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A feisty gatherer with a dangerous heritage and a mysterious starfarer from a mighty race engage in a delicate dance of love, faith, longing and survival, while the sector burns around them! On a sleepy agrarian planet, Sila Gatherer hides a deadly secret. Until an accidental encounter with a mysterious alien starship changes her life forever. Star Captain Zh’hir Mu’raat i A feisty gatherer with a dangerous heritage and a mysterious starfarer from a mighty race engage in a delicate dance of love, faith, longing and survival, while the sector burns around them! On a sleepy agrarian planet, Sila Gatherer hides a deadly secret. Until an accidental encounter with a mysterious alien starship changes her life forever. Star Captain Zh’hir Mu’raat is Ur’quay — renowned across the galaxy as warriors and explorers. Thrown together, the starfarer and his accidental captive forge an unlikely bond. One that is tested, time and again, when Sila finds herself threatened, exiled and adrift. In a dangerous sector of space where powerful factions battle for control, Sila and the Star Captain must fight for a future together as her ability, Ur’quay tradition and a complicated legacy test their faith. When a powerful foe threatens Sila, they race against time to unravel a centuries-old secret. With the fate of Sector Araloka and the Ur’quay at stake, can the starfarer follow his heart or will history repeat itself again … Author’s Note : This is the second book in The Araloka Chronicles, a collection of SciFi Romance tales with Space Opera undertones. The story is standalone, though the reader’s experience will be enhanced if the books are read in order.


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A feisty gatherer with a dangerous heritage and a mysterious starfarer from a mighty race engage in a delicate dance of love, faith, longing and survival, while the sector burns around them! On a sleepy agrarian planet, Sila Gatherer hides a deadly secret. Until an accidental encounter with a mysterious alien starship changes her life forever. Star Captain Zh’hir Mu’raat i A feisty gatherer with a dangerous heritage and a mysterious starfarer from a mighty race engage in a delicate dance of love, faith, longing and survival, while the sector burns around them! On a sleepy agrarian planet, Sila Gatherer hides a deadly secret. Until an accidental encounter with a mysterious alien starship changes her life forever. Star Captain Zh’hir Mu’raat is Ur’quay — renowned across the galaxy as warriors and explorers. Thrown together, the starfarer and his accidental captive forge an unlikely bond. One that is tested, time and again, when Sila finds herself threatened, exiled and adrift. In a dangerous sector of space where powerful factions battle for control, Sila and the Star Captain must fight for a future together as her ability, Ur’quay tradition and a complicated legacy test their faith. When a powerful foe threatens Sila, they race against time to unravel a centuries-old secret. With the fate of Sector Araloka and the Ur’quay at stake, can the starfarer follow his heart or will history repeat itself again … Author’s Note : This is the second book in The Araloka Chronicles, a collection of SciFi Romance tales with Space Opera undertones. The story is standalone, though the reader’s experience will be enhanced if the books are read in order.

30 review for The Starfarer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Love2ReadRomance

    I love Sila and Zh’hir! It was so interesting to see them learn about each other and how to take care of one another. Starfarer is so vividly written that I felt like I was right there on the spaceships with the characters. Loved it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Natalie The Biblioholic

    I haven't read that many sci-fi romances and I've noticed that it's a neglected subgenre on my reading list. However, between The Starfarer and the previous book in The Araloka Chronicles, The Mercenary, I've realized that I've been missing out! I don't know if it's because at the time when I started reading this I was also rewatching and binging on Star Trek TNG, DS9 and Voyager (yes, I'm a Trekkie), but this story read just like an episode from any of these shows. It was all too easy to picture I haven't read that many sci-fi romances and I've noticed that it's a neglected subgenre on my reading list. However, between The Starfarer and the previous book in The Araloka Chronicles, The Mercenary, I've realized that I've been missing out! I don't know if it's because at the time when I started reading this I was also rewatching and binging on Star Trek TNG, DS9 and Voyager (yes, I'm a Trekkie), but this story read just like an episode from any of these shows. It was all too easy to picture it on the screen, which made it not only an enjoyable read, but also an entertaining one. I loved the slow build of the romance between Star Captain Zh'hir Mu'raat and Sila. The author perfectly captured the barriers to the first meeting and to their eventual friendship, such as communication, culture, experience, etc. Once they realized how compatible they were, it was beautiful to watch how their feelings for each other evolved. Despite themselves, despite the odds, they dreamt of a future together and I couldn't help but want the same. The battle between the Alliance and the Empire is far from over, but with new allies and new strategic weapons, I think they stand a better chance at winning. I'm definitely on the side of the rebels. I had so much fun immersing myself in the battle scenes. The author did a fantastic job of drawing a well developed picture, putting me right there on the front lines, driving up my adrenaline like I was there during each fight. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, which will give an in-depth look at the leader of the Alliance. He's part cyborg and I can't even begin to imagine the intricacies of this character. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Google+

