Slave (Cat Star Chronicles Series #1)

Slave (Cat Star Chronicles Series #1)

by Cheryl Brooks

Paperback(Mass Market Paperback)

View All Available Formats & Editions
Want it by Monday, November 19 Order now and choose Expedited Shipping during checkout.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402211928
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Series: Cat Star Chronicles Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 642,608
Product dimensions: 7.14(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Cheryl Brooks is a member of the Romance Writers Association and lives in Bloomfield, IN. The Cat Star Chronicles: Slave is her first novel.

Read an Excerpt

Excerpt from Chapter 1

I FOUND HIM IN THE SLAVE MARKET ON ORPHESEUS Prime, and even on such a godforsaken planet as that one, their treatment of him seemed extreme. But then again, perhaps he was an extreme subject, and the fact that there was a slave market at all was evidence of a rather backward society. Slave markets were becoming extremely rare throughout the galaxy-the legal ones, anyway.

I hitched my pack higher on my shoulder and adjusted my respirator, though even with the benefit of ultrafiltration, the place still stank to high heaven. How a planet as eternally hot and dry as this one could have ever had anything on it that could possibly rot and get into the air to cause such a stench was beyond me. Most dry climates don't support a lot of decay or fermentation, but Orpheseus was different from any desert planet I'd ever had the misfortune to visit. It smelled as though at some point all of the vegetation and animal life forms had died at once and the odor of their decay had become permanently embedded in the atmosphere.

Shuddering as a wave of nausea hit me, I walked casually closer to the line of wretched creatures lined up for pre-auction inspection, but even my unobtrusive move wasn't lost on the slave owners who were bent on selling their wares.

"Come closer!" a ragged beast urged me in a rasping, unpleasant voice as he gestured with a bony arm.

I eyed him with distaste, thinking that this thing was just ugly enough to have caused the entire planet to smell bad, though I doubted he'd been there long enough to do it. On the other hand, he didn't seem to be terribly young. Okay, so older than the hills might have been a little closer to the mark. Damn, maybe he was responsible, after all!

"I have here just what you have been seeking!" he said. "Help to relieve you of your burden! This one is strong and loyal and will serve you well."

I glanced dubiously at the small-statured critter there before me, and its even smaller slave. "I don't think so," I replied, thinking that the weight of my pack alone would probably have crushed the poor little thing's tiny bones to powder. I know that looks can often be deceiving, but this thing looked to me like nothing more than an oversized grasshopper. Its bulbous red eyes regarded me with an unblinking and slightly unnerving stare.

"Its eyes give me the creeps, anyway," I added. "I need something that looks more...humanoid."

Dismissing them with a wave, I glanced around at the others, noting that, of the group, there were only two slaves being offered that were even bipedal: one reminded me of a cross between a cow and a chimpanzee, and the other, well, the other was the one who had first caught my eye-possibly because out of all the slaves there, he was the one seeming to require the most restraint, and also because he was completely naked.

I studied him out of the corner of my eye, noting that the other prospective buyers seemed to be giving him a wide berth. His owner, an ugly Cylopean-and Cylopeans are all ugly, but this one would have stood out in a crowd of them-was exhorting the masses to purchase his slave.

"Come!" he shouted in heavily accented Standard Tongue, "my slave is strong and will serve you well. I part with him only out of extreme financial need, for he is as a brother to me, and it pains me greatly to lose him."

His pain wasn't as great as the slave's, obviously. I eyed the Cylopean skeptically. Surely he couldn't imagine that anyone would have suspected that his "brother" would require a genital restraint in order to drag him to the market to part him from his current master!

Rolling my eyes with disdain, I muttered, "Go ahead and admit it. You're selling him because you can't control him."

"Oh, no, my good sir!" the Cylopean exclaimed, seemingly aghast at my suggestion. "He is strong! He is willing! He is even intelligent!"

I stifled a snicker. The slave was obviously smart enough to have this one buffaloed, I thought, chuckling to myself as it occurred to me that no one around here would even know what a buffalo was, let alone the euphemism associated with the animal.

I blew out a breath hard enough to fog the eye screen on my respirator. Damn, but I was a long way from home! Earth was at least five hundred long light-years away. How the hell had I managed to end up here, searching for a lost sister whom I sometimes suspected of not wanting to be found? I'd followed her trail from planet to planet for six years now, and had always been just a few steps behind her. I was beginning to consider giving up the search, but the memory of the terror in her wild blue eyes as she was torn from my arms on Dexia Four kept me going.

And now, she had been-or so I'd been informed- taken to Statzeel, a planet where all women were slaves and upon which I didn't dare set foot, knowing that I, too, would become enslaved. The denizens of Statzeel would undoubtedly not make the same mistake that the slave trader had, for I was most definitely female, and, as such, vulnerable to the same fate that had befallen my lovely little sister. That I wasn't the delicate, winsome creature Ranata was wouldn't matter, for a female on Statzeel was a slave by definition. Free women simply did not exist there.

