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Priestess of the Eggstone

(The Fall of the Altairan Empire #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Pursued by the Targon Crime Syndicate bent on revenge, the Patrol intent on recruitment, and the Sessimoniss who want their god back, the last thing Captain Dace needs is a handsome copilot with romance on his mind.

It isn't Dace's fault she leaves chaos everywhere she goes. She didn't know Belliff, the company who hired her to courier sensitive materials, is a front for
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published October 22nd 2016 (first published August 4th 2012)
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Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of space opera, romance, the series
Recommended to Katy by: Christopher Payne
Book Info: Genre: Space Opera
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of Space Opera, those who enjoyed Nexus Point, those who enjoy romance

Disclosure: I received a free ebook ARC through the LibraryThing Early Reviewer’s Program in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: It isn’t Dace’s fault she leaves chaos everywhere she goes.

She didn’t know Belliff, the company who hired her to courier sensitive materials, is a front for the Targon Crime Syndicate. She finds out when she steps into the m
Christopher Payne
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: journalstone
It isn’t Dace’s fault she leaves chaos everywhere she goes.

She didn’t know Belliff, the company who hired her to courier sensitive materials, is a front for the Targon Crime Syndicate. She finds out when she steps into the middle of a Patrol raid on Belliff’s offices. The Patrol and Targon both want her. But that’s nothing. Her copilot has an entire sentient species chasing him for stealing their god. The two of them set off on a desperate chase to get the Eggstone god back to avert war with the
Jade Kerrion
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Priestess of the Eggstone is the second book of The Fall of the Altairan Empire. I didn't read the first book, Nexus Point, but had no trouble picking up the novel and jumping right into the story. Dace is a lively and compelling protagonist with a penchant for finding trouble and fortunately, the wits to get out of trouble. The novel initially focuses on two characters, Dace and her co-pilot, Jerimon, but eventually the cast expands to include a former love interest (Tayvis), Jerimon's sister ( ...more
In full disclosure I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.
Dace is finding trouble again, or perhaps more accurately it is finding her. She is now a transport pilot for Beliff Inc. With the opportunity of owning the ship at the end of her contract her dream of being an independent pilot is once again alive.
Dace hires Jerimon to be her co-pilot he seems better than her last one, but when they get boarded by Sessimoniss, eight foot tall lizard aliens who are demanding the return of their God in t
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is the second book with with Dace but I did not realize it when I read it. I like her. She has a hard life and made herself into rising above it. I can tell that
there will probably be more novels with Dace into the future. I will want to read it.
Dace is Capt of the ship Twinkle and she has a new piolet working with her Jerimon.
Dace runs into trouble all time. Everytime she thinks it can't get worse it does.
She finds out that Belliff the company that hired her and if she works for them
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this novel from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

While it is the second book in a series, Priestess of the Eggstone works well as a stand-alone story with plenty of material inserted to explain what has happened previously for those new to the story. This is definitely meant to be an "all ages" story, but it could do with some tighter editing to make it work without inducing eye-rolling among older readers ("I said a bad word").

The main character reads rather like a female ver
Joe Young
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An amazing cast of likeable characters. Fast action with exciting, entertaining story. Would like the back story about what happened to Dace and Tayvis while they were escaping from Dadilan. The strength of character of an small orphan who survived the harsh environment of her home planet, Tivor, after her parents were killed and was able to emerged as a space pilot and engineer from the Academy. She attended the academy based on merit (not payed by a rich relative or political connections). Her ...more
**** Priestess of the Eggstone by Jaleta Clegg is a written in the style of 1950's science fiction. Priestess of the Eggstone is about Dace and her adventures in space. The book begins with someone from Dace's past wanting to recruit her to be in the patrol. Dace is a courier working for Belliff on a spaceship called "The Twinkle" She has a co-pilot named Jerimon Pai. Jerimon ends being nothing but trouble. An alien race called the Sessimoniss are after Jerimon because the stole a religious obj ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
First let me say that this is the second book in the Fall of the Altairan Empire. I received a free ebook copy of The Priestess of Eggstone. I had started the book before I realized that Nexas Point was book one and I had not read it. While this does function OK as a stand along I did wish I had read Nexas Point first.

