The first book of Kate Elliott s epic Novels of the Jaran, set in an alien controlled galaxy where a young woman seeks to find her own life and love, but is tied to her brother s revolutionary fateIn the future, Earth is just one of the planets ruled by the vast Chapalii empire The volatility of these alien overlords is something with which Tess Soerensen is all too familThe first book of Kate Elliott s epic Novels of the Jaran, set in an alien controlled galaxy where a young woman seeks to find her own life and love, but is tied to her brother s revolutionary fateIn the future, Earth is just one of the planets ruled by the vast Chapalii empire The volatility of these alien overlords is something with which Tess Soerensen is all too familiar Her brother, Charles, rebelled against them at one time and was rewarded by being elevated into their interstellar system yet there is reason to believe they murdered his and Tess s parents.Struggling to find her place in the world and still mending a broken heart, Tess sneaks aboard a shuttle bound for Rhui, one of her brother s planets On the ground, she joins up with the native jaran people, becoming immersed in their nomadic society and customs while also attempting to get to the bottom of a smuggling scheme she encountered on her journey there As she grows ever closer to the charismatic jaran ruler, Ilya who is inflamed by an urgent mission of his own Tess must choose between her feelings for him and her loyalty to her brother.Jaran is the first volume of the Novels of the Jaran, which continues with An Earthly Crown, His Conquering Sword, and The Law of Becoming.
Jaran The first book of Kate Elliott s epic Novels of the Jaran set in an alien controlled galaxy where a young woman seeks to find her own life and love but is tied to her brother s revolutionary fateIn
An example of what I would label anthropological science fiction the author creates an imaginary culture and most of the book is devoted to describing that culture, generally from the point of view of an outsider who has been removed from his or her own environment and must become immersed in the ways of the new culture In this case, Tess occupies an unusually advantaged position in her encounter A member of a political an intellectual elite, she has already spent time on this planet whose peopl [...]
This review and other cool stuff can also be seen at Addicted2HeroinesThanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book.If you are a fan of books with lovely descriptions and long journeys of self discovery Do you enjoy books that are set on planets that closely mirror our own Do you love books filled with details that show what an alien culture might be like Most importantly, ask yourself thisDo I like reallyreally long books Cause this bad boy is almost 600 pages long Just sayin.Evidently, a mostly [...]
A science fiction novel which has been compared to Jane Austen, if Jane Austen were writing about a young linguist running away from her position as sister and unwilling heir to humanity s greatest leader a former rebel who has been rewarded with power by Earth s alien overlords , and who ends up stranded on an interdicted alien planet and adopted by a nomadic matriarchal horse tribe led by a man who is basically his culture s equivalent to Genghis Khan or Alexander the Great in his ambition to [...]
The first time I read this book, I was floored by how captivating, engaging, entertaining, and engrossing it was for a sci fi technically novel This is despite the fact that I was reading a double spaced draft in a cardboard box it totally drew me in My handicap was that I had long since fallen out of love with most of the sci fi fantasy genre, and had grown tired of worn out plot cliches and two dimensional characters Jaran really surprised me When I thought I knew where the story was going, El [...]
The five word summary of Genghis Khan meets Jane Austen is accurate, but fails to encompass the rich world building and the wonderful story in this book The heroine, Tess, is the much younger sister of the only human to lead a revolt against humanities mostly benevolent conquerors, the Chapalii The Chapalii, having quashed this revolt, reward Charles with an interstellar dukedom Making him the only human in the upper echelons of Chapalii society Tess is his heir, but she would rather be almost a [...]
So I give up on this book I m simply not in the mood for this and honestly I couldn t care less about the plot, its characters or the intrigue This really isn t a bad novel in itself I appreciated especially that the author took her time to show us a different world with a different culture Our heroine is stranded on the planet Rhui without the means to communicate to her brother, the Duke in charge of the planets in this territory Tess attempts to get to the bottom of a supposed conspiracy agai [...]
