05/09/2017 um 06:00
Book review: Grim, M.K. Eidem (Tornians #1)
The blurb: King Grim Vasteri is the strongest and most feared warrior in the Tornian Empire. He is the King of Luda, blood brother to the Emperor and his line will die with him. He will have no offspring for no female would join with him for once he was scarred he was considered ‘unfit’. The Tornian Empire has been dying ever since the great infection caused the birth of females to become a rarity. Since then they have been searching the known universes for compatible females. The Emperor’s discovery of a compatible female on a slave ship changed that. He’d ordered Grim to find his Empress’ home world so more ‘unprotected’ females could be obtained, knowing Grim would never be allowed to Join with one.
Lisa Miller is a widowed mother of two little girls, Carly and Miki. Her husband died just a year ago, after a long battle with cancer and she misses him immensely. Friends want her to start dating again but in her heart, she knows there isn’t a man on the planet she could love like her Mark. Who could love their girls like their own. Therefore, she’ll stay alone.
When Lisa is discovered ‘unprotected’ at her husband’s grave, she wakes on an alien ship heading for an alien world. Refusing to accept this she confronts the large males, demanding she be returned to her children. Seeing his chance to have a female, Grim agrees to accept and protect her offspring, if she agrees to Join with him and only him. Realizing this is the only way she can retrieve her children Lisa agrees and the Tornian Empire changes forever.
Genre: Sci-fi Romance
The verdict: 2/5
I stumbled upon this series early this year while browsing Goodreads for books with strong leading ladies. I was looking for actual science-fiction, the one that doesn’t heavily feature romance, buuuut as I’m a sucker for romance, I gave in. Also, I wanted to know if it really was as bad as the comments said it was. Before I go on, I must add that this book is self-published and obviously the author had no money for an editor or a notion that spell-checkers exist. And I was aware of this as I purchased the book, so I’m not going to hold this against it. As I’m not a native English speaker, I only noticed the more egregious grammar mistakes, and I could read over the typos. The story itself is actually quite gripping, otherwise I might have not finished it, because besides the non-existing editing, the book has issues. Mostly logical ones, but some ethical ones, too. For example, I doubt it highly that any person would appreciate to be kidnapped and willing to leave everything behind as easily as Lisa did. Everybody has friends who’d be worried sick if we’d vanish without a trace. What I really, really liked, and what kept me going besides the struggles, was the relationship that Lisa forms with her hunk of a blue alien-husband. Not the instant-love bit three seconds after they met, but the stuff that came afterwards. They talk things through, they acknowledge that they have different cultural backgrounds and that they just can’t assume things about the other. That was very refreshing to read. The world building was also good and I wanted to know how that royal intrigue would end. All in all maybe the worst book I’ve ever read, but certainly not the worst story.
Take-away: Re-read everything before I hit publish. Use spellcheck and beta-readers to find typos and plot-holes.