This is Science Fiction like I like and so seldom find it today. Dace is a great character. She thinks on her feet, is great in any situation, and inspires the people around her. H
Mark Plackett
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a big science fiction fan going clear back to the mid-1950’s. I like aliens, technology and action. Priestess of the Eggstone has all these and more. The more includes characters that you will like, though they seem a bit “young” in the way they handle relationships and social situations given the responsibilities they each shoulder. But, I decided that young is okay because that attribute allows the characters have more room to grow.

All through my own life I have known people who draw tro
Aug 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I started the book and could not figure out who the target audience was, but when I just couldn't get past chapter 5, I assumed it was written for 8 to 12 year olds, definitely not adults. I got really bored really fast with all the constant "yes you did... no I didn't" type of bickering between Dace and Jerimon... just like 8 to12 year old kids. Then there was the "I said a bad word" or "Jerimon said the same bad words I'd said just a minute before"... I guess it is definitely for a young reade ...more
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dace grew up in an orphanage on Tivor and vowed to never go back when she became of age. Once she had a ship of her own, her stupid crew blew it up. Now she was desperate for work and signed up to courier for Belliff, Inc to delivery cargo to Tebros, but once she got on the planet she ran into problems. The agent in charge walked her back to her ship then pulled a gun on her to fly him out as Belliff was just a front for organized crime.

Sector Commander, Malcolm Tayvis was ordered to bring Dace
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was the first time I had read any of the authors works, and it was a pleasant surprise. For those of us brought up on the "Golden Age" SF, who enjoy "Space Operas" it was fun to discover that people do still write books like that.

This is the second book of an intended series, but worked perfectly well as a stand-alone novel. The plot was well paced, and you came to care about what happened to the characters. This was a nice pleasant read, and did make me want to come back to this series agai
Emil Girardin
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the series. I have not read the first, but quickly found out, it wasn't necessary to get into this one. This story was fun and sort of reminded me of a Star Trek episode where Picard lives an entire lifetime of an alien race in 20 minutes. Dace winds up in trouble and on the run from a xenophobic and reclusive race of (Gorn-like) lizard people. After arriving at their homeworld, she inadvertently touches their egg-stone and gains past memories of numerous priestesses b ...more
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another romp, featuring space pilot Dace and adding a second Man In Her Life so she can have even more arguments to mask her emotional turmoil. Here she manages to cause massive disorder on a succession of planets as she discovers that the company she works for smuggles weapons, and the second pilot she hires is being pursued by ravening lizard aliens because he stole a holy relic (which turns out to be considerably more than a pretty stone). Once again she takes an awful amount of physical dama ...more
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
First line:

"The office on Herifon was the same as a thousand other Patrol offices."

This book is a quick, entertaining read. Ms. Clegg told me this was one of her favorite to write and I can see why. Dace is smart and strong but trouble follows her everywhere. And this moves the book along.

Good world building and interesting storyline.

Keep up the good work!

Rating: PG13

V: Fighting

L: No

S: No




Story needs tightening
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, Priestess of the Eggstone, was a very interesting read. It pulls you in and you can't put it down. You just can't wait to find out what is in store for Dace. The ending left you wanting to know more. It was a really good book, I'm so glad I won it free through GoodReads. I would definitely recommend it! ...more
Norma Peruzzotti
Nice read.Interesting in the proposition of characters.They are fun and believable as themselves.Good timing and rithm of the thriller part.
Creative regarding the different worlds.Really easy to read( I did it in 4 days).
It was fun.
Elizabeth Banks
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun, fast-paced space romp featuring a young female pilot who seems to find trouble no matter when she goes in the galaxy. Fans of Ann Aguirre's Sirantha Jax books should enjoy this series as well. Highly recommended. ...more
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“Priestess of the Eggstone” by Jaleta Clegg was very interesting, but labored. I cannot tell who the target audience is, ten year olds, teens, or adults. It is not at all a challenging read, but I am going to review this as an adult’s book. The book was very descriptive; I could see every second in my mind's eye. In advance, I am sorry about all of the negative points I bring up. I really did enjoy the book! However, by the time a book is for sale, I want it to be finished. This book could be go ...more
Opening Teaser

