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After I read the online version of Without A Front I was so looking forward to the published version and its prequel The Caphenon And now I m absolutely thrilled and in even greater anticipation of the next two books in the Chronicles of Alsea The Caphenon is an awesome book but for romance books fans such as I am the best is yet to come After I read the online version of Without A Front I was so looking forward to the published version and its prequel The Caphenon And now I m absolutely thrilled and in even greater anticipation of the next two books in the Chronicles of Alsea The Caphenon is an awesome book but for romance books fans such as I am the best is yet to come Edited after re reading Fletcher s stories are always well written, and this is no exception I loved her Voyager series and the online version of Without a Front, so I eagerly awaited these, but wanted to wait and read them all together I enjoyed this, but it s still not my favourite Though it does improve after re reading the others because so many of the storyline s are woven from here and it s impressive I found the ongoing descriptions of Alsea s history and the differences in technolog Edited after re reading Fletcher s stories are always well written, and this is no exception I loved her Voyager series and the online version of Without a Front, so I eagerly awaited these, but wanted to wait and read them all together I enjoyed this, but it s still not my favourite Though it does improve after re reading the others because so many of the storyline s are woven from here and it s impressive I found the ongoing descriptions of Alsea s history and the differences in technology and lifestyle between the two races a bit tedious after awhile, and although important, wasn t that invested in the Voloth attack I m sure Sci fi fans who love action stories would find that storylineinteresting than I did What made this story for me were the relationships between Lhyn and Ekatya, and both of them with Andira separately and together , and Lanaril s interactions with both Andira and Lhyn I wishof the story had focussed on those aspects, but what was there was wonderful and I loved the richness of what transpired between them all This lays a great foundation for the books that follow 4 stars Between the near perfect Past Imperfect series and Without a Front , I was rather skeptical the author could squeeze another compelling tale out of that universe that we all haven t read before I am kinda wary of re writes and edits for publication sometimes they re marginally better, sometimes they turn out worse as when short stories or novellas get stretched out, but this is just so surprisinglyperfect Alsea is a fertile planet with a thriving but non spacefaring civilization who li Between the near perfect Past Imperfect series and Without a Front , I was rather skeptical the author could squeeze another compelling tale out of that universe that we all haven t read before I am kinda wary of re writes and edits for publication sometimes they re marginally better, sometimes they turn out worse as when short stories or novellas get stretched out, but this is just so surprisinglyperfect Alsea is a fertile planet with a thriving but non spacefaring civilization who like us, gaze upon the stars and wonder if aliens exist They get the surprise and shock of their lives when their first close encounter ever is when two alien ships duke it out over their skies Fortunately, the right one is obliterated, and the surviving aliens appear to be their saviors But the joy is short lived, as the Alseans discover that they are a highly coveted prize in an interstellar political tug of war And if the wrong guys win, its curtains for life as it is on Alsea.This book can stand proud beside the most popular mainstream sci fi works in terms of the science part of the fiction The rich, complex world of Alsea and the religious, social and political norms of its inhabitants are well delineated The details on the physics of space travel, weapons, battle strategies and staging, political alliances elements so essential to sci fi world building were all there but not dumped on the reader in a way that will make one fall asleep What makes it a better read than the typical sci fi thriller is its accessibility The expositions are sprinkled in well timed doses and worded so as to engage rather than bury the reader in technobabble But what really makes it appeal to us ordinary readers is that underneath the sci fi exterior lies a beautiful and very powerful story of love and friendship amid a gripping tale of survival of apocalyptic proportions Plot wise, after the initial excitement and mini battle, things kind of simmer down a bit, as the book takes some time with the world building and character intros I was initally thrown for a loop as some major characters were transplanted from the old series but with somewhat similar names but different circumstances, so this was also a good time to get reacquainted with them and figure out