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    Love this new world!

    The Barren is the 2nd book in Jessie Donovan's new paranormal world known as The Kelderan Runic Warriors. Book two is centered around Vala Yarlen, a Barren, marked as a female who can't bare children and Thorin Jarrell, a general for the Kelderan army. Both characters were introduced to you in book one. Vala, General Thorin and a large group of people are aboard a spaceship, which Thorin himself is leading, and headed for a new colony. They are leaving their home in Keldera and heading to Jasvar, to help save their people from dying and to try and build a better way of life for all. Vala has been stationed to help General Thorin in all matters, which she is upset about but will rise above. They do not have the best of relationships and she's afraid he might judge her for her previous attempts at helping others. To him she is merely a barren, who should reflect her eyes to the ground at all times and whom he has no use for. She sees him as a hard ass General that nobody likes but seem to respect. Along the way they are hit with one unforeseen problem after another and have decided to work together and to trust each other in order to survive. Vala learns a secret about who the General really is and why he is the way he is. She is very understanding of his secret and begins to see him in a different light. She also tries to help him see that he is more then just his secret and they end up bonding and falling in love. Which of course causes more problems and secrets to be kept because a General can not take a bride below him, and there is nothing below a Barren level. A new enemy is brought to life in this book along with a secret that you never saw coming. The book is filled with action, adventure, romance and sexually charged scenes. There is also one scene involving abuse that sensitive readers may find disturbing but is the build up for the next book and very well written. While reading in order isn't necessary you'd probably find the second book more enjoyable if you read The Conquest, book one. I was given a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
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    The Barren

    I couldn't wait for this book to come out after reading book one. It was all I hoped and more! Thank you, Jessie Donovan, for this wonderful story of love for those who didn't think they could ever have it. I admit I wasn't so sympathetic to Thorin until I read his story. Can't tell you why you'll have to find out for yourself. Vala is a Barren. Literally a labeled class of women who could not bear children, an imperative in their society. They were marked-yes-an actual tattoo on their forehead that identified them to all. No man would ever marry one of them. Vala had an invitation to a new society on a world who could give her chances she'd never have in her own world. Thorin is the General in charge of the transport ship Vala is traveling to her new life. She is assigned to tend to his needs. Although some Barren did more than clean the room, Vala did not. The happening that brought the two together was pure genius. The author made the situation so strong. The choices were no choices at all. It forced them together. Enough said. Learning about the man, having sexual feelings is new to Vala. Can she succumb? When trouble shows can he protect this woman who draws him? The danger is worse because he doesn't know the source. The story line is compelling. The characters captivating. The steam all consuming. The secrets critical. Plan to sit back and enjoy reading--cover to cover. Putting it down is going to be as hard as solving their problems. While addicted to the author's dragons, this series has my heart as well. I want these people living such constricted lives to find freedom and love. My message to Ms. Donovan, More, please. I voluntarily reviewed this advanced reader copy and I have not been compensated in any way.
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    The Barren

    Such a great and emotional storyline. With kidnapping, ship swapping through transporting and the love between the groups just keeps me coming back four more. A excellent story line for both The conquest an The Barren!
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