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    Space, once the final frontier is now the backdrop for Petra Landon’s THE STARFARER as an accidental kidnapping brings one woman and one alien warrior together in a bond of friendship, discovery and trust unlike anything the galaxy has seen. Galactic secrets will be unmasked and Sila will find there is more to her than her life on her agrarian planet could ever reveal. She will also discover just how deep the bond she has found with Zh’hir will run. Is he her ultimate warrior hero-the man she has Space, once the final frontier is now the backdrop for Petra Landon’s THE STARFARER as an accidental kidnapping brings one woman and one alien warrior together in a bond of friendship, discovery and trust unlike anything the galaxy has seen. Galactic secrets will be unmasked and Sila will find there is more to her than her life on her agrarian planet could ever reveal. She will also discover just how deep the bond she has found with Zh’hir will run. Is he her ultimate warrior hero-the man she has been waiting for all of her life or is he the man who opened her eyes to the galaxy around her with all of its possibilities? Petra Landon make space travel and interplanetary living seem so very realistic with her ability to paint vivid scenes bathed in amazing detail, including the communication struggles of different species of life! Moments of humor, honor, danger and even romance unfold as Sila comes into her own and Zh’hir becomes her rock every step of the way, even when they are lightyears apart. I can’t even tell you which part I liked best, they are all so finely intertwined through this author’s dedicated attention to world building! Not sure you are ready for science fiction or space operas? The Araloka Chronicles Series may be a great place to start as this is more of a tale of life, living and acceptance! No little green men will appear, no cookbooks on how to cook a human, just fabulous reading that is out of this world! I received a complimentary ARC edition from Petra landon! Series: The Araloka Chronicles - Book 2 Publication Date: November 16, 2018 Publisher: Petra Landon Genre: Space Opera | Scifi Print Length: 424 pages Available from: Amazon For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mei

    I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review. What I most enjoyed here are the parts where there was no romance involved! LOL Yes, I know, the romance was the less inetersting part here and that's trange, but true nontheless! We're given deeper understanding of why the Ur’quay came back to Araloka space. Why they're a dying race. Also the reasons for their strict mental discipline. I liked the hero, Zh’hir very much. He was really intelligent and very shrewd. He pondered how every situat I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review. What I most enjoyed here are the parts where there was no romance involved! LOL Yes, I know, the romance was the less inetersting part here and that's trange, but true nontheless! We're given deeper understanding of why the Ur’quay came back to Araloka space. Why they're a dying race. Also the reasons for their strict mental discipline. I liked the hero, Zh’hir very much. He was really intelligent and very shrewd. He pondered how every situation could evolve and thought the best way to solved the problem. He did that even if the problem involved something he valued very much. He didn't jump to conclusions or acted in a stupid way just because he was angry or desperate. I appreciated that very much! The heroine was in a grey area for me. She's meek, but not stupid. But I don't like meek heroines, so I didn't quite get why Zh'hir fell for her. It could be because she was also tooo good to be true. She went and scarificed herself for her people, but when she was rescued her people throw her away and still she did everything to help them all the same! I appreciate much a heroine who is less good and at least make them growel (call me vengeful), but that was not the case here. She didn't have Zh'hir's acumen. She acted on her moment's feeling, and every time she put herself in harm's way, forcing Zh'hir to act to save her. Still, apart from the heroine, the story was exciting and even if there're times when something was repeatedly explained, I enjoy it! I also like that characters from the previous book were included. I liked Zoran and his intercations with Zh'hir! They were great together and complemented each other very well! Also the secondary characters were nice addition: all the Hadari’Kor's mercenaries who showed their true colours like a very honorable men and also the Ur’quay warriors and their alsmost stoic acceptance of their dire situation on the brink of extinction. They didn't ust accept it, but were ready to do all they could to save their race, but without betraying their honour! I'm looking forward to reading Commander Kerovac's story!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Petra Landon

    The Starfarer releases on November 16, 2018. Excerpt available here. Available for Amazon Preorder And on NetGalley -- ARC offered until November 8

