Keir (Redemption, #1)

Keir (Redemption, #1)

by Pippa Jay

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A demon waiting to die...
An outcast reviled for his discolored skin and rumors of black magic, Keirlan de Corizi sees no hope for redemption. Imprisoned beneath the palace that was once his home, the legendary 'Blue Demon of Adalucien' waits for death to finally free him of his curse. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise.

A woman determined to save him.
Able to cross space and time with a wave of her hand, Tarquin Secker has spent eternity on a hopeless quest. Drawn by a compulsion she can't explain, she risks her apparent immortality to save Keir, and offers him sanctuary on her home-world, Lyagnius. But Quin has secrets of her own.

When Keir mistakenly unleashes the dormant alien powers within him and earns exile from Lyagnius, Quin chooses to stand by him. Can he master his newfound abilities in time to save Quin from the darkness that seeks to possess her?

Book One of the Redemption series and part of the Travellers Universe. Previously released by Lyrical Press Inc. 7th May 2012

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152166064
Publisher: Pippa Jay
Publication date: 05/07/2015
Series: Redemption , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 475 KB

About the Author

After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and supernatural stories to engage the emotions. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment looking after her chickens, creating cosplay for humans and dolls alike, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 25 years and three not-so-little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a triple SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), the 2015 EPIC eBook awards, the 2015 RWA LERA Rebecca (2nd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place). 

