Synopsis: Raised, but never loved, by the barbarian valley people of Jaydugar, a planet of two suns, young Aleytys has always known she did not belong. Abandoned by her space-traveling mother and barely tolerated by a superstitious primitive tribe fearful of divine reprisals, Aleytys is forced to flee for her life following the catastrophic appearance of a fireball in the sky. Guided by her absent mother’s journals, the young outcast must now journey alone across an unfamiliar world of perils in search of an escape from this planet that holds no hope for her future.
But her pursuit of a spacecraft and the parent who inexplicably left her behind leads young Aleytys instead to the miraculous device that will determine her destiny. An object of unimaginable power—a magical technology stolen from a vengeful alien arachnid race determined to recover it at any cost—the Diadem instantly becomes an integral part of who and what Aleytys is and will be. Once its great energy is transferred to her she will never be free of it, and mastering the Diadem’s wonders is Aleytys’s only hope for survival now that she has become the most wanted woman in a dangerous universe.
Rating: DNF (no rating)
I always try my hardest to finish books if I go through the trouble of requesting them but with this book I just couldn’t bring myself to read any further.
Now I can only judge from what I’ve read so far but this book is obviously shooting to be a sort of fantasy/science fiction mix and that’s fine, it’s why I was interested in the first place; but when the first four chapters have the main character being abused and called the B word so many times it just gets hard to stomach. There’s a difference between a character overcoming adversity and a book just being too overzealous with abuse.
I do realize this book was apparently released originally back in the 1980s so the tone and overall appeal are likely different than what it would be for this generation now, but I just couldn’t even get a feel for the main character Aleytys or the world she was supposed to be in. It felt somewhat Arabic in nature and then with the sci-fi/fantasy elements I couldn’t determine what things I could actually look up that might help me get my bearings on clothing or location or even just the language that was being used. Even the writing was hard to follow because I couldn’t tell if some of the words were for poetic effect or if it was just a language I am unfamiliar with.
Since this is a DNF I am not giving it a rating as usual and there are of course people who I believe might enjoy this book so I still encourage others to give it a try. This was just not to my particular liking.
*I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley from Open Road Integrated Media in exchange for an honest review*