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Posted September 29, 2014
This book caught me off guard with how much I ended up enjoying the story. With that being said, it did feel a bit confusing at times, but I think that could just been because I haven’t read anything by this author in the past and didn’t completely understand this authors writing style.
I did enjoy the characters throughout the story because no matter how minor of a role they had, they were still given an amazing personality and ability to keep you drawn into the story. I did end up enjoying this book more than I thought that I would, and I loved how the main characters were both strong and not willing to compromise until it was necessary.
I did feel a bit confused, but I think that might be because this is the second book in the series. I do plan on going back and reading the first book at some point in the future, and I will also be sure to look into other books by this author in the future.
*Copy provided for review*
Reviewed by Crystal Marie for Crystal’s Many Reviewers
Posted August 9, 2014
The rawness and realism that Fawcett weaves into her story makes it exceptionally credible. In this world, Humans are little more than pets and are treated as cattle. It was telling that Kedric saw Myia as a savage, due to her way of life, when even though his people were more advanced and scientifically inclined, it was this beautiful little savage whose abilities saved him in the end. The idealist in me, believes that her father, who set Myia upon Kedric’s path, knew in spite of all evidence to the contrary that she could use her shaman ability to heal his soul and heart.
Myia is so very well written and though she has her own internal battles and scars she is able to really shine and when she heals, you can feel the warmth from the page! I had to stop and check myself as I suspected the little savage had managed to heal me as well. I can honestly say that this is probably one of the most pure of heart heroines that I have come across in a very long time. You want to console her when she believed she would never heal his soul. You want to protect her and club Kedric over the head when he is mistrustful or wants to turn her out. Luckily he could not banish her if he tried!
The tale is a suspenseful one with multi-layered resolution. There is no telling formula for this book, you are forced to let go and just wing it and see what will become of these characters. I found it refreshing and sensual, there was such beauty in their coming together. I knew I was a goner when I found myself googling Highland temptress and amateur seductress apparel…(Don’t judge. See. There. Hey you. Stop that judging!) heh heh.
As beautiful as the love story turns out to be. It is not without its atrocities, none less so than when we relive the horror of being captured through Kedric’s eyes:
“Imagine you are a gladiator in the survival race. The last thing you remember is a blade across your throat. The next is reawakening on a table with your arms and legs strapped down.”
He gripped her hand, preventing her from backing away farther. His eyes went wild. His breathing labored. This was not the man she knew…some ugly, hidden demon from within had taken over.
“Imagine a Hyborean’s scalpel cuts into your skin just above your wrist restraints. The monster takes hold of your flesh between its leathery fingers…your flesh burns while it’s peeled away from muscle. You scream…as you watch yourself get skinned alive. No Myia, you’ve no idea what it’s like to be scared.”
The passion simmers and then boils over…o-ver…let’s just say big hearted Myia, the tawdry little savage (sarcastic snort) does a little….dance for Kedric that is…uhh….memorable. Ahem.
Make your next read this Romancy, sci-fi, paranormal and a smidge of historical content love affair! The returning couple from Survival Races Book 1, Captive, Addy and Max make an appearance and I have moved their book to the top of my TBR pile!
Eeeeh! I struggle to find a criticism. My chief complaint- that it ended. What I needed more from- nothing!
Posted January 16, 2014
Five stars for K.M. Fawcett's FEARLESS, a passionate, beautiful, and gripping fantasy romance.
I'm going to blame my recent insomnia on the amazing, fascinating, and intriguing books I've read recently. Last night I sat down to reread - slowly - K.M. Fawcett's Fearless (The Survival Race Book Two). I knew that Fearless would be a book I didn't want to read on deadline, so I put off sitting down to "really" read it for a few days till I could clear my schedule.
My intent was to read a little last night and then finish it early this morning. Instead I read and read and read it last night, not closing the cover on my Kindle till the last page was turned. What an absolutely fascinating story!
If you haven't read K.M. Fawcett's The Survival Race series yet, I'd advise you to start with the first book, Captive, as you'll want to know what transpired, even though Fawcett is quite adept in letting the reader know the high points of what had occurred previously. But this is a new world you should be introduced to from the beginning, the world of Hyborea, where aliens abduct humans to serve as gladiators or brood mares for their amusement.
Unlike Captive, the majority of the action for Fearless takes place on an island that the Hyboreans can't reach, so the island's inhabitants are essentially free. However, even amongst the free there are those in society who seek to force their will on others, and the opening of the book shows an assault by the warlord/king of a Highland community on a small village, where the menfolk and their mates are abducted.
Kedric, the warlord, is in search of men to fill his army for a planned assault on the Hyboreans. As an escapee from their freezing cold city and the son of someone who 'loves' his Hyborean master, Kedric's feelings towards this master race are antagonistic - to put it mildly. Myia, a shaman-in-training from the village he assaulted, is charged by her shaman father to seek Kedric out to heal him, before their community and way of life is destroyed.
Myia makes her way to Kedric's kingdom, which is quite technologically and medically advanced to her lowland eyes. Her skill as a shaman is to enter into the body of someone and heal their soul. The first person she attempts to heal, a guard at the gate, does not react well to this foreigner's spirit virtually entering his body and assaults her. When Kedric first meets her she is both unconscious and bruised, but his immediate reaction to her as a woman, even in that condition, is telling.
I found the growing romance between Kedric and Myia, once they were able to admit their mutual attraction, quite beautiful. Fawcett is someone who is able to not only convey the evident physical passion, with some steamy encounters, but also the soul-deep quality of true love. Wait for the description of Miya's dance for Kedric. Quite a highlight within the story. It was wonderful to see the return of Max and Addy from book one and to catch up on their lives too.
The concept that someone, a shaman-in-training, who could mitigate the aggressiveness that causes war and the desire to harm others was quite beautiful. I could only wish that we could duplicate that, in truth, in this world too. For those of us looking to role models, Gandhi and the Dalai Lama, among other spiritual leaders spring to mind. Perhaps we should all take a few moments each day to contemplate that. (I think Myia's soul healing ways transcended the page!)
I deeply admire Fawcett's ability to create and instill this world of Hyborea with life and a reality that jumps through the page. This really was a story I could not put down and now just want to read more, more, more from this new - and highly talented - writer.
So, in conclusion, I will highly recommend that if you like fantasy, paranormal, and/or historical romance (yes, there is a historical element to these books too), or just a truly fabulous love story, that you add K.M. Fawcett's The Survival Race to your must-read list.
I'm awarding five stars to K.M. Fawcett's Fearless, a passionate, beautiful, and gripping fantasy romance.
I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley for use in this review.