Which was why I needed a male slave of my own. One to pose as my owner-one that I could trust to a certain extent, though I was beginning to believe that such a creature couldn't possibly exist, and certainly not on Orpheseus Prime! I was undoubtedly wasting my time, I thought as I looked back at the slave. He was tall, dirty, and probably stank every bit as much as his owner did. I was going to have to check the filter in that damn respirator-either that or go back and beat the shit out of the scheming little scoundrel who'd taken me for ten qidnits when he sold it to me. I should have simply stolen it, but getting myself in trouble with what law there was on that nasty little planet wouldn't have done either my sister, or myself, a lick of good.

As I glanced at the man standing there before me, he raised his head ever so slightly to regard me out of the corner of one glittering, obsidian eye. Something passed between us at that moment-something almost palpable and real-making me wonder if the people of his race might have had psychic powers of some kind. That he was most definitely not human was quite evident, though at first glance he might have appeared to be, and could possibly have passed for one to the uneducated. There weren't many humans this far out for comparison, which was undoubtedly why I'd been able to get wind of Ranata's whereabouts from time to time. She seemed to have left a lasting impression wherever she was taken.

Just as this slave would do, even with the upswept eyebrows that marked him as belonging to some other alien world. His black, waving hair hung to his waist, though matted and dirty and probably crawling with vermin. I had no doubt that his owner hadn't lied when he had said that the slave was strong, for he was collared and shackled-hand, foot, and genitals. I'd been through many slave markets in my search, but I'd rarely seen any slave who was bound the way this one was, which spoke not only of strength, but also of a belligerent, and probably untrainable, nature. The muscles were all right there to see, and while they were not overly bulky- appearing, instead, to be more tough and sinewy-their level of strength was unquestionable.

