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by Auryn Hadley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Epic Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Slow Burn RH
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
Down and Dirty
Sal’s epic journey continues with over 1400 pages of sweeping narrative and addictive adventure… not to mention a hefty dose of romance! Free on Kindle Unlimited.
What is it about?
(Blurb from GoodReads)
WAR, HEARTBREAK, MORE WAR…AND UNBREAKABLE DEVOTION
Auryn Hadley overlays a compelling sci-fi action fantasy with an emotionally charged reverse harem romance, setting the heart-warming experience of everyday community against the heart-wrenching reality of war—and the loss it causes. The Terran emperor’s war to eliminate the iliri progresses, and Salryc Luxx has risen from army private to assassin to queen of all iliri. But the unthinkable has happened within her pack, and she must rise above unimaginable grief to lead the liberation of her people.
Always exciting, as well as sexy, and action-packed! Romance readers will thrill to the reverse harem idea that pushes the boundaries of epic fantasy in this groundbreaking series that may remind some of Avatar without the scary beasts. Fantasy readers may find it reminds them of Game Of Thrones, but happier, with more color. And fans of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern will find Sal’s planet Ogun a thrilling destination for their next fantasy fix.
Note from the Author
Each book is a complete novel, not a cliffhanger. And because the iliri have insatiable and exotic sexual instincts, this set may be unsuitable for humans under 18.
Thoughts on The Rise of the Iliri: Books 4-6 (Box Set)
This is where things really get heavy and deep. The game has truly begun and the players are finding their places on the board of life and death… and not everyone will make it to the other side.
In a sweeping epic such as this, the Hero’s Journey is one that takes a road few others can walk, beginning from the dredges and rising to the highest of heights… before plummeting to the depths of despair once again. Here, in the middle, is where we crash into that despair, and it’s brutal. ALL the books in this collection have their fair share of love and pain, yet Book 5 actually made me cry… even as a reread. I KNEW what was coming, and still I wept. Such is the power of Auryn Hadley’s writing, and why I know I will read this collection again and again.
It’s painful, it’s beautiful and so very addicting.
Just two of my favorite lines:
“She said not hurting is not the same as not caring if it hurts, and knowing the difference is what makes you a man.” (29%)
“The ripples of our actions matter just as much as the actions themselves. I know that a little too well. I just want to make sure my ripples make things better.” (97%)
- A true Epic Fantasy with a solid helping of Sci-Fi.
- Beautifully written.
- The characters come alive and feel like friends… or enemies.
- Here, you really start to understand the Iliri.
- It’s an exquisite pain, wrought from true emotional writing.
- Sal. Enough said. Just Sal.
- Over 1400 pages!!
- It really is painful… and I mean it.
- Trigger warnings for Rape references and violence. This is not a ‘con’ for me, but should be noted.
- Minor editing issues.
- POV switches are not always immediately clear, but smooth none the less.
Third Person, Multiple POV
Each are Episodic
R (18+ ONLY)
Ummm…. right now? MMMF
Character Age Range
Final Verdict on The Rise of the Iliri: Books 4-6 (Box Set)
Clear your calendar and get comfortable because this Box Set is fully immersive, dragging you through the world of Ogun while slapping you around with both emotion and action. It’s amazing, wonderfully written and deftly crafted – and perfect for ANY fan of epic fantasy. Free on KU!
Published May 13th, 2017
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What are you reading today? Have you read this yet? How about other books by Auryn Hadley? Leave a comment, I am desperate to talk about this series!