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Dark Horizons [Kindle Edition]

Rae D. Magdon , Michelle Magly
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Lieutenant Taylor Morgan has never met an ikthian that wasn't trying to kill her, but when she accidentally takes one of the aliens hostage, she finds herself with an entirely new set of responsibilities. Her captive, Maia Kalanis, is no normal ikthian, and the encroaching Dominion is willing to do just about anything to get her back. Her superiors want to use Maia as a bargaining chip, but the more time Taylor spends alone with her, the more conflicted she becomes. Torn between Maia and her duty to her home-world, Taylor must decide where her loyalties lie.

About the Author

Michelle Magly is a lesbian writer living in Alaska with her loving partner. She has discovered that the frozen tundra makes excellent inspiration. Michelle currently has one short story, "Heart," featured in the 2012 Understory anthology from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She also released her first novel, All the Pretty Things, in 2013 and will release Dark Horizon in March, both as a collaborative effort with Rae D Magdon. When not writing, Michelle hikes, snowboards, skis, and plays a lot of video games. Aside from her partner, Michelle shares her life with her loving cat. Rae D. Magdon is a writer living and working in the state of Alaska. Over the past few years, she has written several lesbian-themed novels, including Dark Horizons, The Second Sister, and her first published work, All The Pretty Things. She enjoys writing fantasy and science fiction, in addition to modern-day romances. When she is not writing original fiction, she (wastes) spends her time dabbling in (unapologetically smutty) romantic lesbian fanfiction. Her favorite fandoms are Law & Order: SVU and Mass Effect. In her free moments, which are few and far between, she enjoys spending time with Tory, her fiancee of ten years, and their two cats.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 228 pages
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  • Publisher: Desert Palm Press; 2 edition (27 Feb 2014)
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  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic novel from a promising new author 2 Mar 2014
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Dark Horizons is a fantastic new novel from Rae D. Magdon and Michelle Magly. This is the second of their collaborative ventures, the first, All The Pretty Things was deeply impressive, and I would thoroughly recommend it. On every appreciable level however, Dark Horizons surpasses that.

The universe they have created is rich and deep, but the authors manage to avoid excessive exposition, and the story is incredibly fast paced, sweeping the reader up and only setting them down once you've finished the last page. The characters are real, complex, and compelling, their interactions are a joy to explore, especially those of the protagonists; Taylor Morgan and Maia Kalanis. Both are strikingly different, incredibly intricate and well thought out characters, and any scene with them in is a joy to read. Fortunately for us, the readers, every scene contains one or both of these fantastic characters.

Brilliantly written, elegantly composed and beautifully touching, Dark Horizons is the best book I have read in years, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and the Horizon we see at the conclusion of the novel may be dark, but it also contains promise, a great deal of it, I can only pray for a sequel. Consider this book thoroughly recommended; it's a bargain.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Oh the Potential . . . 14 Mar 2014
By The Chibi Marshmallow - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a little conflicted about how I should go about writing this review, or how many stars to give it. So I'll break it down into three sections for people who read reviews and base their decision whether or not to buy a book on those reviews.

Part 1: The Sex
If you bought this hoping to read something that will put you in a "mood" in your own bedroom, look no further! There are a couple of scenes that will have you tackling your significant other as soon as they walk through the door. One thing I love about these author's bedroom scenes is their ability to create a beautiful love scene without the overuse of purple prose. There is a shower scene that was astonishingly beautiful that I thoroughly enjoyed. As for the magic dildo (that a lot of you are familiar with through Rae's fan fictions), some lesbians reading this may be pretty turned off by it. Though I've never been with a man, (so I don't speak from personal experience), the scenes involving the dildo seem very masculine in nature, and I'd go so far as to say extremely close to the real thing. "Futa" works for a lot of lesbians (and male readers), but that aspect of the book may turn a lot of you off to this particular novel. I'm okay with the dildo aspect, but this wasn't my favorite of her/their dildo play. But even if you don't like dildo play, the other love scenes are still very steamy and hot.