This man had seen some rough work and even rougher treatment, for jagged scars laced his back and a long, straight scar sliced across his left cheekbone as though it had been made with a sword. He had a piercing in his penis, which appeared to have been done recently, for the ring through it was crusted over with dried blood.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Slave 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 287 reviews.
JennRose More than 1 year ago
Cheryl Brooks, in my opinion, is quite an author. To be a full time ICU nurse at night and then write during the day is quite a feat already if I say so myself. In the Cat Star Chronicles' first book, Slave, Cheryl brings us to science/fiction/fantasy/offplanet worlds. Jacinth, AKA Jack is a heroine that was fun and loud, always speaking her mind And when she first meets Cat her brain is scrambled a bit. She ends up saving him because she needs him to save her sister. The story is refreshing since this time it is a woman saving a man. I througholy enjoyed every bit of the book. :D
ArmyWife More than 1 year ago
Awesome Sci-Fi Romance!! This is Cheryl Brooks first novel and I must say Bravo!! I just finished reading Slave last night and am on my way to starting Warrior next.. Hmm purrrrr I look to the stars for my own Cat and hope he can come mate with me!! This book was sexy and veryyy steamy! I couldn't put the book down until I finished...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Character development too flat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a futuristic story. There have been 4 books released in this series. I found each one enjoyable. I like the characters and plots set on different planets. Each book is a stand alone, but reading them in order does help keep track of the characters. All 4 I consider keepers to read again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great for an escape from life for a few hours. It was entertaining and fanciful. The author did a great job for a first book. The main characters are so different. She is edgy and non-feminine. He is not human but very attracted to her, and sweet to boot! This book will take you to another world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I normally don't read books in first person, but I actually liked Brook's style in the telling of this story. The main character has searched for her kidnapped sister for a long time but needs help in retrieving her in the last leg of her quest. Her story begins there where she buys a slave to help her reach her sister. I don't want to spoil the story by telling the whole of it....Buy the book and read it. Many of you will not be disappointed that you did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an ok book. I loved the idea of space travel and exploring. However......this book tends to be an over explained narative. The main character is hard to like due to the nonstop internal dialogues. Would I have bought this book knowing what i know now? Probably not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have this one in paper now on my nook. Its an amazing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hate this book. I couldn't even bring myself to get through half of it. The heroine's internal dialogue was endless and annoying. The male character was meek & insipid. I kept waiting for his character to develop. Instead the heroine "Jack" just kept going on & on with her excessive over analysis or explanation of every event. She was also crude so it was difficult to feel any empathy for her. Don't waste your money. I wish there was a way to get my $5.99 back!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
cheryl brooks is very impressive. this first book in the series is well written, funny, very hot, & i loved the characters. i can't wait to read the next book in the series.
NookAddict13 More than 1 year ago
Awesome Sci-Fi Romance. I love what Cheryl Brooks has created here. All the worlds are so descriptive as well as entertaining and interesting. The book kept my attention the whole way threw, never a dull moment. I loved the story, and I actually had trouble putting it down. I read many romance novels, and this one is so unique and fresh. I purchased the second book in the series, and I plan to do so for the rest in the series.
Lynz_in_Love More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I was a little nervous at first because I'm more of a vampire/warewolf paranormal romance reader but this was really good. The author used great detail throughout the entire book. I'm going to buy the next one in this series today!
dfour More than 1 year ago
Cheryl Brooks has written a very unique futuristic story with some interesting worlds and sexy aliens in this Cat Star Chronicles offering. Fascinating world customs. This alien has some very interesting surprises in his unique and very interesting sex equipment. Which makes him a very interesting bed partner, there's a bit of a mystery and the relationship between the hero and heroine make this a very sensual romance. I love the interesting hero, and the heroine is a strong, independent woman. Cheryl has a great sense of Humor. Not to give the story away. You'll not look at noses the same after reading this story. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brief Summary of the plot: In search of the sister who was kidnapped six years ago, Jacinth(Jack) has trailed her to Statzeel, where all women are slaves. To go there, she needs someone she can trust to pose as her owner. Jacinth chooses a slave, Cat, planning to free him in return for his cooperation. Thing get a bit interesting on Stazeel. And things on this world are not as they appear, especially where her sister is concerned
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much inner dialouge great plot great story gtraet heros just too much description not enough interaction between characters.
Libragirl213 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful! Different for sci-fi, and for romance novels. I don't want to give anything away, read them for yourself...with an open mind of course. I'm sure there aren't many out there like Cat. Myself, I just couldn't get enough. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sci-Fi & Erotica – I can do this, after all these are great genres for me. I wasn’t daunted when I was challenged to read this book. I was certain I was in for a treat. Now that it is over I have I think the word I’m looking for is bewildered. This is certainly a head scratcher and a book you should disengage your brain to appreciate. Slave actually has some redeeming attributes, in addition to the foundation of plot which holds so much promise. I thought most of the redeeming attributes concerned the heroine- such as: her having self esteem issues, not being an ultra feminine exotic hot-house flower; not being the most attractive female ever and being able to use her brain. The conceit of our Captain Jack travelling to the other worlds and having to explain her earth idioms was a cute idiosyncrasy that got tiresome with overuse. The frequent sex had the impudence to be justified (curiously so to my thinking). Let us not forget that the hero was fully outfitted with the deluxe equipment package. He had all the extras (to unveil it here would take away the fun of seeing it described with your own eyes and snickers). The sorest point of this tome for me was the writing style – it was extremely bad. This is an origin story, a complex world and debut author, quite a bit to handle and not necessarily the best mix. The writing style was such an issue for me that anything else paled to nothing on my list of things that didn’t work. However, as this series went thru at least 7books, I have to believe this issue was corrected. I’m either brave enough or glutton enough to want to see the second book.
Shaylyn More than 1 year ago
This was free when I downloaded it. I am so glad I didn't pay anything for it. If you like sick twisted disgusting porn then this book is for you. Otherwise stay far away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"She can hardly even see! She isnt exploring Adderkit!" Mother purred to Cranekit's brother. Cranekit yawned as she sniffed the air around her. The milky scent of the nursery engulfed her tounge. " Creekkit, why dont you go and play with yoir brother." Mother coaxed Creekkit, who was curled in a ball beside Mother. " Adderkit is to rough! I would rather play with Vinekit! Ateast she lnows when to stop!" Creekit yowled to Mother. Cranekit looked up, slowly blinking her eyes. "I will play with you Creekkit." Cranekit sqeaked. "Ok. Lets play hide and seek!" Creekkit squirmed out of the nest, her dappled pelt glowing in the greenleaf sun. Cranekit had white fur along her body and yellow down her long spindly legs. She had her fathers legs and her mothers long, slender body. Her other siblings, Vinekit and Adderkit both had a greenish tint o thier fur, making them look like frogs. "RiverClan, attack!" Adderkit shrieked a he pounced on Toadleap's tail. The elder put on a frightened face and yowled "Ohh no! Not RiverClan! They are to strong!" Adderkit shrieked with delight as Toadleap scooped him onto her back and stomped around the clearing. Lilyspring watched from the nursery, wiskers twitching with amuesment. Cranekit's father, Herronclaw came and started licking Vinekits ears. "Dont worry. You will be better soon." He murmured to Vinekit, his yellow pelt glowing. Vinekit was always sick, hacking and wheezing up mucus. Sometimes she had to sleep in Juniperleaf's den, where it stank of illness and herbs. Cranekit waddled over to Sunpelt, where he lay in the sun. The elder stirred as she neared, then relaxed as she curled next to him. He purred as she drew shapes in the dirt, trying to guess what she drew. Sunpelt purrec as she dtew a trout. " Every new apprentice should have a gopd skill. By the look of it, yoirs is drawing!" Cranekit and her siblings were 5 moons old, almost apprentices. She couldnt wait for her naming ceromony
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone one?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sits down tied up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beh. Next res
Anonymous More than 1 year ago