway

At first, I was somewhat confused about who was who by all the character names, then it all came together. I never completely understood why Idaro's mother and grandmother weren't on speaking terms. I enjoyed the chapters where the fifteens began working together. My favortite fifteen was Kayo.
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J. A. McLachlan (also known as Jane Ann McLachlan) is a multi-genre Canadian author. She has ten published books: Three Historical Fiction novels, The Lode Stone; The Sorrow Stone; and The Girl Who Would Be Queen; IMPACT: A Memoir of PTSD; a short story collection, CONNECTIONS (Pandora Press); two College texts on Professional Ethics (Pearson-Prentice Hall); a science fiction novel, Walls of Wind ...more

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