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Note for those who loved the first book: Buy this one, you won't be disappointed! In book 1 there are unexplained references and the reader just knows those stories are out there, waiting to be told. Which brings us to book 2, The Starfarer. The heroine, Sila, was introduced in book 1 as was her hero, the legendary Star Captain Zh’hir. This is their story. It begins before the previous book and catch Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Note for those who loved the first book: Buy this one, you won't be disappointed! In book 1 there are unexplained references and the reader just knows those stories are out there, waiting to be told. Which brings us to book 2, The Starfarer. The heroine, Sila, was introduced in book 1 as was her hero, the legendary Star Captain Zh’hir. This is their story. It begins before the previous book and catches up to the ending of The Mercenary about half way through – at which point the story lines pretty much march together. And for those who haven't read the first book; I highly recommend it. No, you don't have to read The Mercenary first, but I suspect you WILL want to read it. So why not pick up both and read them in order? First a word about what this book is NOT. It is not a hunky alien guy who's courtship consists of "You belong to me. The bedroom's this way." Star Captain Zh’hir treats the terrified accidentally captured human with kindness and patience – even going so far as to violate his own laws and possibly jeopardize the alliance to protect her. He allows her to learn about the wider world and encourages her to grow into the person she can be before he even lets her know he is attracted. And he allows her to make the choices that are right for her. I think a common theme for the two books could be summed up as "One person CAN make a difference." In book 1, Zoran made a difference to Saakshi and through her to balance of power between the existing power blocks of the sector. In book 2, Zh’hir saves both Sila and her planet, and commits the strength of his people to fighting their fight against the Empire. [FYI, neither of these women are wimps, they do a lot of saving as well.] It is obvious that the Universe is a better place for having these four in it. I found this to be a richly nuanced story about fascinating people and cultures and yes, I am pantingly waiting for book 3! I received both of these books for free as review copies [thank you, Ms Landon] but I purchased copies of both after I had read them. Writing like this needs to be encouraged.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl La Pa

    Loved it! Review to come......

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I received this novel from net galley and the publisher. Thank you! I have enjoyed Ms. Landon's novels and I was not disappointed in the next tale of the Araloka Chronicles! There are characters in the first novel that appear in this novel and supplies background for the story line. The Alliance is at war with the Empire and bringing other species into the battle. Sila Gatherer is accidentally taken up when a Ur’quay spaceship is searching for necessary sources to help their people. The Ur’quay h I received this novel from net galley and the publisher. Thank you! I have enjoyed Ms. Landon's novels and I was not disappointed in the next tale of the Araloka Chronicles! There are characters in the first novel that appear in this novel and supplies background for the story line. The Alliance is at war with the Empire and bringing other species into the battle. Sila Gatherer is accidentally taken up when a Ur’quay spaceship is searching for necessary sources to help their people. The Ur’quay have been isolated from the rest of the galaxy for a long time. Zh’hir Mu’raat hears Sila telepathically when she is brought onto the ship. He is shocked to find someone with this ability outside his own race. Zh'hir and Sila are attracted to each other, but Zh'hir has to follow Ur’quay laws, which if broken is punishable by death. Zh'hir trains Sila, but has to return her to her home planet. Sila has never felt like she belonged, keeping her telepathy a secret. When she is kidnapped months later, she contacts Zh'hir, now a Star Captain. Zh'hir, along with Zoran (from the previous novel) to save her. Sila becomes friends with Saakshi (from previous novel). Sila and Zh'hir explore their relationship while handling their responsibilities in the Alliance and keeping Sila's abilities a secret. However, an enemy discovers Sila's abilities and wants to exploit them. This leads to the discovery of secrets kept hidden for a long time, which can greatly affect the war against the Empire. Zh'hir will have to make a choice between serving his people or being with the woman he loves.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I received a free ARC copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own. Yay. Another alien novel with adventure and romance. I really have been looking forward to this book since I read the first in the series, the Mercenary. It did not disappoint. In fact it surprised me how great it was. These are stand alone books but I recommend reading the first in the series so you understand more of the universe the author has been building. There are many alien spe I received a free ARC copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own. Yay. Another alien novel with adventure and romance. I really have been looking forward to this book since I read the first in the series, the Mercenary. It did not disappoint. In fact it surprised me how great it was. These are stand alone books but I recommend reading the first in the series so you understand more of the universe the author has been building. There are many alien species in the universe of these books and alot of politics. The author really pulled out all the stops with these species (especially those in this book). You find out a bunch a very interesting cultural facts about the main species. It just takes the books to the next level. In this book, the two main species are Ur'quay (explorers and warriors with mind reading abilities) and Terran. I would relate the Ur'quay to a humanoid lizard. They have scales! Terran appear mostly human. Our hero is Ur'quay and he meets our heroine after she was technically abducted. They never outright say it but she was kidnapped. Accidentaly but still. It happened. She has the worst luck with getting kidnapped. The Ur'quay are nice about it though and want to put her back. Like the Ur'quay, our heroine is also telepathic (an abnormality amongst her people). It causes problems initially. Our hero takes it upon himself to protect her both physically and mentally and seems willing to sacrifice everything for her. You fall in love with him fairly quickly. He strong yet kind and likes to hide that he's kind. He just comes across as very commanding and protective and I love that in my heros. And there is so much drama and adventure through this book. And secrets. Can't forget those. So many important secrets. So to best describe the book I will just borrow from the author's blurb and call it a 'space opera'. The plot will take you on a journey but I can promise you will fall in love with this universe and these characters by the time your done.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sheena

