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Outcaste

(Chronicles of Alsea #6)

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Rahel Sayana is desperate to escape the life her parents have planned for her. She runs away to the dangerous port city of Whitesun and becomes an outcaste: a person of no caste and few rights.

From backbreaking labor on the docks to fighting off bullies, Rahel learns the lessons that propel her to the life of her dreams. Happiness does not last. A planetary threat pulls
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Kindle Edition, 520 pages
Published October 27th 2017 by Heartsome Publishing (first published October 9th 2017)
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Marilyn
That was a fantastic read and definitely an all-time-favorite. This book had all the feels. There were tears of joy and sadness, laughter, and some dismay. I think I can safely say that this book was scary good. And I finished it with very mixed emotions. I LOVED the ending, and yet I was super sad it was over. (view spoiler) Rahel's character ...more
Jem
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At its heart, the 6th book in the Chronicles of Alsea series is the story of a woman's quest to realize her dreams against all odds. It is also a story about honor, loss and redemption. The most significant difference from the other books? there is no romantic storyline.

Born of a merchant and a crafter, Rahel has been groomed all her life to take over the reins of her father's shop. But all Rahel has ever dreamed about are the daring feats of warriors and the great adventures of explorers. Her
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Lexxi Kitty
Was excited to see the book appear as a 'coming soon' book. Then annoyed when I saw others being able to read it before I had access. Then took slightly less than a month to actually start to read the book. Two reasons for that delay - I finally noticed that this book focuses on yet more new characters and is, in a way, like Lynn Galli's At Last - specifically the part wherein Outcaste is, like that book, both a prequel and sequel to the series it belongs in ('At Last' starts before the Virginia Cla ...more
Bobbi
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, ff-romance, scifi
After some debate I'd probably put this as my favorite of the Chronicles of Alsea books so far.

The majority of the book follows Rahel from childhood to adulthood spanning the timeline of all the other books and then some. The book later shifts to the POV of a couple characters of past books, so we get a little old with the new, but the book never strays from Rahel's story, who is such a complex character that it's hard to do her story any justice in a review. Let's just say her story is an emot
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Just a man's point of view
Outcaste is a really - and I mean really - good book. Actually one of my all time favorite.
The story of Rahel reaches depths of psichological insight and a richness of emotion I've never seen before in this series, which was nevertheless so beautifully written.
I think this book is somehow triggering. That kind of book you love or you hate, but doesn't leave you indifferent. It's because it is a story of a pitfall, before a resurrection, of a woman with her flaws and weakness, so human and
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Jane Clements
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lesbian science fiction is my favourite genre but it’s hard to find well-written books with interesting characters and fully-imagined worlds. DeLancey is one of the best writers in this genre, so I couldn’t wait for this new book in the series. I love the Alsea Chronicles and this outing was definitely on a par with the best of the previous works.

It’s satisfyingly long, and the reader is deeply immersed in Rahel’s story, covering events from childhood to ‘the present day’ – as that i
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MJS
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve enjoyed all of the Alsea series, though some more than others. This is... sort of a departure from the other stories, in that it features a main character that has not previously been introduced (sort of) and follows her from childhood to adulthood. And it’s quite the ride.

Rahel is the child of a crafter and a merchant but longs to be a warrior. Due to Alsea’s ridiculous caste system (which I’m hoping will be addressed in future books) she has to challenge to join a different caste, but ca
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Alealea
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was a bit hard to get into it at first.
I really had the impression the story was not connecting to the chronology of the others (it wasn't, that was a relief), then I was afraid that the main character was delusional, then that she was making a big mistake and then I realized that I was completely eating the grain from the writer's hand.

