Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Title: Scion Book I: House of Bardin
Author: Miriam Newman
Publisher: DCL Publications
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ISBN: 978-0-9823610-4-7
Genre: Futuristic Romance, Adult
Pages: 100
Reviewed By: Amy J Ramsey/Ramsey’s Reviews/
Rating: 4.5
This is a time when battles are continuously being waged, poverty and slavery are widespread among the planets and Houses of the highest ranks, rule over the lesser beings. On the planet Danalaai, Lela, a beautiful girl with the bluest of eyes and the whitest of skin, is waiting for her father to seal her fate, selling her into a life of slavery. She is an estimated 16, pure and untouched, a bonus for the slavers and more profitable for her family. Now her brothers will be able to afford the much needed armor before they head into battle. This is the way of her race and Lela is prepared to sacrifice her freedom for her brother’s survival. While waiting to be shipped out to the planet Thelona, Lela’s mother places a gift in her hair, a pair of leather hair ornaments, secretly containing a rare herb.
It’s been eight years since she was sold as a sex slave, during that time, Lela has acquired a reputation of being an unruly, rebellious, and unfruitful, slave. She refuses to be dominated by the vile men who want to claim her body; raping, beating, and eventually, impregnating her. Because of her behavior, Lela has once again been placed up for sale, but when, Caius, a handsome man with a physique of a fighter, takes notice of her, Lela senses something different about him. Why would someone of his stature be interested in her? Whatever his intentions, Lela is determined not to make his conquest easy. Will she finally submit to her passionate, sexual desires or will Caius happen to be like all the other foul men, with one thing on their mind … ravishing her body?
Scion: Book 1 of the House of Bardin is an enjoyable and entertaining read. Miriam Newman has crated a vividly touching and memorable tale, of a young woman sacrificing her freedom for her brother’s survival by being sold into slavery and forced to live an unbearable life, as a sex slave to various men. As soon as I read the first chapter, I became immersed within the pages, unable to break free, until I completed the story. The characterization is vibrantly detailed and full of heartfelt emotion, along with a gradually budding plot, which entraps the reader and leaves them impatiently waiting for the next book. I look forward to recommending this book to any reader who has an interest in Adult, Futuristic Romance genre.