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Skoria #2

A Slave in Skoria

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Jason has settled into his strange life on the world of Skoria as the beloved pet and telepathically bonded lover of Captain Aedar Rictus, a cyborg pirate. Being the world's only human makes him a hot commodity, though, and when a local lawman sees his chance, he seizes Jason from Aedar's protection, intending to put him up for sale.

Jason wants nothing more than to escape and make his way back to Aedar, so when one of the lawman's slaves--the gorgeous, catlike Snow--offers him a way out, he jumps on the chance. Snow soon proves more than the simple slave he seems to be: he is a boy who has lost his own name, a friend in a hostile world…and, possibly, a link in the telepathic chain that binds Jason to Aedar.

76 pages, Kindle Edition

First published March 4, 2013

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John Tristan

7 books86 followers
I'm John, and I write gay romance, usually with a SF/F twist.

As for reading, I will read pretty much everything you put in front of me, but I will always have a special love for all genre fiction. I'm of the firm belief no story can't be improved by an elf, dragon and/or spaceship or two!

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Profile Image for Vivian.
2,847 reviews398 followers
April 16, 2013
Love me some action! This one takes off and gets our heroes Aedar and Jason into some new, exciting, and dangerous places. Let's just say that shore leave turns out to be more than Aedar or Jason expected.

New character additions--Kira is adorable and lovable and effuses that sexy kitten come hither vibe. And the ending--Awesome! But you're going to have to work for it. Unfortunately, the beginning is rocky and I can imagine a couple readers giving up part way through. The comma fairy in particular seemed to have been set loose in chapter one and flung them everywhere. Luckily, this is quickly resolved and the plots starts to move and by the time your in Freetown there's no looking back.

I guess I should mention that this is a kinky book so there are elements of exhibitionism along with the slavery and if you're the kind of person that polyamory just isn't your thing then this maybe a pass. Everyone else, plow through the awkward transitional beginning and enjoy.

Recommended to sci-fi loving polyamorists.

Favorite quote:
With Aedar’s hand on the leash, steering me, I was never afraid, even in the middle of a wild, alien world.

Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews
~~A copy was provided to me for a No Glitter Blown review~~
Profile Image for Kathleen.
1,397 reviews123 followers
Shelved as 'dnf'
November 8, 2019
NOV 2019: I DNFd this one early on and returned it. It appeared to be headed into BDSM territory, in which I have no interest. One might argue it was more than just master/slave, which I like in some instances. I might give it another chance down the road as I loved John Tristan's The Sheltered City and The Adorned.
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2,362 reviews70 followers
September 22, 2020
Although this was a different adventure from the first book, it really is just a continuation of the story. I really enjoyed both of them and hope there will be more stories of Josh, Aedar, and Kira. I love how they feel each other’s orgasms during sex.
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1,802 reviews129 followers
June 4, 2016
Excellent second story from John Tristan in the Skoria series, far more depth to this one. Jason and Aedar's adventure continues. They become separated and the cat-boy Snow is introduced to the mix.

'I'd made my choice to stay with Aedar, and until that moment I hadn't regretted it. Now, with his presence ripped from my mind like a scab from a wound, I was marooned - deeper and farther out than any luckless sailor had drifted. I'd seen Aedar drowned in that awful light. Now he was gone, maybe even dead, and I was more of a stranger here than ever.'
Profile Image for JustJen "Miss Conduct".
2,276 reviews155 followers
April 15, 2013
Review written for Hearts On Fire Reviews - 3.5 stars

When I chose this book, I did not realize it was a sequel, so I held off and read the first book, A Stranger in Skoria, which I recommend doing, as you’ll need the background to understand things.

In this segment, which is also told from Jason’s point of view, Adear, or Captain Rictus, and Jason are happily enjoying their relationship as lovers, as opposed to owner/slave. Aedar decides to treat Jason to some pampering in the Freehold, a sort of city. Unfortunately, someone betrays them and they are attacked. Jason is taken from Aedar. His new captor, Gharim, has plans to sell him to Bashar rei Uldor, who is sort of the King and also Aedar’s enemy (Aedar was a slave of Uldor until he won his freedom, losing his arm and eye in the process leading to him now being a type of cyborg).

Lucky for Jason, he finds an ally, Kira, a slave of Gharim, who offers to help him escape if he takes him with. The story continues on with Jason and Kira’s adventures of trying to return to Aedar, who has been sent on a while goose chase directly towards Uldor.

A main theme of this story is the mindlink Jason and Aedar share. It is more so unusual due to the fact that Aedar was supposed to have had this ability taken from him by Uldor. Thus far, Jason has been unable to contact Aedar through the mindlink, though he realizes he also shares on with Kira. Without giving too much away, they join forces to reunite with Aedar.

Neither of the stories in this world are very long, nor are they extremely detailed. But, they are quite an enjoyable fantasy. The writing is smooth and consistent with the previous book. I half expected Jason to wake up at the scene of the accident back on Earth only to find he dreamt the entire adventure. Such was not the case, however. I recommend this to anyone looking for an easy-going, not-too-in-depth fantasy.

Profile Image for Mandi.
695 reviews42 followers
March 8, 2013
2.5 stars rounded up to 3. I still love Jason and Aedar, and it was awesome to visit with them again and get caught up in their adventures. But I was totally bummed that the book became an m/m/m romance at the end. (not that I had anything against Snow, but I adored the first book. I wanted to see my couple happy together, not happy together with another guy)
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1,164 reviews34 followers
March 15, 2013
I am disappointed with the twist at the end and I don't know if I will continue this series because of it.
Profile Image for Katherine.
2,661 reviews7 followers
December 1, 2017
This story still feels decidedly bland. I did't connect with the characters. I didn't connect with their romances. And their concerns about their plans and futures are brought up as both the most concerning thing, and something to be brushed aside, so I couldn't connect with that either. Really just a story that happened.
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1,205 reviews5 followers
October 7, 2022
I'm not usually a fan of adding a third to a relationship after a couple has already been established in another book, but this 100% worked for me 🥰 As with the first book in this duology, it would have made an excellent novel if it was fully fleshed out IMHO, but was still unexpectedly enjoyable as a short story.
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1,324 reviews105 followers
December 15, 2013
I was looking forward to reading more about the 2 MCs. Sadly, the plot was rather predictable and stole some of my excitement. That is to say, I was happy to read more about Jason and Aedar's adventures but it wasn't anything surprising.

We get to learn more about Aedar's life and how he comes into the wares he sales in the markets. There is a subtle hint early in the story that Aedar and Jason too might be interested in a threesome with a Tari but at the time choose to explore other means of pleasure. Being the oddity that he is on Skoria, Jason is kidnapped to be sold to Uldor, Aedar's former master. This leads to new adventures, Jason proving to have courage and initiative. And there is also a new acquaintance being made. I wasn't sure whether the mind connection to Kari as well as the friendship growing between Jason and the Tari was just added so it would make the threesome more interesting. Either way, I wasn't bothered by it. I wouldn't have minded a couple more scenes between the 3 men but the one scene right at the end was nice enough.

Like I said, it became pretty obvious Jason would be kidnapped or that something would happen to him, prompting Aedar to come to his rescue. Kari was a nice bonus but again, not something completely unexpected. All in all, it was worth the read. Might be even better if a third installment ever comes along.
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