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Keir 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
lexcade More than 1 year ago
Number one, Is that cover not seriously hawt? All right, moving on to an actual review. *Glances at cover one more time.* OK, I think I'm ready now. I. Loved. This. Loved it. It's some of the best science fiction I've read in a while, with two incredibly different main characters who discover that they're not so different after all. Yes, there are alien races, yes there are other planets, but deep down, what I love most about this book is that it's a book about people. Keir has been ostracized his entire life because of his blue skin. Otherwise seemingly normal, Keir has been forced to hide in the shadows, scavenge for food, and fend off attackers since a young age. As a result, he's incredibly distrusting. When he first meets Quin, he's being held in a storage room, a beaten and battered prisoner. The pair manages to escape, leading them down a road where Keir finds not only acceptance, but a deep, abiding love. Of course, that's not all, and you're gonna have to read the book to find out. The world(s) Pippa creates are wonderfully done, each having its own customs, lore, and geology. Nothing felt...contrived, or too difficult to understand, if that makes any sense. Each world the characters travel to feels like it could exist somewhere, and the different alien races are fleshed out with their own political issues, customs, etc. At its heart, Keir is a story of love and redemption for both Keir and Quin, two incredibly broken people who find healing with one another. Though Keir has suffered the most physically and mentally, Quin has suffered emotionally. Immortal after the destruction of her world, Quin has traveled the stars searching for the being responsible for destroying everything and everyone she loved. She's loved and lost along the way, and each loss has left its scar. Once she starts falling for her Smurfin companion, she wonders if he could ever love her, but buries her feelings. The middle of the book is when their love story truly starts, and it's pretty amazing to read. I laughed and cried with both as they found their ways to each other. And just FYI, the last 20 pages or so nearly scarred me. I was almost bawling. Pippa Jay's Keir is most definitely a fantastic science fiction read (admittedly, I read it all in one day). It's also a fantastic read that happens to be science fiction. I would recommend this heavily.
Leighn_Hill More than 1 year ago
It begins in darkness. Keir, outcast, cast into a dungeon and sentenced to die. A spunky redhaired woman appears from nowhere, and adventure ensues, and a little love, and a dash of joy, and a heaping spoonful of pain and heartbreak. It's a book filled with colorful images, and strong emotions, and so adventure-filled you'll stay up all night reading it. One of my top five books ever. I can't wait to read it again.
Sophia-Rose1 More than 1 year ago
I thought it would be fun and interesting to see how things were changed while enjoying a re-read of a story I already loved. But, memory couldn't latch onto any certain differences. I only have the overall impression of tighter and smoother writing and maybe that things are described differently? Yeah, I'm no help for those who would be interested in a comparison. But what I do know is that it was as engaging, original, complex, and emotional as the first time through. Keir is a hero that is worth rooting for. He grows and comes into his own while adventuring and finding the love of his life. And Quin discovers she has room left in her bruised and lonely heart for one more shot at love and a man who helps her put the past guilt and mistakes in perspective while standing by her and letting her be her. I like that this involves several alien races and worlds that are truly alien and see things differently. Quin is a form of drifter. She is human, but because of what has happened to her she is far from her human roots as the blue-skinned Keir who is also human. As they work to stay alive and fulfill Quin's need to find her lost friend, they encounter different worlds and beings. It was fun for Keir to finally start to realize that he may be unique, but he isn't the only unique being and acceptance is finally available. The plot had exciting moments as Keir and Quin are in deadly danger quite often. There is also mystery and intrigue going on. Keir's past is a mystery, but there is also brief glimpses of a shadowy figure from Quin's past working against her. I might have noticed it the first time, but I definitely did this go around that there are a few minor details that don't quite get explained or are left open-ended. A couple of those can definitely figure into future segments of the story. Or, to be honest, they can be left dangling as they are more curiosity points than stuff that affects the main plot. The romance is a friends to lovers and goes slow by necessity. Keir was so abused that he struggles with basic kindness, touch, and motives including his own. He doesn't realize he is attracted to Quin and mistakes it for gratitude for the longest time. When he does figure it out, he is ashamed because he believes that while Quin is his friend, she would never welcome anything more and would be disgusted by even his touch in that way. And Quin, she knows what it is to love and be loved, but she has lost her first and betrayed by her second so she shies away from trying again especially with one who is unstable in power and shaky in recovering from abuse as Keir. I liked that though Keir is in the process of coming into his own, Quin isn't perfect and made her own mistakes to balance them as a team and pair of lovers. It was a sweet romance that timed it well down to the intense, heartbreaking events of the end. So, it happened to me again- fell deeply in love with Keir the Blue Demon and his Quin and wanted to keep adventuring with them indefinitely. Lovers of sweet and exciting sci-fi romance need to give this one a go. I was gifted a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I took a chance and this was really good. Startef off slow but towards the end it really got so good. I went and bought the second one.