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The Starfarer

(The Araloka Chronicles #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  32 reviews
A feisty gatherer with a dangerous heritage and a mysterious starfarer from a mighty race engage in a delicate dance of love, faith, longing and survival, while the sector burns around them!

On a sleepy agrarian planet, Sila Gatherer hides a deadly secret. Until an accidental encounter with a mysterious alien starship changes her life forever. Star Captain Zh’hir Mu’raat i
Published November 16th 2018
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Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Sila and Zh’hir! It was so interesting to see them learn about each other and how to take care of one another. Starfarer is so vividly written that I felt like I was right there on the spaceships with the characters. Loved it!
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
I haven't read that many sci-fi romances and I've noticed that it's a neglected subgenre on my reading list. However, between The Starfarer and the previous book in The Araloka Chronicles, The Mercenary, I've realized that I've been missing out!

I don't know if it's because at the time when I started reading this I was also rewatching and binging on Star Trek TNG, DS9 and Voyager (yes, I'm a Trekkie), but this story read just like an episode from any of these shows. It was all too easy to picture
Space, once the final frontier is now the backdrop for Petra Landon’s THE STARFARER as an accidental kidnapping brings one woman and one alien warrior together in a bond of friendship, discovery and trust unlike anything the galaxy has seen.

Galactic secrets will be unmasked and Sila will find there is more to her than her life on her agrarian planet could ever reveal. She will also discover just how deep the bond she has found with Zh’hir will run. Is he her ultimate warrior hero-the man she has
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, sf
I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review.

What I most enjoyed here are the parts where there was no romance involved! LOL
Yes, I know, the romance was the less inetersting part here and that's trange, but true nontheless!

We're given deeper understanding of why the Ur’quay came back to Araloka space. Why they're a dying race. Also the reasons for their strict mental discipline.

I liked the hero, Zh’hir very much. He was really intelligent and very shrewd. He pondered how every situat
Cheryl La Pa
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-to-read
Loved it! Full of love, loyalty, and friendships, The Starfarer drew me into its sci-fi world, with its different aliens and cultures. I was hooked from the first page, found it easy to read and follow along with the different races and their politics.

I totally fell for Captain Zh’hir and Sila. Despite a rocky beginning, and being different in many ways, their love still blossomed – it was a slow burn, tender & beautiful.

What stands out to me in this book is the deep, real relationships between
Petra Landon
Oct 10, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
The Starfarer releases on November 16, 2018. Excerpt available here.

Available for Amazon Preorder
And on NetGalley -- ARC offered until November 8

Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Note for those who loved the first book: Buy this one, you won't be disappointed! In book 1 there are unexplained references and the reader just knows those stories are out there, waiting to be told. Which brings us to book 2, The Starfarer. The heroine, Sila, was introduced in book 1 as was her hero, the legendary Star Captain Zh’hir. This is their story. It begins before the previous book and catch
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this novel from net galley and the publisher. Thank you!
I have enjoyed Ms. Landon's novels and I was not disappointed in the next tale of the Araloka Chronicles! There are characters in the first novel that appear in this novel and supplies background for the story line. The Alliance is at war with the Empire and bringing other species into the battle. Sila Gatherer is accidentally taken up when a Ur’quay spaceship is searching for necessary sources to help their people. The Ur’quay h
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free ARC copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own.

Yay. Another alien novel with adventure and romance. I really have been looking forward to this book since I read the first in the series, the Mercenary. It did not disappoint. In fact it surprised me how great it was.

These are stand alone books but I recommend reading the first in the series so you understand more of the universe the author has been building. There are many alien spe
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cosmic tale and epic love story...

A glorious tale of derring do in a star system many lifetimes away from here... I have spent some considerable time debating the essence of this captivating book: it is most assuredly a thrilling sci fi adventure with warring parties and a despicable enemy, but underlying the excitement and adventure there is a slow-burning, sweet romance between Sila, a young, gifted woman, accidentally and irrevocably caught up in off world politics, and her Star Captain Zh’hi
J.D. DeHart
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Starfarer is engaging science fiction by anyone’s standard, I especially appreciate how this author balanced a number of vivid and fleshed out characters and maintained an interesting plot along the way.
Breane Ross
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Received an arc from netgalley. Wow! Really loved this book. Now I need to get the first one. Definitely recommend it!
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for a honest review.

I loved this book. What a great sci-fi romance this was for me, I love how the author slowly builds this world so you get lost in the world of Araloka. This book it had everything I love romance, action, adventure, great characters, interesting worlds without overwhelming me. I just wanted to savor this book. I don't know where to start, this book was amazing for me, I just wanted it to go on and on, all the elements of romance wh
Grant Leishman
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Reviewed for The Author Resource Centre by Grant Leishman

I’ve said it in the past, but it bears repeating that; one of the most rewarding parts of being a professional reviewer is the opportunity to watch an author grow and develop within his/her genre. This is certainly the case, for me, with Petra Landon. The Starfarer (The Araloka Chronicles Book 2) is now the fourth Landon book I have read and I continue to watch her story-telling skills evolve and improve. Within her four books, we have tw
Julia Red Hatter Book Blog
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Starfarer puts all other sci-fi romance books to shame. The way Petra Landon seamlessly wrote the sci-fi action and romance together has put The Starfarer in a class of it's own! I'll start off by saying this is the second in the Araloka Chronicles, The Mercenary being the first, and you don't have to read the first one but I highly recommend it! Now that I've said that, let me continue to wax poetically about how much I friggin loved The Starfarer. I'll be honest, I knew I'd love it but I t ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, sci-fi
Nothing to deep but a lot of fun if you like an enjoyable evening with Sci-fi romance.
On My Kindle BR
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: onmykindlebr
I received a free copy of this book and opted to share a review.