"Captain Dace?"
I glanced up from the stack of papers piled on the table. I'd been sitting in a tiny room of the local branch of the Independent Traders' Guild for the last three days looking for a co-pilot. Out of the thirteen applicants so far, none of them were qualified to tie their shoes much less fly a spaceship. I'd been stuck on Rucal for almost two months, long enough to work out a contract with Belliff, Inc., but their contract didn't include a copilot and regulations req
Overall this was a fun book, I had a few problems here and there but none serious enough to derail the book or my experience reading it. For me this book has the feel of the old style science fiction adventure books I first started out on in the 80 19s and I really enjoyed that.
This is the second book in a series and I did not read the first one. Every once in a while I got the feeling I was missing something that I would have known had I read Nexus Point but the book really does work well as a
Al Gritten
I received this ebook free in exchange for a review. This is an interesting science fiction tale set in an empire that spans space and worlds. Dace desperately wants to own her own ship and earn a living as an independent trader, but there are just a few problems in her way: she has no ship, no money, and has just discovered that the company she is working for is a front for a galactic mob. Now the patrol is after her. If that was the worst of her news she might be able to deal with that. But he ...more
Sep 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story follows Dace in her wish to escape her previous dealings with the Patrol by owning her own ship and having her own life. This starts by captaining the ship Twinkle for the courier company Beliff who turn out to be running illegal items through space and her new co-pilot is running from a species of aliens from who he stole their Eggstone. And until this is returned they will kill anything or anyone in their does not seem to be going in the right direction now does it.

Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Zeresthina Dasmuller changed her name to Dace trying to leave behind the horrors of Tivor behind her. Commander Grant Lowell wants Dace for one mission to Tivor no matter the cost to her physically and emotionally. It's up to Marshall Tayvis to recruit her for Commander Lowell. Dace wants to be free to have her own ship and little peace of mind is that too much to ask for. Jerimon Pai, a pilot, searching for a crew that won't ask too many questions about his past. When both Dace's and Jerimon's ...more
Pam K.
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recieved this book through Librarything's Early Reviewers Program.

THe story of Dace and her intergalactic adventures continues. Along with Tayvis,Lowell, and some new faces.
Dace hires a new co-pilot, who then causes them to be hunted by 8 ft. tall aliens with poisonous claws. Leaving a trail of destruction in their wake as they try to avoid the creatures and the Patrol, who are after Dace in hope of recruiting her.
The plot was easy to follow. The characters were likable. I felt that the story
Lynda Bester
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was not sure what to expect after reading the first book in this series. I didn't mind it but it didn't leave me shivering in anticipation for the next in the series. I finally got around to reading the Priestess of the Eggstone and now wish I'd done it sooner. I enjoyed this one much more than the first, particularly the protagonist. The main character really grew on me as did a few of the other characters. Finding out more about the background of the main character really drew me into the st ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a chapter or two to get into. I liked the bit where Dace was on the alien populated planet best. I've spent a lot of real time dealing with people who seriously believe every conspiracy theory out there. To the point that I've developed a knee jerk suspicion that kicks in with over the top space opera style politics and legal systems. When Dace is off with pure aliens I can get that part of my brain to suspend disbelief easier. Besides, I'd much rather figure out a new alien culture t ...more
Liz White
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
quite a good book once you get into it. I agreed with one of the other comments that she does seem to obsess about being kissed..alot. but once you get past that the basic storys not too bad at all.

now to find the first book, and read the next installment
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