Outside is dangerous.
Such is the warning Koral has heard for twelve years. Born a product of genetic manipulation, he knows little else of the world beyond the steel walls of his home.
When fate gives him the choice between certain death and the unknown, there's no question in what he must choose. But he's about to find out the sands he must brave are full of more than mere monsters.
Providing the desert doesn't kill him first.
This is a world ruled by instinct, where innocence is drowned in blood. Here, men are offered up to the great Serpent God, Lorric, only to emerge as the most feared killers on the planet: The Rogues.
With the god's sights set on turning Koral into a legend, he must sacrifice himself to survive and be reborn as... The Rogue King
About the Author
Mother. Animal Lover. Vampire. Fangirl.
Aldrea Alien is a New Zealand author of romantic speculative fiction of varying heat levels.
She grew up on a small farm out the back blocks of a place known as Wainuiomata alongside a menagerie of animals, who are all convinced they're just as human as the next person (especially the cats). She spent a great deal of her childhood riding horses, whilst the rest of her time was consumed with reading every fantasy book she could get her hands on and concocting ideas about a little planet known as Thardrandia. This would prove to be the start of The Rogue King Saga as, come her twelfth year, she discovered there was a book inside her.
Aldrea now lives in Upper Hutt, on yet another small farm with a less hectic, but still egotistical, group of animals (cats will be cats). She self-published the first of The Rogue King Saga in 2014. One thing she hasn't yet found is an off switch to give her an ounce of peace from the characters plaguing her mind, a list that grows bigger every year with all of them clamouring for her to tell their story first. It's a lot of people for one head.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Koral runs away from his spaceship home and finds other members of his alien race. After a short time, he is given as tribute to the gods and becomes a rogue who is possessed by the spirit of a god. This is a science fiction novel, but many aspects have more of a high fantasy feel about them. I felt it was an excellent blend of the two genres that fans of both will enjoy. Koral is a fascinating character, and we get to see several years of his life in this one novel. At first, Koral came across as a little bit stupid. He was a kid, after all. Though he didn’t know exactly what rogues were, he thought it would be better to join them than to get married and father a child at his young age. Even though such an act might have saved him from being handed over to become a criminal, he is still willing to take his chances. He was young, so I can forgive that stupidity. The book spans until he is thirty (sixty in human years), so it was nice to see him grow and mature in his line of thinking. He came across as realistic to me, despite being an alien repto-humanoid. I loved the fact that he was created by some sort of “mad scientist” experiment. I didn’t get all the details, but I’m sure they’re coming in future installments. This book presents the idea of his hybridization and possible link to an ancient race of extinct aliens known as the trexans. Unfortunately, the story veers off into a romance, and I was disappointed with how the action slowed. I would much rather have had him go on a quest to find out where he truly came from, but that is a personal matter. The romance is nicely done (if you enjoy romance), and there are some steamy scenes. The only thing I disliked was that there are too many pages dedicated to Koral’s inner turmoil about having sex with Lisal. It dragged on and on until I wanted to scream “just do it already!”. I enjoyed Lisal’s action scenes much more, where she proves herself tough and good in a fight. The action is expertly written and kept me glued to the page. I loved the idea of his crimes being committed while inhabited by an evil god. That is more high fantasy to me than sci-fi, and it worked very well for my tastes. I did think he had too easy of a time getting through this period, and he comes through none the worse for wear. One would expect him to be traumatized, and maybe he is a little. The story moves along by leaps and bounds, and we miss out on quite a bit because of the book spanning about twenty years. Just fair warning to those who might be easily offended. There are some pretty intense scenes of violence, and there is also rape. The rape scenes are not so detailed, but some might find them disturbing nonetheless. Consider yourself warned. I did not feel that these scenes were overly graphic, and there was nothing added just for shock value. I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.