    Cosmic tale and epic love story... A glorious tale of derring do in a star system many lifetimes away from here... I have spent some considerable time debating the essence of this captivating book: it is most assuredly a thrilling sci fi adventure with warring parties and a despicable enemy, but underlying the excitement and adventure there is a slow-burning, sweet romance between Sila, a young, gifted woman, accidentally and irrevocably caught up in off world politics, and her Star Captain Zh’hi Cosmic tale and epic love story... A glorious tale of derring do in a star system many lifetimes away from here... I have spent some considerable time debating the essence of this captivating book: it is most assuredly a thrilling sci fi adventure with warring parties and a despicable enemy, but underlying the excitement and adventure there is a slow-burning, sweet romance between Sila, a young, gifted woman, accidentally and irrevocably caught up in off world politics, and her Star Captain Zh’hir Mu’raat a hero-warrior and leader from a legendary alien race.... Fundamentally, I think it is suffice to say that this book works on many levels: it has strong empathetic characters, who may be extra-terrestrial, but seem very much human with their dramas, hopes, humour, and emotions; it has a vividly described backdrop landscape, which may be an authors invention, but is realistic and completely fascinating; and it has a plot that is original, unpredictable and enthralling. The author has such a fertile imagination, and within these pages she has skilfully woven a wonderfully detailed alternative universe and storyline...everything seems so believable, the politics, the interplay, the good, and the bad, that it is almost possible to believe Arakola actually exists out there beyond our stars.. This is a standalone story but it fits perfectly with the story of Saakshi and Zoran that began with The Mercenary and continues within this story... and whilst it is not essential to read the first book, the writing is so good and the world building so compelling why wouldn’t you.....I can not commend this book highly enough to anyone who enjoys a cosmic tale and an epic love story......I received an advanced copy of this book from the author.

  11. 5 out of 5

    J.D. DeHart

    The Starfarer is engaging science fiction by anyone’s standard, I especially appreciate how this author balanced a number of vivid and fleshed out characters and maintained an interesting plot along the way.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Breane Ross

    Received an arc from netgalley. Wow! Really loved this book. Now I need to get the first one. Definitely recommend it!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Despina

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for a honest review. I loved this book. What a great sci-fi romance this was for me, I love how the author slowly builds this world so you get lost in the world of Araloka. This book it had everything I love romance, action, adventure, great characters, interesting worlds without overwhelming me. I just wanted to savor this book. I don't know where to start, this book was amazing for me, I just wanted it to go on and on, all the elements of romance wh I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for a honest review. I loved this book. What a great sci-fi romance this was for me, I love how the author slowly builds this world so you get lost in the world of Araloka. This book it had everything I love romance, action, adventure, great characters, interesting worlds without overwhelming me. I just wanted to savor this book. I don't know where to start, this book was amazing for me, I just wanted it to go on and on, all the elements of romance where beautiful. Then there was the action/suspense parts which had my heart racing along, wanting to to know that everyone was going to be okay. I loved Sila and her Star Captain, so romantic and it was wonderful to catch up with Saakshi and Zoran from the first book. Petra Landon's, new book, The Stafarer definitely takes you on an adventure one that I was sad to see end. I cannot wait to see where she takes us next. Wonderful just wonderful, it's so hard to find sci fi romances like this, so when I do I just want to shout it out.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Grant Leishman

