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But the Eggstone isn't just any rock. The Patrol isn't chasing her for the reasons she thinks. And Targon's days are numbered.
Posted August 2, 2012
Priestess of the Eggstone is the second book of The Fall of the Altairan Empire. I didn't read the first book, Nexus Point, but had no trouble picking up the novel and jumping right into the story. Dace is a lively and compelling protagonist with a penchant for finding trouble and fortunately, the wits to get out of trouble. The novel initially focuses on two characters, Dace and her co-pilot, Jerimon, but eventually the cast expands to include a former love interest (Tayvis), Jerimon's sister (Jasyn), and a tarot-card reading benefactor (Lady Rina).
Jaleta Clegg has clean, descriptive prose, and she slips us easily and effortlessly into Dace's head. The pace of the story is generally brisk, but felt uneven at times. It seemed to take awhile for Dace to realize just how much trouble she was in, but the later sections felt rushed, especially toward the end of the novel. The sniping conversations between Dace and Jerimon in the first half of the novel got tedious quickly (as a parent, I can put up with "Did not" "Did too" for only a very short period of time) but mercifully, that tapered off in the second half of the novel. The ending, although it made sense for the story, lacked the heightened tension of most of the novel and felt like air slowly deflating from a balloon.
The novel itself is primarily science-fiction, with a light brush of fantasy through the introduction of the more primitive Sessimoniss race and their god, the Eggstone. I enjoyed the Priestess of the Eggstone and would recommend it for anyone seeking a fun 'Indiana Jones' style adventure through space. I received this novel for free to review through LibraryThing.
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Posted February 8, 2013
I recieved this book through Librarything's Early Reviewers Program.
THe story of Dace and her intergalactic adventures continues. Along with Tayvis,Lowell, and some new faces.
Dace hires a new co-pilot, who then causes them to be hunted by 8 ft. tall aliens with poisonous claws. Leaving a trail of destruction in their wake as they try to avoid the creatures and the Patrol, who are after Dace in hope of recruiting her.
The plot was easy to follow. The characters were likable. I felt that the story got repetitive, as if the author didn't trust her readers to remember what trouble Dace and Jerimon were in or why. We are told over and over again what Jerimon did to get the attention of the Sessimoniss.
All in all, I liked the book. And I'm looking forward to the next installment in the series.
Posted August 29, 2012
I started the book and could not figure out who the target audience was, but when I just couldn't get past chapter 5, I assumed it was written for 8 to 12 year olds, definitely not adults. I got really bored really fast with all the constant "yes you did... no I didn't" type of bickering between Dace and Jerimon... just like 8 to12 year old kids. Then there was the "I said a bad word" or "Jerimon said the same bad words I'd said just a minute before"... I guess it is definitely for a young reader. As an adult I would have rather seen "@#%&/!" rather than "I said a bad word", if the author could not think of the "bad word" and actually use it. I tried to FORCED myself to finish the book, but I'm sorry, I really did have a hard time doing so, really slow reading with the constant bickering, and a plot that just didn't do it for me. I just decided to close the book for good and move on to another book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 25, 2012
STARS This is the second book with with Dace but I did not realize it
when I read it. I like her. She has a hard life and made herself into
rising above it. I can tell that there will probably be more novels with
Dace into the future. I will want to read it. Dace is Capt of the ship
Twinkle and she has a new piolet working with her Jerimon. Dace runs
into trouble all time. Everytime she thinks it can't get worse it does.
She finds out that Belliff the company that hired her and if she works
for them for 7 years she will be owner of Twinkle. Dace does not know
that they are using her ship to smuggle stuff all over. Jerimon is a
handsome flirt. He is in lots of trouble too. He stole a rock and it
ends up being the Eggstone that is worshipped by 8 foot tall Lizard
people that no one really knows anything about them. They destroyed the
ship he was working on last time. Dace and Jerimon end up with smuggled
weapons and jewels on thier ship when the company she works for is
busted. Her boss tries to hijack their ship so he won't get caught. As
they are flying away they are chased by Patrol and then the Sessimoniss,
the lizard are chasing them too and firing on the Patrol ships too. In
that battle the ship gets damaged so they go to another planet to make
repairs. Commander Grant Lowell wants orders Tayvis who works for him in
Patrol to find Dace and convince her to work for him one job on her home
planet for 3 months. He will protect her and get her out of the mess she
is in. Tayvis I gather really liked Dace in the first book he planned to
meet her when he was done doing his time in the service in two years. He
follows Dace and sees all the havoc she is making. He follows his orders
but is trying to figure out a different way to get her out of trouble.
This story is non stop action we really don't see too much of the
different planets and people. It is a engaging novel that I got lost
into thier lives for a bit. Jerimon is not used to women not falling
for him he did manage to give Dace her second kiss. Tahvis was the first
and she not sure what he wants in two years if anything. Jerimon sister
and Aunt end up joining with them to try and find the eggstone so the
Sessimoniss will stop chasing them. The Aunt is a rich gypsey who tells
fortunes and thinks that Dace and Jerimon will be together. I was given
this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Librarything.