their relationship dynamics in this book The lack of action and conflict during this portion and some of thetechy stuff may discourage some readers, but stick with it, the second half is such a gripping read you won t want to put down the book till the end Aside from the inter species conflicts, the book delves into a number of complex personal, moral, ethical and spiritual conflicts experienced by the main characters while carrying out their respective duties, and whether the ends ever justify the means These philosophical and personal struggles are what elevate the book far above the usual lesfic or sci fi fare Another noteworthy aspect is the author s depiction of the two women protagonists Type A leaders, brilliant, headstrong, honorable torn between loyalty, friendship and their inner moral compass, and their impossibly complicated relationship view spoiler Am I the only one who wished these two got together instead I can t remember a book with two unforgettable protagonists, and the one time it happens, they re not meant for each other hide spoiler But the best thing about the book is how incredibly entertaining the very complex story is truly a hallmark of a great storyteller My only quibble and it s a pretty lame one, at that is with the cover The lighting shading on the Caphenon is off, making it look too shiny and toy like, rendering the whole scenecartoonish that it should be.5 stars Brilliant DeLancey is a genius I don t generally read sci fi but was a Trekkie fan so can relate to life on board a starship and the structure of command needed to train a crew What blew me away in The Caphenon was the world building Alsea and the empathic Alseans are so well drawn you feel like you are right there, on ground, worrying about protecting the planet, these gentle or not so gentle if you insult one people and discovering their belief systems and way of life.I would recommend Brilliant DeLancey is a genius I don t generally read sci fi but was a Trekkie fan so can relate to life on board a starship and the structure of command needed to train a crew What blew me away in The Caphenon was the world building Alsea and the empathic Alseans are so well drawn you feel like you are right there, on ground, worrying about protecting the planet, these gentle or not so gentle if you insult one people and discovering their belief systems and way of life.I would recommend this book to anyone You will be drawn in by the relationships and the world Delancey has created There were times when I was thinking a whole wiki could be designed as there is so much fascinating cultural information here for all you nerds For the rest of us, the author has kindly included a glossary so you can keep your bondmates and your tyree sorted out.Excellent read One of my favourites for 2015 There are so many interesting social dynamics in this story I cannot wait to see where it goes in the next books in the series Once I got to the 50% mark it was a hard to put down page turner that led to two nights of not enough sleep Consider yourselves warned This is definitely one of my all time favorite reads It is even better the second time around I am sure I will read this again and again Now, on to Outcaste I love Andira Tal.The main theme of the story is that the most technologically advanced civilization is not necessarily the best civilization.This idea is not shown as explicitly black or white as, for example, in Avatar, yet we found in the planet Alsea a highly moral society, while the Protectorate, the confederation of high evolved planets in charge of the order of the galaxy falls short of expecations because of its tendency to judge, to protect its own privileges and to serve its own prof I love Andira Tal.The main theme of the story is that the most technologically advanced civilization is not necessarily the best civilization.This idea is not shown as explicitly black or white as, for example, in Avatar, yet we found in the planet Alsea a highly moral society, while the Protectorate, the confederation of high evolved planets in charge of the order of the galaxy falls short of expecations because of its tendency to judge, to protect its own privileges and to serve its own profits.The alsean population is very rich of traditions, religious and spiritual beliefs, it s technologically very advanced, expecially in medical field and in nanotechnolgy Also it s a free society and, because of their peculiar empathic powers, higly respectful of their neighbor s feelings The community is subdivided in an ordered system of castes, based on the natural tendencies of individuals, like global corporations Not too perfect, but still a good place where to live.The story begins when the Caphenon, a Protecotrate startreklike starship guided by Captain Serrado, crashes on the planet while defending it from a malevolent, conquest aimed, alien population.We follow three strong women, three heroines Ekatya Serrado, captain of the Caphenon, Lhyn Rivers, genial scientist of the Protectorate, and Andira Tal, the Lancer, or world leader, of Alsea.On