    Reviewed for The Author Resource Centre by Grant Leishman I’ve said it in the past, but it bears repeating that; one of the most rewarding parts of being a professional reviewer is the opportunity to watch an author grow and develop within his/her genre. This is certainly the case, for me, with Petra Landon. The Starfarer (The Araloka Chronicles Book 2) is now the fourth Landon book I have read and I continue to watch her story-telling skills evolve and improve. Within her four books, we have tw Reviewed for The Author Resource Centre by Grant Leishman I’ve said it in the past, but it bears repeating that; one of the most rewarding parts of being a professional reviewer is the opportunity to watch an author grow and develop within his/her genre. This is certainly the case, for me, with Petra Landon. The Starfarer (The Araloka Chronicles Book 2) is now the fourth Landon book I have read and I continue to watch her story-telling skills evolve and improve. Within her four books, we have two very distinct and different genres, the first being fantasy, with the Saga of the Chosen series and the second being Science Fiction in the Araloka Chronicles. While on the surface it might seem like they are two very different genres, the reality, on closer inspection, is that they are not. Landon writes about relationships, especially relationships between different and disparate people, including inter-species. This is what ultimately ties her four books together. The core of her writing is about love, commitment and the underlying ideals that underpin humanity. In two of her novels she has chosen to clothe these ideals in a background of fantasy and in two, in a science fiction background. For me, as a reader, this just makes her books more interesting and displays her innate story-telling ability. In this latest iteration, of the Araloka Chronicles, we meet a new character along with many of the characters we met in the first of this series, The Mercenary. Star Captain Zh’hir Mu’raat is of the Ur’quay species. Once renowned and feared throughout the galaxies as one of the foremost space-travelling and honourable species, inexplicably several centuries ago, the Ur’quay chose to cut themselves off from the rest of the cosmos, in order to preserve and purify the Ur’quay line. This decision has been a disaster for the people of Ur’qia and now, short on food and facing extinction, as a species, Zh’hir has been sent out to find food sources and most importantly the fuel Ur’qia needs to survive – the ubiquitous skoal. When Zh’hir arrives in the Araloka sector of the universe, a sector his forebears were very familiar with, he discovers the sector at war with the evil Budh-Ketaari Empire, bent on galaxy domination. Linking up with the Kampuchan Alliance and the Hadari’Kor mercenary Zoran, Zh’hir is determined to use his people’s advanced technology and history of warfare to rid the galaxy of the Budh-Ketaari Empire. When gathering samples of stoal on Terra-Agri-5, Zh’hir inadvertently collects more than he bargained for, in the form of a beautiful, young terran woman by the name of Sila Gatherer. The attraction between this young woman and the massive, Ur’quay warrior is instantaneous and it soon becomes obvious that Sila, as a person, is much more than they initially thought. Sila holds some secrets, within her, that will open Zh’hir’s eyes as to the wrongs perpetrated by his own forebears, centuries earlier. I found The Starfarer (The Araloka Chronicles Book 2) to be a fantastic read, full of adventure, action and thrills, all tautly pulled together by author Petra Landon. A few things lifted this book up above the rest of the science fiction market, for me. The first of those is the underlying themes that run through the threads of the story. It is rare to meet characters such as Zh’hir and Zoran who are so beautifully drawn and also remarkably faithful to their morals and their beliefs in what is right or wrong. Warriors and fighters they may be, but they governed their lives and instincts by their respective “codes”. The camaraderie of the two vastly different, but ultimately similar forces, the Hadari’Kor and the Ur’quay was wonderfully crafted by the author. Counterpointed against the violence and the battles was this dual love affair, between species, that occurred between Zoran (a Hadari’Kor) and his love, Saakshi (a Budheyan) along with Zh’hir and his passion, the young terran, Sila. I thought the romance and love scenes were incredibly sensitively written, sensual, without being smutty and just added to the entire story beautifully. The allegory from this story of the inter-species relationships, for me, was the idea that no matter what your culture, your skin colour, your religion, your creed, your physical characteristics; love is always love and love trumps all of it. I really appreciated that in the story. The other underlying theme that resonated with me, especially in today’s increasingly separatist and isolationist world is learning the lessons the Ur’quay people had to learn the hard way – that separating yourself from the rest of the universe (read humanity here) is ultimately a self-defeating road. I almost expected Zh’hir to produce a cap from centuries ago that read – “Make Ur’Qia Great Again”. The author may or may not have intended that to shine through her work, but for me it definitely did. Petra Landon has thrilled me again and I cannot wait to read more of her work in the future. I like my science fiction with lots of story and a minimum of confusing technology and technical expertise. Petra Landon’s Araloka Chronicles fills that requirement perfectly. I hope there are further sequels to both the Araloka Chronicles and the Saga of the Chosen, as I am still excited by both of these sagas however I am also anticipating where Landon’s muse might lead her in the future. I have no doubt it will be successful and highly readable. Make no mistake Petra Landon is one of the top indie authors, in my opinion, in the marketplace today, for sheer readability and excitement.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Julia Red Hatter Book Blog

