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Review: The Lasaran (Aldebarian Alliance #1) by Dianne Duvall

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Today, I want to share my thoughts about a new sci-fi romance – The Lasaran. I know! I don’t usually read science fiction. However, one of my favourite indie authors decided to ventured into this genre, so where she goes I follow.

Last year, I decided that mini reviews were the way forward for this particular book blogger. 😉 Therefore, I only write full detailed reviews for the books I receive from authors, publishers and PR organiser (ARCs).


What’s The Lasaran about?

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Review: The Lasaran (Aldebarian Alliance #1) by Dianne DuvallMy Rating:
Title: The Lasaran by Dianne Duvall
Series: Aldebarian Alliance #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance (PNR)
Formats Available: Kindle with Narration, eBook, Audiobook, Paperback
Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Length: 11 hours 23 minutes
No. of Pages: 460
Source: Bought
Purchase Links:Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible ¦ Book Depository

New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall brings readers the first novel in a thrilling new sci-fi series full of action, intrigue, humor, and romance.

Taelon searches the galaxy for his younger sister, who mysteriously disappeared while on a diplomatic mission. When an ally reveals that she was seized and is being held prisoner on Earth, Taelon descends upon the blue planet, intent on freeing her and exacting vengeance. However, all does not go as planned. Before he can find her, Taelon is captured and becomes the subject of torturous experiments. For what feels like an eternity, all he knows is pain and fury… until a mind tentatively touches his own and a woman’s voice forever changes his world.

After suffering tragic losses, Lisa is finally beginning to carve out a future for herself when chance sends her to the Anomalous Cognition Research Institute. What at first appears to be a benign organization seeking participants for a psychic study instead turns out to be a government facility harboring a much darker intent. Lisa discovers this too late and soon becomes the unwilling subject of a terrifying experiment. Just as fear and desperation threaten to consume her, a deep, compelling voice penetrates the looming insanity and lends her hope.

Having seen only the worst of humanity, Taelon is shocked when Lisa risks everything to free him. Together the two make their escape, and Taelon finds himself fascinated by the small human woman who—despite all she’s suffered—can still laugh and tease and lure smiles from him. Friendship swiftly grows between them as they work together to evade soldiers intent on capturing them and find themselves hunted by mystifying preternatural beings. Through it all, Lisa steadfastly remains by his side, stealing more of his heart each day while she helps him unravel the mystery of his sister’s fate. Can they find his sister before the hunters find them? If they survive their quest, will Taelon have to bid Lisa farewell… or can he coax her into leaving her planet and joining him for the adventure of a lifetime?



What did I think about The Lasaran?

An Amazing Start To This New Sci-fi Romance Series!

I’m already a big fan of Dianne Duvall’s books but sci-fi is not my usual reading genre. However, I couldn’t let The Lasaran pass me by and I’m so glad that I took a chance. I was drawn into this story and remained hooked throughout.

I love Dianne’s writing style, the language she uses and the way she paces her plots. Both main and supporting characters are written with a range of personalities without being stereotypical. Our leading lady here, Lisa, was perfect. She displayed all the traits that I need a protagonist to have: resilience, intelligence and gumption.

I added the narration by Kristen Potter who has narrated Dianne’s other books. Kristen’s performance was excellent: conveying just what the story needed, when it was needed. She is one of the best narrators that I’ve heard.

Although there were quite a few jumps along the story timeline, I understand that they were necessary to “get everything in”. I can’t wait to get back into space and join the Aldebarian Alliance now that the scene has been set.

Keep reading to find out more about Dianne Duvall and Kristen Potter.

About Dianne Duvall

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Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians series, the Aldebarian Alliance series and The Gifted Ones series.

Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn’t writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she creates in her books.

About Kirsten Potter

Narrator - Kirsten Potter

Kirsten Potter, a graduate of the Boston University School for the Arts, has performed on stage, film, and television, including roles on MediumBones, and Judging Amy. An award-winning audiobook narrator, Kirsten has won AudioFile Earphones Awards for her reading of The Snowball by Alice Schroeder and her performance as Barbara in George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara. Her other titles include The Unthinkable by Amanda Ripley, Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson, Sammy's House by Kristen Gore, and Madapple by Christina Meldrum, which was a Booklist Editors' Choice for Best Audiobook 2008. Kirsten has received recognition from the American Academy of Achievement and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, as well as numerous regional awards.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts.

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I hope I’ve sparked your interest in The Lasaran and that you add this sci-fi romance to your groaning TBR piles. 😉

Bye for now,

Flora x

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About Author

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

(3) Comments

  1. […] Hello sci-fi fans. Today, I’m delighted to welcome best-selling author, Dianne Duvall. The Lasaran – due out on 21st April – is her latest novel that also kicks off her new sci-fi series the Aldebarian Alliance. Read my thoughts about it HERE. […]

  2. I’m also not a huge fan of sci-fi but I’ve been known to dabble when my mood allows it! I’m glad you enjoyed this novel so much ♡

    1. Thank Mikky. I’m still not sure if I’d class myself as a sci-fi reader but I’ll definitely be reading this sci-fi series! Knowing your tastes in PNR and Urban Fantasy, I think you’d enjoy this one too.

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