Publisher: JournalStone (August 10, 2012) 278 pages
Posted August 24, 2012
This is the second book in the series. I have not read the first, but
quickly found out, it wasn't necessary to get into this one. This story
was fun and sort of reminded me of a Star Trek episode where Picard
lives an entire lifetime of an alien race in 20 minutes. Dace winds up
in trouble and on the run from a xenophobic and reclusive race of
(Gorn-like) lizard people. After arriving at their homeworld, she
inadvertently touches their egg-stone and gains past memories of
numerous priestesses before her becoming their new priestess. She has to
user her influence and knowledge to help her friends and her escape the
clutches of the murderous Sessmoniss. Easy and fun read. I caught only
1 typographical error and 1 confusing sentence which didn't flow. I feel
like I should go back and catch the previous novel in the series and the
next one as well when it comes out.
Posted August 19, 2012
“Priestess of the Eggstone” by Jaleta Clegg was very interesting, but labored. I cannot tell who the target audience is, ten year olds, teens, or adults. It is not at all a challenging read, but I am going to review this as an adult’s book. The book was very descriptive; I could see every second in my mind's eye. In advance, I am sorry about all of the negative points I bring up. I really did enjoy the book! However, by the time a book is for sale, I want it to be finished. This book could be good, with a harsh editor and a few rewrites. I am going to hit the negative points one by one.
First of all, when in a high stress situation, instead of going for it, Clegg wrote, "I swore." Either go for it or leave it out. Some more examples are: "Jerimon ran his hand through his hair and swore." "I said a bad word..." "Jerimon said the same bad words I'd said just a minute before." "I said a few choice words..." It was hard to tell if the author was being prude, or if she could not think of creative enough swear words for the future.
The artificial gravity on such a small ship cannot handle water, but it could hold chicken soup in a bowl? I understand that chicken soup is slightly more dense than water, however I don’t find this believable. Even if it were scientifically accurate, later in the book, the gravity is “doubled” on the ship. Therefore, it is clear that there would have been a way to turn up the gravity, so to speak, and make it so gravity was completely “normal.”
At one point, Dace’s character thinks the following: "We couldn't do anything else, except maybe pray." What are the religious stances of these characters? Is divinity a thing? Do they believe in a god or gods or is Dace just using the word “pray” as a reflex? The author never clearly states what the humans believe, and it makes it hard to completely connect and understand the characters.
Dace calling an item a "drink container" and later just a "cup" seemed ambiguous and unnecessary. Perhaps Clegg was trying too hard to convey the unfamiliarity of the time and place.
When it came to the part when Jasyn was reading to Dace, I found myself laughing. Dace says about the first sentence, "That is the worst thing I've ever heard." The reading from the book is very similar in style and not much cornier than "Priestess of the Eggstone" itself. The only thing making the story cornier than "Priestess" is the goopy romantic bit.
I was exhausted with the constant bickering between Dace and Jerimon, or Tayvis and Jerimon. In fact, by the end, I wanted Jerimon to end up dying somehow so the constant fighting would stop.
Overall, I give this book a C. It has a good story line and was hard to put down, but I often found myself snickering at the writing. If this book had a good rewrite, it could be a good tween book, or if rewritten another way, a good YA/adult read. One of the first rules about writing is to “know your audience.” If Clegg got a strong editor, someone who doesn’t care about making her happy, this book could be a solid B+ in no time. I am interested to read the other books in the series.
Posted August 8, 2012
I am a big science fiction fan going clear back to the mid-1950’s. I like aliens, technology and action. Priestess of the Eggstone has all these and more. The more includes characters that you will like, though they seem a bit “young” in the way they handle relationships and social situations given the responsibilities they each shoulder. But, I decided that young is okay because that attribute allows the characters have more room to grow.
All through my own life I have known people who draw trouble. The heroine is this book is a representation of many of them. That propensity for trouble gives the story the energy it needs to get from one situation to another.
The story uses the interface between people and technology to develop both the characters and the story, which I found really very interesting. And who could not like an intelligent alien artifact thrown into the middle of everything that provides a way for the characters to use their talents?
This is an easy, and very fast read. I liked the story, the characters and hope that this is one of the first of many stories with this character set.
Posted August 3, 2012
It was the first time I had read any of the authors works, and it was a pleasant surprise. For those of us brought up on the "Golden Age" SF, who enjoy "Space Operas" it was fun to discover that people do still write books like that.
This is the second book of an intended series, but worked perfectly well as a stand-alone novel. The plot was well paced, and you came to care about what happened to the characters. This was a nice pleasant read, and did make me want to come back to this series again, if only to see where the author takes it.
As with most space opera, this is more about the characters and plots than about science, and the plot was well thought out, with enough suspense to keep me reading until the end - and enough loose ends to make me want to read the sequel.
If you like good old-fashioned sf, then I would thoroughly recommend this book.