    The Starfarer puts all other sci-fi romance books to shame. The way Petra Landon seamlessly wrote the sci-fi action and romance together has put The Starfarer in a class of it's own! I'll start off by saying this is the second in the Araloka Chronicles, The Mercenary being the first, and you don't have to read the first one but I highly recommend it! Now that I've said that, let me continue to wax poetically about how much I friggin loved The Starfarer. I'll be honest, I knew I'd love it but I t The Starfarer puts all other sci-fi romance books to shame. The way Petra Landon seamlessly wrote the sci-fi action and romance together has put The Starfarer in a class of it's own! I'll start off by saying this is the second in the Araloka Chronicles, The Mercenary being the first, and you don't have to read the first one but I highly recommend it! Now that I've said that, let me continue to wax poetically about how much I friggin loved The Starfarer. I'll be honest, I knew I'd love it but I thought it wouldn't be able to compare to my love for The Mercenary. I was wrong! Petra Landon stepped this one up by about 100 notches. We meet the Star Captain and Sila in the first book, and you are instantly curious about them. This book starts off a bit before the last one and continues on from there. Sila is from a farming planet and hasn't been content in her life for awhile. A mishap brings her aboard the Henia and into the sights of the Star Captain. After learning they share some secrets, an unlikely friendship arises. When Sila is finally sent home, they both realize they will miss each other. This is a time of war, not everything will be neat and not everything will happen as it's suppose to. When these two meet back up, we are gifted with one of the most sweet and innocent romances to ever bloom. I am so in love with this world. I really am. Not only do we have the sweet romance blooming, we also have an unavoidable war blooming. With the Star Captain and his people being the secret weapon. These pages are filled with love, hope, action, and courage. I kinda want to shout from the rooftops that everyone needs to read this! The writing will have you so wrapped up in the story that you won't notice what time or day it is. You get so lost into the pages that you have no desire to set it down. These characters just jump off the pages. They feel so real. Everything does. Obviously I recommend this book to everyone. Any sci-fi fan will spend hours lost in this book. The Starfarer will grab you and not let go until the final page, all while wishing you could be immersed in this world again.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Charity at OnMyKindleBR

    I received a free copy of this book and opted to share a review. What really elevates this novel from being a run-of-the-mill romance are its main characters, setting, and the intergalactic politics. The backstories of the main characters are as interesting as they are diverse, and they provide a different perspective on the war that is being waged against the Ketaari. The setting provides a panoramic view of the Araloka Sector, its inhabitants, and the various spacecraft and space stations. The I received a free copy of this book and opted to share a review. What really elevates this novel from being a run-of-the-mill romance are its main characters, setting, and the intergalactic politics. The backstories of the main characters are as interesting as they are diverse, and they provide a different perspective on the war that is being waged against the Ketaari. The setting provides a panoramic view of the Araloka Sector, its inhabitants, and the various spacecraft and space stations. The intergalactic politics provide intrigue and plenty of action that complement the interspecies romance between the main characters; a romance that is a bold move on Landon's part as one species is similar to contemporary humans while the other species is humanoid with reptilian attributes. I don't think hard-core fans of the science fiction or romance genres are going to find this book intriguing because the plot is a balance of the two. However, I think readers who enjoy light science fiction or light romance will find the combination appealing. It is most definitely not a book for bigots; if you had issues with the "Mass Effect" games because they discussed interspecies relationships, you don't want to read this book. As for me, even though I'm not a huge romance fan, I enjoyed The Starfarer and I'm looking forward to reading more of "The Araloka Chronicles" in the future.

  17. 5 out of 5

    M Hew

    I should’ve read the 1st book in the series, as not having read it affected my enjoyment of this book. There were times when the book dragged for me and times when extra conflict was thrown in that I felt was unnecessary. Overall, the story was good; however, I’m not sure if I would read the other books in the series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    frances dunning