It starts slow, but everything was deep and interesting, and sad and beautiful.
As usual I'm a sucker for broken people getting back on their feet.
FD shows
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Tara
The best element of Outcaste is Rahel’s journey, which is excellent because it’s complex, layered, and thorough. We first join her as a child, when she’s frustrated with the path that her father insists she take, and follow her for more than 20 years. We see the sheer grit and determination she has and her willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve her dreams, some of which put her in harm’s way just to keep a roof over her head. And, because it takes place over such a long period of time, i ...more
Elle Hyden
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awesome read. Characters are deep and compelling, but so are all of the books from the Chronicles of Alsea.
Amy
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I am blown away by the story Fletcher weaved into this story and blended into her previous books in the series. If Outcaste does not make you shed a tear, whether from sorrow or joy, you are missing the story.
Cheri
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military, lgbtq, scifi, arc
Fantastic addition to the series. New characters facing new challenges and discovering themselves. Great read! Can't wait until the next book.
Jason
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Always wonderful stories

Always great stories and I always can’t wait for the next one. This is a very good story about the life of our heroine and how to follow ones dreams. Also a story about those who can help you and forgive you along the way.

Looking forward to the next story in this universe.
Penny
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Sascha Broich
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Outcaste tells from the dark side of Alsea, from those outside of the almighty caste system. We learn of the inherent repression of ambitions that don't fit inside it. Of the near hope- and rightless people not fitting.
We too see more of the problems during the alien invasion. And we follow the misguided protagonist on her way from hell to heaven.
BookFiend17
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend reading Outcaste by Fletcher DeLancey. This book made me cry and laugh and have the warm feel good feelings after reading. Sigh. The only thing wrong is that it ended. I’m already wanting to reread at a slower pace to capture anything I may have missed on the first read. While this is an Alsea setting we get to see a different aspect of life on Alsea and different main characters until well into the novel. I think you could definitely read this without having read any of the o ...more
Flowerscat
What is really interesting about this book is that our MC, Rahel, is by no means perfect - you might end up loving her, liking her or being really annoyed/angry at her. Everyone is going to judge Rahel's actions differently because we all experience life differently - and how Rahel responds to certain situations may baffle you or be as clear as a bright summers day.

That being said the writing style and world building in this book is as beautiful as ever, and even if you don't like Ra
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Velvet Lounger
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic, saga, series, fantasy
This is the 6th instalment of the Chronicles of Alsea series and one of the best, which says a great deal given they all rate five stars. While it is a strong part of the series it can be read as a stand-alone because of the slight ‘separateness’ of the storyline. But if you read this first you are going to want to go back and read 1-5; they are just too good to miss.

Outcaste finds 10-year-old Rahel dreaming of becoming a warrior, reading all the books she can find, and longing to be
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Gerda
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m an avid reader of various genres, so I’m not easily taken in: hook, line, and sinker. Outcaste, richly written by Fletcher DeLancey, had me staying up later than usual as my hand kept turning page after page seeking the answers to “how, who, and oh my!” The author was masterful in leading me along the story,s path, but truly, it was a journey. I had to take this journey with Rahel Sayana. Her relationship with Mouse, Ravenel, Salomen, Lancer Tal, other key characters all bear out her weaknes ...more
Diegroblers
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of a young girl (and later, woman) unable to 'straighten up and fly right' so to speak and instead pursues her dreams. Rahel's belief in a future that includes her dreams keep us going when life happens and the devastation when other people no longer has dreams to cling to. Some choices leads to devastating consequences when misplaced loyalty forces her hand. And just when we think she's gotten herself into a an untenable situation, her honour and conviction turns into her rede ...more
Lisa Roderick
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fletcher does it again! So, so good. I love the direction she took with filling in more about Alsea and its underbelly. The plot couldn't be thicker, and I feel rewarded for knowing what I already know of this universe. Just fantastic work! Off to reread it immediately. Can't wait for the next book. Keep them coming!
Kamloth
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Outcaste
By Fletcher DeLancey

The road to hell is paved with good intentions

I was eager and anxious to read the new Chronicles of Alsea - a series dear to my heart. I can’t say that it is my favorite. I can’t even say that I loved it. I like it, that is a given. I will read it again - that is also a given.