one side there are Ekatya, Lhyn who is also scretely Ekatya s lover and mate and the remaining crew of the Caphenon, on the other Lancer Andira Tal and the Alseans she leads.The adventure then is a pinwheel of happenings while the two groups of heroes learn at first to know each other and gradually come to mutual respect and like, they work together, face a great danger together, and eventually come to love each other in true friendship.The book is so complex and yet the reading is so flowing, enjoyable and easy That, for me, is a proof of its high quality.Now, is this book really a lesfic For a very large part it is a wonderful adventure where two of the leads just happen to be lesbian.But in the last section, Ekatya and Lhyn learn something really important and beautiful about their love and there is an important turn toward the romance.And also Andira Tal but I don t want to spoil.Last but not least, the book is really about the wonderful character of Andira Tal, so noble, sacrificing, generous, emotionally rich, the true heroine and symbol of her planet.She is strong like a thunder as a front line warrior, an intelligent, smart politician and yet, secretly, a total sweetheart Such a lovely contrast, all in one person.Did I already say that I love Andira Tal .FREE PDF ♶ The Caphenon ♠ A split second decision to save a civilization Another decision to give it away Captain Ekatya Serrado has spent her career fighting the Voloth, who view less advanced civilizations as fuel for their empire The choice between saving her ship or a world under attack is easy The choices that come after are harder Lancer Andira Tal, the leader of Alsea, believes her people are alone in the universe until a gigantic spaceship crashes near her capital city Now she is thrust into a struggle between two powerful forces, and her planet is the prize With a civilization and the galactic balance of power at risk, friendships and alliances may not hold against betrayal Honor is easy when the stakes are low Terrific book I ve already said so but it bears repeating Fletcher DeLancey is one hell of a storyteller.In The Caphenon we are introduced to Alsea, its inhabitants and the changes that come with an alien ship crashing on the planet I thought the story dragged a bit in the beginning, but soon things start to pick up and it s nearly impossible to stop reading I m pretty sure I had to hold my breath several times during the second half There are plenty of brilliant fight scenes and emotional Terrific book I ve already said so but it bears repeating Fletcher DeLancey is one hell of a storyteller.In The Caphenon we are introduced to Alsea, its inhabitants and the changes that come with an alien ship crashing on the planet I thought the story dragged a bit in the beginning, but soon things start to pick up and it s nearly impossible to stop reading I m pretty sure I had to hold my breath several times during the second half There are plenty of brilliant fight scenes and emotional scenes and moral debates It s awesome and extremely well written.Now I m super excited for the next volumes Salomen, I heart you and I miss you.Also, my birthday is only in December, but I m already accepting some Scholar merch.4.5 The revised edition is absolutely wonderful The story grabs you from the very first chapter as you are thrown right into a battle After that, it is a wonderful exploration and introduction to a world where gender roles are non existent, and empathy is front and center Ethical and actual battles lie ahead. 4.5 stars An excellent beginning to a Star Trek like series I loved everything about it, the characters, the alien culture, jargon, science part of it was well thought out.I especially like how the story is mainly approached from the view of the aliens Very few humans show up in the story And it all is presented in a very compelling way I rooted for Alseans all throughout the book, it s, in fact, impossible to dislike them due to their emphatic nature I don t want to spoil too much about t 4.5 stars An excellent beginning to a Star Trek like series I loved everything about it, the characters, the alien culture, jargon, science part of it was well thought out.I especially like how the story is mainly approached from the view of the aliens Very few humans show up in the story And it all is presented in a very compelling way I rooted for Alseans all throughout the book, it s, in fact, impossible to dislike them due to their emphatic nature I don t want to spoil too much about that but the empathy angle was used excellently The plot kinda falls into ye old greed of humans trope like so many stories featuring aliens do Avatar flashbacks or any native American vs the white man movie ever But it didn t bother me too much in this case There s so much of quality world building and a good dose of excellent characters that it balances out There is some romance in this book but it s definitely not the focus It was done well though and tied in nicely with the empathy plot line Overall a great read and I m definitely grabbing the sequel