    I'm devouring this book. I thought The Mercenary was action packed The Starfarer will take your breath away. I don't want this story to end. This is a must read for anyone that enjoys a sci-fi romance full of non-stop action and adventure. Sila and Zh'hir story is truly brilliant. I absolutely loved them. There is just the right amount of technical data and science that you can imagine yourself transported right into the middle of the action. It was exciting to watch the characters evolve in the I'm devouring this book. I thought The Mercenary was action packed The Starfarer will take your breath away. I don't want this story to end. This is a must read for anyone that enjoys a sci-fi romance full of non-stop action and adventure. Sila and Zh'hir story is truly brilliant. I absolutely loved them. There is just the right amount of technical data and science that you can imagine yourself transported right into the middle of the action. It was exciting to watch the characters evolve in the story and how the characters from The Mercenary played an integral part in the story. There was a sense of closure for me with Zoran and Saakshi. While lines were being dangled for the future stories. Truly the best sci-fi series. The writing is flawless. The balancing of romance in the plot with the space opera intrigue and action is truly unique. I can't imagine finding a better read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. So much fun to have my hands on another Petra Landon book. This is the fourth one I've read and I haven't given her a rating lower than 4 stars. The books are so much fun and especially the worldbuilding is so good. It even includes a lot of made up words and little bits of a totally different language. This is the second book in this series and the first one was great to read as well. A longer review Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. So much fun to have my hands on another Petra Landon book. This is the fourth one I've read and I haven't given her a rating lower than 4 stars. The books are so much fun and especially the worldbuilding is so good. It even includes a lot of made up words and little bits of a totally different language. This is the second book in this series and the first one was great to read as well. A longer review can be found at Bite Into Books One of the fun things when you're a blogger is to meet new people. Other bloggers, different authors... I can easily say that I've got this great collaboration thing going on with Petra Landon. It all started with her first book, I was hooked and after that we hit it off by emailing at least once a week. I just love her books, love her as an author, but Petra Landon is also a very sweet person. I do hope we can do this together for a very long time; her writing books and me fangirling over them.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Boundless Book Reviews

    I voluntarily received a copy of Starfarer for review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I think I did this book a disservice by not giving myself a refresher and rereading book one, The Mercenary which I rated 4.5 Boundless stars. In my opinion, The Starfarer really can’t be read as a standalone novel, because even though each book in this series has a different set of main characters with a romantic subplot; the overall plot of the books and the series is a Space Opera. Which is great, but I voluntarily received a copy of Starfarer for review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I think I did this book a disservice by not giving myself a refresher and rereading book one, The Mercenary which I rated 4.5 Boundless stars. In my opinion, The Starfarer really can’t be read as a standalone novel, because even though each book in this series has a different set of main characters with a romantic subplot; the overall plot of the books and the series is a Space Opera. Which is great, but if you are like me and read and listen to 100’s of books a year you need that refresher and sadly there really isn’t any recap. It just basically starts from where The Mercenary ends. I found my self a bit lost, searching my brain for the remnants of the Mercenary that I read a year ago. I think had I not read the Mercenary I would have been in better shape for this book rather than grasping at tatters of my horrible memory. So my suggestion either refresh or read together, I would never ever suggest starting a series at book two so you can forget that. LOL Sila and Zh’hir share a unique ability, and that is the reason they become close. Nope, not going to spoil it. Zh’hir is an expert in his and is helping to train Sila. What I didn’t understand if this is an innate ability of the Ur’quay people why is it forbidden? What is its use, if they don’t use it? Why is Sila put in danger over and over using an ability she can barely control when Zh’hir is the better choice? These things didn’t make sense to me. Overall the book was good, especially the interactions with Sila and Zh’hir, I loved watching their romance bud. I am giving The Starfarer 3 Boundless Stars. http://www.boundlessbookreviews.com https://www.facebook.com/BBReviews

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joyffree

    Landon has once again delivered. This is the second book in the Araloka Chronicles, it can be read as a standalone. Though in my personal opinion the story flows better and is more emotionally potent having read the first book. If you are new to The Araloka Chronicles you are in for a treat! The world building is spectacular - Landon has built such a complex and vivid universe with this series. The storyline is meticulous and engaging, effortlessly drawing me in and keeping me entertained. Sila Landon has once again delivered. This is the second book in the Araloka Chronicles, it can be read as a standalone. Though in my personal opinion the story flows better and is more emotionally potent having read the first book. If you are new to The Araloka Chronicles you are in for a treat! The world building is spectacular - Landon has built such a complex and vivid universe with this series. The storyline is meticulous and engaging, effortlessly drawing me in and keeping me entertained. Sila and Zh'hir are enchanting main characters. Both are well scripted and endearing - as a reader I couldn't help but be drawn into their emotional vortex Sila is surviving and it seems she is not always without mishap, but she tries. An error by the Ur'quay's lands her in a bit of a situation. The resulting incidents that follow her return change her life forever providing her with the adventure she has always sought but possibly at a higher price than she can afford to pay - the old saying "be careful what you wish for" possibly applies here Zh'hir understands that it is time for his people to step forward and embrace the new world or face the possibility that their race will die out and become only starfire stories. He has chosen to embrace. The Starfarer is an action-packed space opera that will indulge all of your reading whims - action, suspense, adventure, exploration, and romance. I absolutely craved the turn of each page - each new twist and discovery a consummate reflection of the strength in Landon's writing" I read a copy via kindle unlimited

