Major Areg Sebi dared to dream of a better life. Where people had access to level-two technology to make their quality of life and chance if equality better. He dared to voice this, his punishment was swift, swifter than any war criminal. First he was publically lashed, then forced to confess to a crime he did not commit. Etana, a laundry maid who shared his vision of the future, had but one chance to prevent this execution, invoking an ancient law. What she hadn’t realised was the lengths his captors would go to in order to ensure he was no longer a threat, or what the dangers stacked against her hero would unlock within her.
The Traitor’s Bride is the first book in Alix Nichols’ romantic science fiction series Keepers of Xereill. It is a romance with no lack of passion, all of which is tastefully executed and portrayed. The stakes are high as Etana tries everything within her power to save her hero, Major Sebi, and unlocks a gift someone of her class should not possess. You will love, you will hate, and you will pray that certain characters to get their just desserts. As the first book in the series you are given an excellent, but not overwhelming, sense of the world, social structure and way of life for the people of Eta. The Traitor’s Bride is a love story, but that is not all it is, it is an engaging, tense, and thrilling exploration of new worlds, the heroes and villains within and, of course, the many obstacles in love’s path. I certainly won’t hesitate to pick up the next book in this series.
That’s all for now, snuggle down with a good book and don’t forget to KS the Dreamer x
Reviewed by K.J. Simmill author of The Forgotten Legacies Series