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I loved this! It's an epic adventure! So much happens in this book, when I thought it was almost the end, the book would have more action going on. Quin, who is a badass, rescues Keir, who is so sweet, from being held captive, and then an adventure ensues to keep Keir safe from those who wish him harm, and Quin is in search of a friend of hers that was sent to some random place in time. There is magic, romance, and very excellent characters! What happens to Keir every since he was a young boy was heartbreaking, and his story is about finding acceptance for his differences, and realizing that he deserves love. Quin has lived for hundreds of years and she has the ability to travel through time, and to different types of civilizations, civilizations that include many varieties of non-human characters. Keir and Quin form a friendship, and as the book goes on their relationship evolves into more, and they have to band together to make it through some harrowing events. The chemistry between Quin and Keir was so sweet, caring, and they were absolutely adorable with each other. I'm a bit worried that there's another book in the series because I do not want these characters to be further tortured, but of course I'll read it! I'm very excited about it, and I can't wait! I hope all works out for Keir and Quin, and they won't lose faith in each other, and continue to band together, and be truthful with each other. Pippa Jay has written a truly amazing story!
Maisie-D More than 1 year ago
Kier is on deaths doorstep in the dungeon, when a woman is tossed in his cell with him.  She’s totally pissed. She introduces herself as Tarquin Secker, and. she’s busting out and says she’ll take Kier with her. People call Kier “The Blue Demon” and believe he is evil. His own father had runes and symbols carved into his skin when he was 6.  Because of this he hates to be touched and hides under cloth strips wrapped around his body. What follows is Kiers and Quins escape and their building friendship.  I really liked Quin. He was a real person. He experienced pain, weakness, sickness, fear. This made him one of my fave book boyfriends. I love the way the love built between Quin and Kier. Slow, not instant love. I love the world building. Adalucien seemed cold and depressing, while Metrexi was tropical and sunny.  Some characters were mentioned who we didn’t know about, so I looked to see if there were previous books where they had interaction with these characters. But as the story went on, we were informed of these people and their part in this story. I would have liked more steam in the love scenes. But all in all, I loved this book. I can’t wait for the next book in this series! Pippa Jay rocks! I was given a copy of this book for an honest review by NetGalley.
RachelLSmith More than 1 year ago
Full disclosure up front: I'm an SFR author and I was given an ARC for review, because I loved this book so much the first time I read it before I got to know Pippa as a fellow SFR author. This is an expanded and revised edition of Keir, and WOW! Totally worth the wait! The book enchanted me the first time I read it. This time it wouldn't let me go. Every single issue I had with it the first time around--not quite long enough, the Metraxi connection not clear enough, not enough hints of what all was going on behind the scenes--is no longer an issue. The entire world has been fleshed out and expanded. More bad guy scenes! More Keir scenes! More T'Rill scenes! For me, this novel is the quintessential science fiction romance. It combines just the right amount of tech, just the right amount of fantasy, and just the right amount of things science can't yet explain, with rich, complex characters and smooth, almost lyrical prose. The world Pippa has created is one I want to spend more time in. There's so much to explore and learn about. And this time, I reached The End knowing the sequel is coming soon. This is also a book skewed toward the hero, so of course that's another reason I adore it. Keir is a wonderful example of a tortured hero with a heart of gold. He hasn't lost his ability to be kind, and that's so important to me. His romance with Quin develops at a steady, believable pace, and it's so sweet to watch.
ramore More than 1 year ago
Keir is fantastic debut from Pippa Jay! I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-moving, action-packed adventure that I could not put down! Quin is a smart, confident, strong women who has been travelling to distant worlds and other times through gateways opened with her special abilities. She has suffered loss but has survived 300 years of life. Keir is a young man who has been persecuted all his life because was born with blue skin. When Quin and Keir hook up, both of their lives are changed forever. The find they share a twisted heritage that makes them more similar than different and ultimately binds them together in a way that will both help and hinder their relationship. Together Quin and Keir face persecution, betrayal, and capture. All the while, they become closer and stand together to face their foes - to the death if necessary. Personally, I didn't quite get the romantic connection between the young Keir and the 300-year old Quin. But that did not prevent me from enjoying both of these characters with all their flaws and their strengths. They were well-developed and complex. I don't know if they are present in the sequel, Gethyon, but there is certainly some potential for further adventures. You get to visit several worlds and meet a few non-human beings in this book. There is a wonderfully dark and dismal medieval-like world, complete with a belief system that is directly out of the middle ages. Another world has castles made of coral and sea serpents. Ms. Jay's imaginative scene setting is a delight! Honestly, if I had not just read a 5-star book, I might have awarded 5 stars to this book, but it wasn't quite that good. Keir is a great book and if you like fantasy and romance, you should read it
gaele More than 1 year ago