  22. 5 out of 5

    BCD Book Review - Rachel & Jen

    Amount of sex 2 / 5 How explicit is the sex scenes 2 / 5 Story 4 / 5 Overall: 4 / 5 Review: An unlikely pair - a starship captain and field worker meet by accident and start an unexpected romance and adventure. Sila keeps to herself as she can read minds unlike the rest of her Terran species. When she is accidentally transported on to a starship, she finds herself in danger and thrust into a new life. Zh'hir is from a mysterious alien race that is working with the Alliance to rid the galaxy of the e Amount of sex 2 / 5 How explicit is the sex scenes 2 / 5 Story 4 / 5 Overall: 4 / 5 Review: An unlikely pair - a starship captain and field worker meet by accident and start an unexpected romance and adventure. Sila keeps to herself as she can read minds unlike the rest of her Terran species. When she is accidentally transported on to a starship, she finds herself in danger and thrust into a new life. Zh'hir is from a mysterious alien race that is working with the Alliance to rid the galaxy of the evil Imperial Forces. Zh'hir feels responsible for Sila when his ship takes her while looking for a resource that is essential to his planet. But is it only his honor that keeps him drawn to her? Petra Landon's epic space drama continues after The Mercenary. We get to see lots of Zoran and Saakshi from The Mercenary, but this is clearly Sila and Zh'hir's book. Landon does a great job of creating this universe. It is complicated and detailed. It is almost as much about the romance as it is about the ongoing war. Both Sila and Zh'hir are great characters that you just want more. This is perhaps my main critique of the book - the author takes a lot of time explaining the inner works of this particular universe. The book becomes less about Sila and Zh'hir and more about the war. Don't get me wrong - I liked the book and defiantly fell in love with these star-crossed lovers. Read voluntarily with a gift copy. 

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anne Szlachcic

    To fully understand the worldbuilding and characters in this book you really should read the 1st in series . The hero was intelligent and took action when necessary BUT he seemed to take too much time to resolve any issues that arose . The heroine was too meek for me - she did not stand up for herself enough …… allowing herself to be overlooked and rejected by those she helps despite all she does for them . The book had its moments where it gripped my attention but they were too few . I am unsure if To fully understand the worldbuilding and characters in this book you really should read the 1st in series . The hero was intelligent and took action when necessary BUT he seemed to take too much time to resolve any issues that arose . The heroine was too meek for me - she did not stand up for herself enough …… allowing herself to be overlooked and rejected by those she helps despite all she does for them . The book had its moments where it gripped my attention but they were too few . I am unsure if I would read any other books that might follow . I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Space Cowgirl

    The Star Captain🐺🍆🌋🔪🔫 Finds His Mate👸 Alien Alpha Male Space Opera with an Adult Romance.💕 What a ride! This book is quite exciting and involved, with a human woman being saved from slavers by Zh'hir🐺🍆🌋🔪🔫, an Ur'quay Star Captain and warrior. He has never seen a human before and she has never seen a being like him! It's a long book and there are lots of situations that Sila💃💋, the human woman, gets into, and that Zh'hir🐺🍆🌋🔪🔫, the ultimate bad boy warrior, rescues or protects her from. The Hadari'Ko The Star Captain🐺🍆🌋🔪🔫 Finds His Mate👸 Alien Alpha Male Space Opera with an Adult Romance.💕 What a ride! This book is quite exciting and involved, with a human woman being saved from slavers by Zh'hir🐺🍆🌋🔪🔫, an Ur'quay Star Captain and warrior. He has never seen a human before and she has never seen a being like him! It's a long book and there are lots of situations that Sila💃💋, the human woman, gets into, and that Zh'hir🐺🍆🌋🔪🔫, the ultimate bad boy warrior, rescues or protects her from. The Hadari'Kor Aliens are enemies of the Emperor, the commander of the Imperial Forces. There are space battles 💥, spaceships🚀, and space stations💫, all described in detail by the author. Great World🌍building! This is NOT your typical alpha alien romance, it's much better! ARC Received from Author. I also got the book with KU.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Myra Wray

    Wow. Once again I have found a good book in this story. I found it hard to put it down until the end. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

  27. 4 out of 5

    K MN

  28. 5 out of 5

    Casey

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mrs C Linda Tomlin

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Harris

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