Friday, November 10, 2017

Raising Amalia by Regine Abel [Review]

 Raising Amalia by Regine Abel
Raising Amalia (Veredian Chronicles #0) by Regine Abel
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for review
Date read: November 6, 2017

Veredian Chronicles
0. Raising AmaliaKindle
1. Escaping Fate
2. Blind Fate

Regine Abel
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Sevina has never known life outside a slave ship… until today. At twenty-two, she’s sent to Eryon Valis, a Korlethean slave with whom she must mate as part of their master’s psi breeding program. When a prophecy sets a target on her, Eryon secretly shields her and their unborn daughter from those who would harm them.

Unbeknownst to Sevina, her mother Maheva faces her own emotional turmoil while playing a dangerous game to protect her children from the crew and the twisted Guldan beliefs of their Master Gruuk.

As one tragedy compounds another, will Fate forsake them or set the path to a better future?
Thoughts on Raising Amalia: I did not, by any stretch of the imagination, think I'd ever had even an inkling of sympathy for Gruuk, the slaver who owned Amalia and her family. This book shocked me a little with how much I actually felt for him. It turns out that while his moral compass is a little skewed, he had a genuine soft spot for Amalia before things turned bad. And Maheva, in an entirely different way.

Just so we're clear, there's no HEA in this book. Amalia's mother's unfortunate accident was mentioned in book 1, so her fate was known. Maheva, as a slave, has little chance of finding happiness with the ups and downs of her existence. Amalia, as we know, finds her special someones down the line.

BUT, OH, THE SETUP OF THINGS. Amalia's father. Maheva's relationship with Gruuk. Gruuk's careful planning for things down the line. Sevina and her sisters. Prophecies and uncertain futures.

As always, I'm immensely smitten with this series and the worlds created. SO SMITTEN.

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