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The Temple at Landfall

(Celaeno #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  752 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Lynn feels more like a prisoner than the chosen one of the Goddess. Her transfer to another temple provides her with a chance to taste a little freedom, but all does not go according to plan and her dull life is shattered by the dangers and choices that await her.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Bold Strokes Books (first published November 28th 1999)
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This is a review for the entire series. Possible mild spoilers ahead, mainly because I feel the book blurb is too bland and generic to generate any excitement, much less interest in the entire series. I admit I've known about this series for years, but haven't gotten the urge to start it until my GR friends did and loved it.

This series laid down an astounding premise--possibly the most original in lesfic. A pre-industrial all-women society has found a way to procreate with the help of psychicall
Lex Kent
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was really good. Rangers is still my favorite so far, but this would be second. It was nice to have the characters that are your favorites from Rangers in this book too. I'm reading the books in Chronological orders, just started The Walls of Westernfort now. I am so happy to read in this order, the story really flows. I'm glad I didn't go with the order they were written in or the stories of the Rangers, my favorite characters, would be all jumbled and as a reader you would know the outcom ...more
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Goodread kept throwing this book at me based on other books that I adored so I decided to give it a go despite my doubts about the female world thing.

At first, it seemed I'd done well listening to the recommendations. I was loving the start of the book. While the world building didn't feel that amazing, it seemed well enough and Lynn was pretty likeable. The first action scene we get was well written and had me excited about the book.

And then suddenly it feels like the author decided she needed
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, 2016-read
3.5 stars. Nice fantasy world building. It hooked me right away. I really did like all the characters, and hated the villains as it should be. The action and battles were well done and easily pictured in my mind. It has a touch of SciFi elements but I'm undecided if it worked or not.
It is confusing to figure out what order to read this series. In some book blurbs it's labeled as #1 and others it's #3. When I come back to the series, I'm planning to read #2 Rangers - it sounds the most appealing
Frank Van Meer
The first book I've read by Ms. Fletcher was Wolfsbane Winter, another fantasy novel. It had all the staples of the genre, but near the end, she gave me some tantalizing hints about the world before the demons came down. No way around it: that world was 21st century earth. I found that highly intrigueing, but it wasn't given much thought as the ending slammed all doors of a possile sequel shut.

I was setlling down with The Temple at Landfall with another fantasy novel in mind. I must admit, there
Just a man's point of view
It's been a surprising book. A wonderful construction of a world and an enthralling reading.

Unfortunately there isn't much to say about it without touching a major spoiler (view spoiler)
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is one nice serie and pretty interesting world that came to life with this book.
I started with it, because I like following the publication order.

I love the science fantasy subgenre and JF pulled it off pretty well.
There is one hilarious last chapter that is definetely worth checking out on this thematic.

I read them all almost a year ago and kept a nice fuzzy feeling from it. And since that's what I needed, I gave it another go and don't regret it.
Each volume is build on the same unive
Megan EM
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm going with another 4.5. The previous book was a little more exciting but this book gave me more insight into their world. It's also a nice start to what I am hoping is a big throw down between heretics and the sisters in the coming books. I guess I'll see.
I never did read the first book. I think I'll have to circle back once I finish these.
Lexxi Kitty
This book stars Kim Ramon, the heretic, and Lynn NoLastNameAllowed, the holy-chosen-beloved-of-Celaeno aka slave of the Sisterhood.

This book is both the first and third book in the series. Published first, in 1999 and called ‘The World Celaeno Chose’, it is also the third book chronologically in the series. And that does actually matter. The chronological thing – because the books do build upon themselves. It’s true the main characters in the ‘first’ book, chronologically, don’t matter a hill of
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short review: Even after I decided to buy the e-book, it took me literally weeks to get past the first five pages. Out of experience, I just had almost no faith in lesbian genre fiction. So much of it is so poorly written and conceived. So when this book started off like it did, I just kept huffing and going "What is this? Magical DNA splicing? In a fantasy book? Where they actually call it DNA and everything? Really?" Finally, I convinced myself to shrug that off and keep going. I paid for the ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Great book! I am so glad I read it because it is a rare gem indeed. And this applies to both book 1 and 2. Very ambitious premise but the author pulled it off marvelously. My thanks to Jem and Frank for their fantastic reviews and recommendations (go read their reviews and be convinced to read this too! :p), because I would not have read this book otherwise and that would be my loss. In short, amazing read, wonderful writing, lovely romance, the only thing that needs to be changed is the cover. ...more
Apr 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Another great series from Fletcher. Every time I reread the Celaeno series a little part of me wants to be whisked to their world. But that does not mean that I would ever live in a commune on our world :)
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
After finishing Rangers at Roadsend , I knew I wanted to read more of Fletcher's works. When a good sale came around, I bought almost all of her stuff in one go, although it was a while before I got around to reading any of them. The Temple at Landfall turned out to be just what I needed to help get me out of a bit of a reading slump.