Part 2: The Characters
Admittedly, I wanted more. I wanted a lot more. I say this in hopes these authors take it as constructive criticism and continue to improve. I felt as though, like Tess from "All the Pretty Things," Maia was a fully actualized character, but all the surrounding characters fell a little flat. Though Taylor was basically the main character, I didn't find her particularly well fleshed out or interesting, and I unfortunately found her to be immature in a lot of places. I have noticed from reading a lot of Rae's works, however, that this is a fairly common theme. The "doms" tend to be fairly one-dimensional (and very masculine), and the "subs" tend to be very complex, interesting, feminine, and well thought out. This also (again, unfortunately) makes it almost feel like a man/woman relationship, rather than two women. But I may be an exception to the rule; plenty of people like the butch/fem dynamic. So if you do like the butch/fem dynamic (and realistic cockplay), then this book is for you.

Part 3: The Plot
It is with great regret that I say . . . the plot really didn't work for me. But let me give a little context here: I REALLY DON'T like the guard/prisoner plot device for any kind of romantic scenario, so that's fully three quarters of the reason the plot didn't work for me. In my personal opinion, it's because it isn't a sustainable plot device, and it borders much too closely on the brink of Stockholm Syndrome. And although they did a pretty good job of not making it seem Stockholm-ish, some people may view it as such. I felt as though there was something very dire and serious going on in the background (aka, the war), but none of it really came to fruition. There was a lot of potential in the races they created, the back story, the war, all that, but it all went on the back burner to focus more on the relationship between Maia and Taylor. I think the book was kind of indecisive about what it wanted to be: a quality smut book, or a science fiction space opera. I personally would have preferred it if Maia and Taylor never even had sex until after Maia was no longer a prisoner. That would have freed up a lot of space to focus on plot, races, and the war itself, as well as get rid of the possible Stockholm feeling. I think one of the problems with starting a book as a fan fiction is, with a fan fiction, the audience already knows all the lore, aliens, background, etc., but with a book you're creating something entirely new and as such, you have to show the audience all of the aforementioned things. I felt like the ikthians were fairly well fleshed out, but nothing else really was. So for those of you who came to this book hoping for an epic sci-fi adventure . . . I am very sorry to say this book probably won't do it for you.

Dark Horizons Overall: 3 and 1/2 stars
Having gotten through the hard stuff, I will say there is always something incredibly compelling about the writing itself. I read three quarters of it in one night, which almost never happens. I read books pretty slowly. Admittedly, after I got to the three quarter mark, I walked away for a while because I felt a little over-sexed. But regardless, there is just something intrinsically enjoyable about these author's writing style that makes their books darn hard to put down. Of the two, though, I did much prefer "All the Pretty Things."

Now for all you haters out there: calm down. Take this book for what it is - high quality smut. You won't find a better lesbian smut writer in the whole darn world than Rae D. Magdon. And I think with a bit more practice, these two could really deliver an incredible, well balanced plot/character/smut story, because I've seen what they can do. I've seen fully actualized characters and love stories, especially in Rae's Law and Order fan fictions. So some final words: keep supporting these authors and gently encouraging them include a bit more plot because we love that just as much as the smut. And we know they're good at both! I think, given a little more practice, we really can have it all! :D
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I needed a bit more 4 Mar 2014
By Jen - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading this novel I feel a little over sexed. I have erotica burnout. Going in I knew to expect an erotic experience with a sci-fi theme. The problem is that it was way too light on plot. The story starts with Lieutenant Taylor Morgan and her team in a firefight against the brutal ikthians on a foreign planet. During the scuffle Morgan's entire team is killed and she barely escapes with captive and future love interest Maia.

Upon arriving back on Earth Maia is imprisoned and interrogated. Eventually the higher ups decide that she needs better accommodations and a babysitter while they decide what to do with her. Who better to babysit and share living quarters with the ikthian than the Lieutenant whose entire team was just viciously murdered by other ikthians? Luckily Lt. Morgan is pretty even tempered about the whole thing.

