Empress Nadira, a beautiful, strong willed young woman on the planet Venus, has fallen desperately into forbidden love with her slave, Kiln. But when Nadira joins the highest council in the land, her secret is revealed. On a planet where women rule and men obey, she will stop at nothing to rescue Kiln before he faces the ultimate punishment, death.
Embittered by her mother's execution, Czarina Arees will do anything to become the Leader of High Council, and nothing, not even the new upstart councilwoman Nadira, will stop her. When Nadira refuses to vote in Arees favor, there will be only one option left, murder.
Empress Eva thinks she has it all: wealth, power and a mother who adores her. That is, until she meets Lex. When she takes him in as her slave, her world is turned upside down. His red hair and crimson eyes intrigue her. His touch sets her on fire. When the beautiful alien captures her heart, she is forced to make a life changing choice: pursue a political career and stay in her mother's love, or give it all up for the love of her slave?
The Slave Planet is a science fiction, interracial (black woman white man) romance filled with suspense and and heroism. It deals with the issues of women, race, politics and classism. It is a thrilling journey into an alternate history when women rule the world.
Maggie's Review: 3.5 Stars Although I found the book to start a little rough - the dialogue felt long while the sequence of time went too quickly, once it found a better pacing I really got hooked.
The culture of the book was really interesting - having a matriarchal society where men were used as slaves was a mind-broadening experience; it almost toyed with your assumptions and gave a twist as to where you expected the storyline to go and added a good sense of unpredictability. Obviously, no one would want a society where slavery is an accepted practice, but this dystopian society was well thought out in its creation - the political tension, the underground markets, and the different cities/communities that made up the planet.
I struggled some with the relationship of Nadira and Marie in the beginning because it seemed inconsistent. First Marie being upset that Nadira was too friendly with Kiln, then sending her to live on her own with Kiln and no supervision. However, the way Marie and Nadira worked together in the end helped clarify their stance with each other.
I'm not much for rating with half stars, but this one I teetered between three and four stars as I compared it in my mind to other books I've enjoyed, and I'd have to give it 3.5 stars. I really got hooked in the adventure, but at times the flow of the story was choppy from errors (you vs. you're, then for than, and bought instead of brought) that were prevalent throughout the book. But, with the string of characters that survived and the adventure where the book ended, I am really looking forward to the next book in the series.
Please Note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author for sharing your work!