Combining otherworldly elements with science fiction and some hesitant romantic encounters, the author has created an interesting story that demands attention while delivering its message. I will be honest and say that Keir, the hero, was a little more self-indulgent and emo than I normally like: more than one I really wanted him to just “man up” and get on with things. Which is a testament to the writer in that a character moves you to talk at them (don’t judge) as you read along in their story. However, his demeanour and approach was nicely contrasted with the introduction of Quinn, a confident and headstrong woman with a ‘take no prisoners’ attitude toward her own survival. Together the two manage to travel through space and time, confronting their own pasts as they vanquish the demons that have crippled them emotionally. The two characters are deftly crafted and their personalities and strengths complement each other nicely. This is a story that is told in both protagonist’s points of view, and works smoothly through most of the story. The sticky parts tend to happen when their own pasts are leading their interactions, rather than the confidence in each other that are developing as their adventure continues. Underpinning the action and adventure, and even romance, is the fact that this story is ultimately one of acceptance for the character that lies beneath the body you are born with, with small victories against the injustices and prejudices that are all too common in our everyday existence. The first novel from this author is a good one, showing great promise for someone to watch. I was provided an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for the Jeep Diva reviews. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibilities.
karenYbynum More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Keir was a fantastic read. The hero (Keir) and the heroine (Quin) had so much rich character development. Both of them were riddled with emotional--and physical--scarring; however, it was beautifully woven into the storyline to make them stronger people. Together they were able to overcome their insecurities. Keir is packed with action, adventure, intrigue and spicy love scenes...but one of my favorite things was the role reversal. Keir was the inexperienced one, and I loved that Quin taught him--not just how to make love, because that was hot--but how to experience life and to open himself up to forgiveness. Keir suffered a great many things, but Quin was there to support, encourage and bring him back to life. A few of my favorite lines from the book: “I am not friendly. I am dangerous.” He felt her presence in his mind still, like cool hands soothing his fevered thoughts. It both disturbed and comforted him. Was she an angel in human guise? Or some demon sent to torment him before delivering him to his final hell? His words filled her with a sadness so sharp she had to fight down tears. He screamed for help as they took him through shadowy streets to an unknown place, but no one came. Why am I such a sucker for tortured souls? “We weren’t meant to have these powers, Keir, but it’s how we use them that defines who and what we are.” “Friends may easily become enemies. Prosperity attracts envy. We must always be wary of complacency and misplaced trust.” Would learning the truth justify the risk? For the first time in remembrance, he wanted to touch and be touched in return. To hold her and have her return his embrace freely, with more than a friend’s affection. To feel her white skin under his fingertips. To brush the hair from her face as the breeze did now, and run his fingers through it. He leaned close to her, and the darkness of his eyes seemed to swallow her soul. “Your fears will come to pass.” *** I have more, but pretty soon I'll be quoting the entire book! So go buy it! :) Keir is a must read!
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AstonWest More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable tale, once I got farther into the story and understood what was happening. The author has set up plenty of elaborate world-building, which tended to drag down the pace in several areas. The romantic side of the novel is what one would come to expect, though the relationship seemed to be extremely rushed for the amount of time the two main characters spent together. I was also a bit disappointed that the full reveal of the main villain was broadcast by one of the main characters well ahead of them meeting in person. Overall, it was a fun story and one I'd recommend to others.
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite Keir was a mere child when he was taken from his home and runes were carved on his tiny body. His father considered him a curse; the town people feared him and would destroy him; they called him the Blue Demon. To hide the scars covering his frame he kept his body wrapped in a tattered cloak. He was innocent of any wrongdoing but was imprisoned anyway. When Quin discovered him in the prison he was ill and dying. With a mighty explosion she freed both him and herself from the vile, dank jail. She transported him to her home in the stars. Even there his survival was uncertain; Quin bound herself to him for life to save him. During the bonding Quin discovered that Keir had healing powers. Intrigue and danger were at hand and Keir could not stay. Author Pippa Jay offers readers a tale filled with love, romance, intrigue, danger, fantasy, science fiction and action. I enjoyed watching Keir and Quin’s relationship grow into love. But there is a more important aspect to this tale. The author has demonstrated the plight of those who are different. While many tolerate differences should they not be celebrated? I found it amazing that a father would reject his child because he was dissimilar to those around him. The father hated the son so much that he had him imprisoned. Pippa Jay is a talented writer. Her plot is captivating. I stayed up most of the night reading it. I just could not lay it down. Her lead characters are well-conceived. This is Jay’s debut novel but I am sure there will be several more to come from her in future.
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NiinaCs_Blog More than 1 year ago
I can't say Keir was a fit with me. There was nothing wrong with Pippa Jay's writing or the story, in fact I imagine readers of sci-fi and urban fantasy will enjoy this! For me being a reader of romance there were few points that didn't quite do it for me. I do read the occasional sweet romance, but those tend to be contemporary and goofy. Keir's character spent a good portion of the beginning of the book in angst and feeling low and dying and depressed, not that that's bad per say but I’m used to of the strong, alpha male, confident heroes so reading Keir was a bit of a struggle for me. I did like the mystery around Quin, she was a nice strong heroine, capable and kind. What I didn't like was the multiple point of view, it didn't work for me in this case as romance reader I wanted more romance more emotions, hence I do think urban fantasy readers will get more out of this. Like I said I think Keir simply didn't fit me and my preferred genre even though it is categorized as sweet romance. So the rating below is going to be in my romance standards.