One of my biggest issues with Rangers at Roadsend was its pacing. I'm happy to say that the pacing of The Temple at Landfall was much better, at least during the
Lo Ross
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SO SO SO SO SO GOOD. Beyond intricate, suspenseful, love the characters (also hate some, rightfully). Well worth the read. It was suggested to read Rangers and Roadsend first and I'm glad I did. ...more
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of Jane Fletcher and she hasn't disappointed me yet with her novels. I love the world of only females that this series takes place in. What I like the most however is that each book has a unique storyline and strong characters but yet in the same familiar world from the other books. Often when I read a book I find myself wondering what a characters story would be like that you only meet briefly. Jane Fletcher gave me that and I'm truly greatful ...more
Binky Bowberg
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The outstanding first book of the Celaeno series. Every book is captivating.
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really like all Jane Fletcher books. Therefore my suggestion is, you should read all her books :)
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Gosh I just have so many thoughts about this book, nitpicks and faves aplenty. All in all I did NOT expect to like it as much as I did, and I like it a LOT.

First the good! When I realised this was a book about a planet full of women my heart kinda sank because I couldn't help but be afraid it would be full of terf bullshit. But we're safe on that front. The explanation behind the planet's makeup made sense, and while it was as ciscentric as expected of a novel written in 1999, it was handled wel
Stephen Poltz
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a real surprise. It starts out as a slow, mediocre fantasy and quickly turns into a fast-paced, action-packed, lesbian science fantasy dystopia. Yeah. I found it gripping and very well written. It’s about a planet of all women who have developed psychic gene splicing by special gifted women called imprinters. They also do psychic cloning of animals and psychic healing. A strange religion has grown up around the imprinters, a sisterhood, which was reminiscent of my Catholic school e ...more
Wayne Spiceland
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesbian-s-f
As usual, I’ll assume anyone reading this has already checked out the book’s plot summary on Goodreads, Amazon, or elsewhere. Since others have extolled some of the virtues of the The Temple at Landfall, maybe I’ll have a go at a few of the detractors.

First, the romance: Some have complained about the briefness of Lynn and Kim’s time together before they’re separated. Personally, I think Fletcher quite adequately shows their growing attraction, albeit subtly, and there is more than enough time
Jul 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: qr
It's not exactly that it's a bad book, but I can't say it was okay either. I will only mention that I am very confused as to the reasons to have a world populated entirely and only by women (what about trans folks, if nothing else?) that reproduces the exact same dynamics as a world entirely shaped and primarily (publicly) populated by men. ...more
May 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
A good read, altough i would have preferred more interactions between Kim and Lynn in the first part of the book to help develop the chemestry between them.
As it is, it felt a bit forced to me.

I've been reading in chronological order, and thus far i'm really loving this series, although the total lack of physical description in the characters is quite annoying.

The sci-fi aspect is useful to justify the worldbuilding, but could have defenitely been shorter.

May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This author's story gets better by the page. I am floored by her imagination and length at which she weaves it. Most especially the epilogue... That was just ingenuis, I got to a moment that I thought I was in the story...a character albeit in the backdrop. ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a rather refreshing fantasy/sci fi novel. In a setting where there are no men, the typical plot would revolve around that fact, but this wasn't the case.

Instead, religious fanatism seems to be the main theme, and it's done very well.
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
- possible spoilers -

I enjoyed this a lot. I found the politics of the world engaging, and the systems put in place to operate a female-only society were interesting to think about.

The romance was OK. I wasn't completely captivated by it but I didn't hate it either. I thought it was poingnant that the ending played into the theme of humans always finding ways to subjugate each other even if we're as similar as humanly possible (literally). That rings true, there'll always be a reason.

One criti
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fem-fem
This is a great series. Characters are largely Butch, and their partners seems to be (maybe less butch) Very interesting premise – an all ‘female’ society… although with such strong (male energy) in so many of the characters, it didn’t FEEL to me, like an all-female society; Most of the characters may have all had the female parts, but the male energy seemed to be dominant in the characters. Great story, well developed. NOTE: I strongly encourage any reader to read it in chronological order, rat ...more
Dec 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: lesbian-fiction
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The Temple at Landfall is a light, entertaining science fiction story with a fantasy feel. It’s also set on an entirely female planet.

Lynn is a chosen of the Goddess, blessed with the ability to Imprint DNA and thus create new life. But from the age of twelve she has been locked inside the temple, guarded by the sisters, and given no choice as to her own life. When she’s to be transferred to another temple, Lynn suddenly gains a measure of freedom and soon a choice that could change her life com
Mar 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: britain, abandoned
I originally picked up this book because the concept of a planet of only women intrigued me. How would a society, in the absence of sexual duality, organize itself? It was at university that I was first introduced to Herland, a short book that featured a society with entirely female population that becomes discovered by a group of men. It was then that my curiosity was first aroused in this idea.

In this book, The Temple at Landfall, I was hoping to find the idea expanded into a story about a who
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesbian-fantasy
I love the whole series (aside from the last one/ the first one chronologically). I’d recommend reading them all. A great story, and very well written.
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Jane Fletcher is a GCLS award-winning writer and has also been short-listed for the Gaylactic Spectrum and Lambda Literary awards. She is author of two ongoing sets of fantasy/romance novels: the Celaeno series—The Walls of Westernfort, Rangers at Roadsend, The Temple at Landfall, Dynasty of Rogues, and Shadow of the Knife; and the Lyremouth Chronicles—The Exile and The Sorcerer, The Traitor and T ...more

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Celaeno (5 books)
  • Shadow of the Knife (Celaeno, #1)
  • Rangers at Roadsend (Celaeno, #2)
  • The Walls of Westernfort (Celaeno, #4)
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