"Raising Amalia" is the beginning of epic journey and a prequel to "Escaping Fate", the first book in the Veredian Chronicles. Sevina is forced to mate with another slave as part of a psi breeding program. Her chosen male is also her true mate. Their child is Amalia. The blurb describes this as sci-fi romance but I’m not really sold on the romance part. There’s a love story but it’s doesn't feel romantic, not really. That’s not to say that the story isn’t exceptional because it is.
The world building is complex and detailed. The surprises and secrets keep the reader engaged and fascinated. This is a harsh and brutal world. Slavery and all its ugliness is on full display. No one is spared, especially the main characters. This is really well written sci-fi. Don’t expect a pleasurable read. This is tough stuff but incredibly detailed and oddly believable. It’s truly the story of the making of Amalia and the price that those who loved her paid. A remarkable tale of courage, love, pain and loss. Escaping Fate is must read after this one.
Sevina has never known life outside a slave ship… until today. At twenty-two, she’s sent to Eryon Valis, a Korlethean slave with whom she must mate as part of their master’s psi breeding program. When a prophecy sets a target on her, Eryon secretly shields her and their unborn daughter from those who would harm them.
Unbeknownst to Sevina, her mother Maheva faces her own emotional turmoil while playing a dangerous game to protect her children from the crew and the twisted Guldan beliefs of their Master Gruuk.
As one tragedy compounds another, will Fate forsake them or set the path to a better future?