What really elevates this novel from being a run-of-the-mill romance are its main characters, setting, and the intergalactic politics. The backstories of the main characters are as interesting as they are diverse, and they provide a different perspective on the war that is being waged against the Ketaari. The setting provides a panoramic view of the Araloka Sector, its inhabitants, and the various spacecraft and space stations. The
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-tbr
Landon has once again delivered.
This is the second book in the Araloka Chronicles, it can be read as a standalone. Though in my personal opinion the story flows better and is more emotionally potent having read the first book.
If you are new to The Araloka Chronicles you are in for a treat!
The world building is spectacular - Landon has built such a complex and vivid universe with this series. The storyline is meticulous and engaging, effortlessly drawing me in and keeping me entertained.
M Hew
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I should’ve read the 1st book in the series, as not having read it affected my enjoyment of this book. There were times when the book dragged for me and times when extra conflict was thrown in that I felt was unnecessary. Overall, the story was good; however, I’m not sure if I would read the other books in the series.
Frances  Dunning
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm devouring this book. I thought The Mercenary was action packed The Starfarer will take your breath away. I don't want this story to end.

This is a must read for anyone that enjoys a sci-fi romance full of non-stop action and adventure. Sila and Zh'hir story is truly brilliant. I absolutely loved them. There is just the right amount of technical data and science that you can imagine yourself transported right into the middle of the action. It was exciting to watch the characters evolve in the
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

So much fun to have my hands on another Petra Landon book. This is the fourth one I've read and I haven't given her a rating lower than 4 stars. The books are so much fun and especially the worldbuilding is so good. It even includes a lot of made up words and little bits of a totally different language. This is the second book in this series and the first one was great to read as well.

A longer review
Behind Closed Doors Book Review
Amount of sex 2 / 5
How explicit is the sex scenes 2 / 5
Story 4 / 5
Overall: 4 / 5

Review: An unlikely pair - a starship captain and field worker meet by accident and start an unexpected romance and adventure. Sila keeps to herself as she can read minds unlike the rest of her Terran species. When she is accidentally transported on to a starship, she finds herself in danger and thrust into a new life. Zh'hir is from a mysterious alien race that is working with the Alliance to rid the galaxy of the e
Space Cowgirl
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Star Captain🐺🍆🌋🔪🔫 Finds His Mate👸

Alien Alpha Male Space Opera with an Adult Romance.💕

What a ride! This book is quite exciting and involved, with a human woman being saved from slavers by Zh'hir🐺🍆🌋🔪🔫, an Ur'quay Star Captain and warrior. He has never seen a human before and she has never seen a being like him!
It's a long book and there are lots of situations that Sila💃💋, the human woman, gets into, and that Zh'hir🐺🍆🌋🔪🔫, the ultimate bad boy warrior, rescues or protects her from.

The Hadari'Ko
Myra Wray
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Once again I have found a good book in this story. I found it hard to put it down until the end. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy.
InD'tale Magazine
An incredible way to escape reality for a few hours that evokes visions of the kind of alien love that makes everyday life appear plain and boring.

Read full review in the 2019 February issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Original review:

This is one of those books I want to update the mark to make it lower after a second thought, but I want to be honest with my first impression after ending the book. As the author claims, this was meant to be a short story that evolved into something else. The same way I prefer a Pikachu to a Raichu, I would also have prefered that this story would have remained in the short size. This second part of The Araloka Chronicles is clearly infer
Jennifer Tooker
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure - I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book by the author but have voluntarily provided a review. All opinions are my own.

Sila’s Story

Sila Gatherer lives a sheltered life on her planet Terra Agri 5. At the far ends of Alliance airspace, her people have mostly enjoyed the protections of the Alliance without the wars and strife that has plagued the other planets in the system. But her life takes a drastic swerve when while on a gathering trip one day she is whisked up i
Boundless Book Reviews
I voluntarily received a copy of Starfarer for review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I think I did this book a disservice by not giving myself a refresher and rereading book one, The Mercenary which I rated 4.5 Boundless stars. In my opinion, The Starfarer really can’t be read as a standalone novel, because even though each book in this series has a different set of main characters with a romantic subplot; the overall plot of the books and the series is a Space Opera. Which is great, but
Happy Booker
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Starfarer is the second book of the Araloka Chronicles. This science fiction story follows book one where Sila and Zh’hir continue and grow to become closer. The reader gets to learn and see Zh’hir more in action saving Sila and her planet, as well as everything else that places the characters into place.

This thrilling story enriches the genre of science fiction with the concept of its storyline being an alien saving the world for a woman he likes. The characters are strong and the plot is f
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
In this segment of the Araloka Chronicles, we are introduced to new people: Sila and the Star Captain. It starts off as a mistake that Sila meets the Star Captain, and understanding and progress is slowly made. It takes some time for Sila to get that she's a "guest" and that the Captain is helping her. Since Sila has an unique gift that has been underutilized and misunderstood, the Star Captain takes on the responsibility to help train her. And I have to say that during the initial few days/mont ...more
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