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"Cold Mark Saga" book 1
on 5 October 2014
When a tsunami devastates a village on the watery world of Joyal, they make the decision to randomly sent 600 of their brightest and most resilient off world. Surely in a devastated society hoping to rebuild, you'd want the useful people around? Much is also made of how peacefully they live, yet heroine Braita Valorn is only 18 and already fully combat trained.
Braita is taken to the planet Triaz along with 299 of her people. Arriving on the warrior planet, she is soon made aware that she is considered nothing more than a slave, and a lowly female at that. When the warrior Mian display a gruesome test to ascertain which of the human males are worthy to serve as their slaves, she proves that she may be small, but she's fast and skilled enough with a sword to stay alive against a horde of alien warriors.
There were a few holes in the plot, but overall I thought this author displayed potential; creating some interesting characters and landing the heroine in several unexpected situations. This is a short read though; 8 chapters in total and it reads far more like the scene setting chapters of a novel than a novella. Just as the scene is set and the main characters introduced and developed somewhat, the story line annoyingly just stops.