I wanted to like this book For the first half or so, I was very happy and making favorable comparisons to Damar There will be major spoilers for the rest of the book Enter at your own risk view spoiler The story centers around Tess, who is the sister and heir of someone who rules several planets, because the aliens gave them to him after he failed to successfully revolt This is never really explained But Tess follows some of these aliens, ends up on a low tech planet following them around and li [...]
I haven t picked up this series since high school, and I found myself engrossed as an adult than ever before As a teen I mostly wanted to see an assertive heroine navigating her love life, as an adult I also appreciate the politics and supporting characters around her.
I have absolutely no idea what to think right now Jaran combines familiar elements in a way that might be new, and yet when I look at it closely, might be derivative events are telegraphed in a way that feels obvious than organic certainly a large part of the central relationship is nothing new at all Tess, as a political idea in a complicated power dynamic, is a fascinating character As a person finding her way, her journey is much typical she s welcomed into strangers homes because protagoni [...]
3 and 1 2 stars A solid and engaging first novel from Kate Elliott, with fairly minimal SF elements and a strong focus on world building There s a comment from Judith Tarr on the cover that the book reminds her of C.J Cherryh s work, and I can see that resemblance however, this feels less of an intellectual puzzle almost clinical analysis of culture s , with emotional investment on the part of characters, writer and reader this isn t a criticism of either author s approach, as I love them both [...]
Only took 4 years to finish it.
This review can also be found on my blog, Snowflakes and Spider Silk.It s books like these that keep me coming back to sci fi Jaran is set in a the future where alien species and humans coexist rather delicately, vying for power This is only one side of this story, however, and a rather small side at that The majority of the book hardly reads like science fiction at all the protagonist, Tess, finds herself learning about and assimilating into the jaran culture, one that is markedly different fro [...]
Not exactly what I was expecting Jaran reads like a fantasy but with other planets and an alien race thrown in I was expecting scifi I liked this book but it took a really long time to get into It was rather boring for a long time There was a lot about Tess learning the culture, the language, learning to ride, and learning to use a weapon I almost quit reading before I was halfway through, but the reviews I read said that it picked up after the halfway point, so I stuck with it, and I am glad t [...]
It s not Kate Elliott s greatest, but it s readable and well written It s about horse riding nomads IN SPACE.Let me say that again RIDING NOMADS IN SPACE.Overall, most of the book is pretty standard girl meets another much less advanced culture and then becomes enchanted with it stuff plus some frontier romance plus friendships plus aliens And horses In space There is also a political subplot concerning the heroine s much older brother, which I wish was extensive Perhaps in volume 2
So engrossing I m not sure what this sub genre of science fiction is called, but it really works for me It raises the anthropological issues that occur when different alien races meet but is set in the context of one culture on a planet, not as a space opera just fascinating It did have a few Dances with Wolves Avatar ish moments, but Elliot doesn t get quite that cliche, thankfully I love books involving a lot of land travel, and Elliott s descriptive writing style perfectly frames the landscap [...]
This was the second time I ve read Jaran but the first time in 13 years and I loved it even this time round Fabulous, fun, smart and romantic space opera, all of it centered around a really wonderful heroine.
Huh Not what I was expecting at all So I loved the Crossroads series by Kate Elliot Spirit Gate, Shadow Gate, and Traitors Gate I was expecting of the same and I sort of got it maybe.This is supposedly a science fiction story there are aliens and spaceships and other trappings of scifi, but the meat of the story is set on a medieval world among a whole bunch of steppe horse lords The titular Jaran tribes If you have read Outlander then you have the same kind of idea going on.The really good par [...]
I wanted to like this than I did It was a solid story with interesting world and characters, it hooked me enough I wanted to keep reading, but I always picked it up with a sigh Not sure if it was Elliot s writing style or something about the story that was hitting me wrong without me knowing why.If you are interested in sci fi adventure that involves a mix of high and low tech cultures, it s worth checking out the sample on and seeing what you think.This book is on the Fiction books with Polyam [...]