Fletcher’s writing is better in this opus, more accomplished - the storytelling has improved in many aspects. The character development - one of the mainstrengths o
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Amisha Patel
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Some of the best science fiction I have read have been written by Fletcher DeLancey. I read and reread all the books in this series so that I could be prepared for this novel. I guess I wasn't prepared enough. This novel blew me away. It introduces us to a new character and yet it ties all the previous characters together. It takes you on a journey that is so heart rending and yet so full of joy at the end that you don't know whether to cry or laugh.
Karen
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read a lot of good books this year and this is easily among the top ten for me. I really enjoyed seeing previous characters from a different perspective as well as reading Rahel's story. Rahel's story is almost two books in one: her youth and her adulthood. She is idealistic and honorable in her youth and in her pursuit of being a warrior. She believes so strongly in Shantu that it is difficult to reconcile him in this book with the man in the previous books.

It's intriguing to s
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K. Aten
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5.0 rating.
Wow, it's not often I'm blown away by the sheer strength of fictional characters and their tale but Fletcher DeLancey has certainly outdone herself with this Alsea offering. I wouldn't necessarily call this a sequel, nor would I quite call it a prequel. It really is Rahel Sayana's tale through and through. I love Rahel for all her strengths and weaknesses. She experienced worst of so many things we experience every single day and on some level I connect with her because of it. S
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Stoppie
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bravo Zulu, Ms Delancey. you've hit another long ball out of the park. I have enjoyed most of titles in this series. This is definitely there with Book One for intensity. This venture introduces a new understanding of the "rainbows and kittens" Alsean perfection, whereas we discover that not all things Alsean are so. To live outside of a caste, to survive without the proper credentials,to not have protection is a disheartening concept in this bright world, particularly when the victims of rigid ...more
Danielle
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Lola Andrews
My favorite since The Caphenon.

It was a bold move to basically restart the saga with a different character, but also a very smart one. Not only is Rahel an extraordinary character, but she shows us the side of Alsea that we could never fully see through the eyes of Andira. Taking us to a new part of Alsea through Salomen was already great, so it's amazing to expand the world through the people that fall through the cracks, exposing the difficulties of the world of the castes.
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Neptune
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For the first 40% of this book, I was wondering why it was listed as the sixth installment in the series instead of a spin-off. Rest assured that if you're wondering the same thing, it all becomes clear in the following 60%! Without spoiling anything, it's very much the sixth book and does not disappoint!! Rahel's story offers a completely new perspective of Alsea, and it's every bit as brilliant and engrossing as I've come to expect from Fletcher DeLancey. There are some GREAT surprises here, a ...more
Shelley
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read the entire series so far and I love it. I like the new characters and that we get to see a part of Alsea that we did not know. I love the insight in how the outcaste lives and the trouble they have to just survive. I like to root for the underdog and Rahel fits that person. She is so strong and clear on what she wants. Her journey was riveting. I hope we see more of her in future books. This book is outstanding!
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Fletcher DeLancey spent her early career as a science educator, which was the perfect combination of her two great loves: language and science. These days she combines them while writing science fiction.

She is an Oregon expatriate who left her beloved state when she met a Portuguese woman and had to choose between home and heart. She chose heart. Now she lives with her wife and son in
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Other books in the series

Chronicles of Alsea (8 books)
  • The Caphenon (Chronicles of Alsea #1)
  • Without a Front: The Producer's Challenge (Chronicles of Alsea #2)
  • Without a Front: The Warrior’s Challenge (Chronicles of Alsea #3)
  • Catalyst (Chronicles of Alsea, #4)
  • Vellmar the Blade (Chronicles of Alsea, #5)
  • Resilience (Chronicles of Alsea #7)
  • Uprising (Chronicles of Alsea, #8)