{ARC Review} The Chalice of Kari by Cahira O’Donnell

Posted February 27, 2015 by Lucy in Adult, Review / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Dark River Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

{ARC Review}  The Chalice of Kari by Cahira O’Donnell
The Chalice of Kari (The Daguronian Chronicles Book 1)

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Genres: Erotica Romance, Science Fiction

Series: The Daguronian Chronicles #1
Published on January 1st 1970
Published by Dark River Publishing
Format: eARC

Better to Die

Exploited by the government for her psychic gifts, Kahara Mitchell has
unwittingly been trained as a deadly assassin. Unwilling to be used to
kill innocents, she goes AWOL until her journey ends with her dying –
buried under rubble in the wake of a tsunami. At her darkest hour, Lords
Rom and Rah Andor, mirror twins from another galaxy rescue her – taking
her to their intergalactic fleet where they heal and court her,
determined to make her their own.

To Die For

Karinian Lords, Rom and Rah Andor are the co-ruling kings of the entire
Daguronian Sector. They have waited over nine hundred years to find
their destined mate. Now the two gigantic alien warriors must win
Kahara’s love and willingness to bond, or die trying. Conspiracies
abound to sabotage the triad union in an attempt to destroy the brothers
and take down House Kari.

The Mission

The royal triad is prophesied to be the powerful force uncovering an ancient exploitative system that has driven many races to near extinction. But to do so, the protective brothers must allow their beloved mate to
endanger herself as she uses her gifts fighting by their side in a war
that determines the destiny of galaxies.

I thought The Chalice of Kari has a little mix of the fantasy/paranormal flavor, with Kahara’s Shamen ability, there was also shifter and bloodsucker, although they would appear as different races of the Draguronian Sector.  The most interesting race I thought that was quite intriguing to read about was the Amonian race, and the whole Surrogates concept was just equally fascinating.  While the sexy time does get pretty sexy in the book, I thought the romance was a little too formal.  Also the last part of the book focused heavier on the politics, which can be dull and wordy at times.

As I was reading, I was glad to see Kahara becoming more of her old-self, she was quite timid when she first awakes from her “healing”.  I really like when she starts takeing charge, and not easily letting the Draguronian “ways” to change her beliefs.  Her mates, Lords, Rom and Rah have the personalities that were quite opposite from each other, but both respects and very gentle with Kahara (aside from the sexy-time of course).  Throughout the book, Kahara’s behaviors and beliefs will be constantly challenging the Draguronian traditions, and because of Kahara, the Draguronian Lords would uncover the greatest scheme and treachery in their society.

Overall, I thought this was a sexy and an interesting read for me.  Being the first of the series, there were loads information as expected.  I thought it was very interesting to learn all the details of the foreign customs, and the culture of Draguronian Sector, at the same time I also thought it can be a little overwhelming and confusing.  There was also a particular scene that I thought was a little too much for me, but it was pretty short and didn’t get too graphic.  I feel the romance between Rom, Rah and Kahara were a bit too formal for my taste, the way the Triad interacts with each other almost seem too polite too.  The Draguronian Lords were always so afraid they would physical and emotionally “hurt”, “offend” Kahara, I think I would’ve liked to see the Triad straighten their trust, and become more familiar, less formal with each other.

The Chalice of Kari is a standalone of the series, with a pretty interesting world-building, I will be interested to see what the next book will be about.

Happy Reading!! XO

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Cahira O'Donnell

Thank you for your most helpful and well thought out review.
It was a pleasure being included in your blog.
Cahira O'Donnell