When I try to think about what I want to write about in this review, I have to keep coming back to Roger Ebert s famous and useful maxim it s not what it s about, it s how it is about it He s talking about movies, of course, but it s just as applicable to books And that s where my troubles lie I will defend strongly the idea that science fiction and romance should not be mutually exclusive categories, although I have to admit that I haven t loved the couple of entries into that hybrid genre I ve [...]
So so good Really It really really is4.5Stars but not quite 5 hence I rounded it down.This is a re release and to be honest I was baffeled that I missed this I could have sworn I read all of Kate Elliotts books After reading this I did a search around and realised that I it wasn t at my local library nor did my favorite book stores stock any copies of it SO I am beyond glad that they re released this If you like Kate Elliott this is a MUST read This is Elliott at her best Clever world building a [...]
i m not sure who pointed me towards jaran as a series to try i think it s her earliest series as kate elliott, though she has some earlier books under a different name whoever it was, thank you so much an excellent series for me because it deals so interestingly with a society structured with an attempt to have women be in charge without simply flipping roles and having men be as subjugated as women frequently are in societies i don t want to give too much away, since part of the delight is disc [...]
The first book I ve read solely by Kate Elliott, and the first she published under this name I m not sure why I hadn t read anything by her previously, as I did love The Golden Key, which she co wrote Jaran was good enough that I m now planning of reading from her It was a very enjoyable space opera My one criticism, however, is that at times it seems a little unsure of where it s going, plot wise Our protagonist, Tess, is accidentally stranded on a primitive planet To survive, she joins a noma [...]
Really solid and strong novel Like, it was so enjoyable it sold me on Kate Elliott s work I ll probably try one or two of her other series now Previously, I ve tried Cold Magic, but I never could get into the story.Some of the best things in this book the elaborate worldbuilding culture matrifocal societies , Tess breadth of relationships friendships with men and women, romance, flings, familial relationships, etc , the plot and pace event after event unfolded at a reasonable pace, I didn t feel [...]
This has been on my to read shelf for ages I m so mad at myself for gobbling it all down in one sitting This a slow burn, slow build story with plenty of excitement, world building, mystery, tension and relationship building along the way to a highly satisfying conclusion Plus plenty left unresolved huge interstellar drama for the rest of the series I will definitely pick up the sequels What kept it from five stars in my mind was the slightlycerebral tone to the writing The philosophy, experimen [...]
I love it It s one of the few books I ve ever started re reading immediately after finishing, because the characters journeyed so far during the story I just had to go back and see it over again The balance between the science fiction and the fantasy is perfect, and the splash of anthropology kept my interest The Jaran society Elliot has built is unique and completely believable The characters feel realistic, and speak and act naturally Nothing jarred, and watching Tess integrate herself into Ja [...]
A lot of what I enjoy about Elliott s writing is already on display here good worldbuilding, characters and character development, attention to bonds between women, thoughtful emotional buildup for the most part I wasn t quite sold on the protag s attraction to Bakhtiian The plot is not at its best, however to me it felt sparse, compared to her later novels I m going to read the continuation but probably not straight away.
3.5 5very entertaining, especially as tess, the female lead bends the rules as she sees fit and challenges the ways men and women are supposed to behave but as with all of elliot s novels, this one as well is overwhelming in its length and for me somewhat exhausting in narrative skipped the lengthy boring parts with charles marcus s pov.
Kind of old school and loooong SFF, but I loved this book I was totally absorbed by Tess and Ilya s relationship and the slow burning tension between the two of them, set against the background of the Jaran culture I also have a soft spot for those SF fantasy hybrids, and this was one of them.
I m so glad these books are out as ebooks at last and I can reread them easily I first read this when it came out and it was lovely to read again I m not going to dive into the next one immediately, but I m looking forward to gowing back to Rhui again.