I had a few problems with that entire scenario, but my eyes were doing back flips in their attempts to roll once I discovered that there was only one bed and an incredibly uncomfortable couch provided for sleeping arrangements.

Soon enough the sex begins. And look I'm not going to lie...it was hot. Really really hot and very well written. If you've read anything by Rae D. Magdon before then you know she can write incredible sex scenes. My problem is that there were way too many. I can't believe I am saying that because as a reader I definitely lean more towards explicit than fade to black. But somewhere in all of the attempts to show intimacy I became a little desensitized. By the time the last scene popped up I just didn't care anymore and sort of skimmed over it.

I have no problems with the fact that they jumped into bed so quickly or were unable to keep their hands to themselves. I think I just wish there had been more "getting to know each other" in lieu of the numerous sex scenes. As a reader I needed more story, more world building, more character development, ect.

I did like some of the ideas presented. I thought the ikthians were pretty cool as a race and wanted to know more about them. The whole aquatic idea was nifty as well as the pheromones and toxins. More than once I wished we could have seen more ikthian personalities other than Maia's. They were presented as the galactic version of Nazis.

There is going to be a sequel as events were sort of left up in the air. That is a good thing since I feel there is a lot more story to tell. I hope the next one works heavier on plot and the relationship between Taylor and Maia while toning down a little on the sex.

Last thought. I had issues with a few of the plot points (or lack thereof), but I did think that the writing style was solid and very readable. I like these authors and have sought out their work in the fan fiction realm. For those who are acquainted with the Mass Effect universe I think most of these characters will be very familiar. I found myself guessing who each of the character's alter ego was during the entire novel lol.

Overall: 3/5 Good ideas. Needs more more world building outside of the bedroom.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor romance disguised as sci-fi 1 April 2014
By Lost in Denver - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a painfully bad romance disguised as a sci-fi story. The sample did a pretty good job of disguising it, which was unfortunate. The author uses the "and she was drawn to the other woman but didn't know why" technique fairly often, meaning that even the author has no idea why the two characters would wind up together. So rather than building chemistry or a friendship or . . . well, anything, the author relies on "and didn't understand why." This to me is just bad writing, and the randomness of the relationship, combined with an otherwise lackluster plot, forced me to give up on this book before the halfway point.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 2.5 stars This is a fan-fiction trying to be passed off as an original 19 April 2014
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First off I am a gamer who loves to read as well. I read and play mostly stuff in science fiction and zombie genres. Mass Effect being one of the biggest since you can create a lesbian relationship with your character and a squad-mate. Looking for new material I came across this as a friend from the fan-fiction community praised it. Another so called success. I've been unsure as to whether or not to review because of how disheartened I was to find that was not true.

Since the author makes it known on her website that she does fan-fiction as well as original and vice versa, I was dismayed to realize that this was just another 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. A fan-fiction story that was flipped over to be an original, unfortunately the authors left too much of the piece they capitalized their idea from to be identified. Any of Mass Effect gamer would recognize this story for what it used to be.

In some cases they pop a word or two to hide the truth but a youtube clip would confirm the truth. One character states that the ikthian would sleep any alien species. The same rumor and innuendo is true for Mass Effect's Asari as stated by more than one character in the game over the course of three games. There are other places as well but I'm not about to sit here and continue to expound on them. I think the authors should have tried harder to create their own vision without aid of the Mass Effect story build as a their guide.

Is the story a good read? Yes.Is the writing of good grammatical quality? Yes. Does it have some weak plot moments? Yes. Would I recommend it to friends? NO. I paid the price for this book and got the same quality these two women put into the fan-fictions, nothing better...hence I would first send my friends over to their bodies of fan-fiction works and let them decide if they later want to pay to read this or any of their other works.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it. 19 Mar 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderful read. A sequel would be great. It fed my love of sci fi and the adventures were valid to the story.
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