#Review: Dungari Rise by Nikki Landis @landisnikkiauth
A Handmaid’s Tale meets Mad Max with a Sci-Fi Twist.
SOLD AS SLAVES
FORCED TO LIVE IN FEAR
The Dungari dominated the human world 100 years ago in a desperate attempt to save their dying race. Enslaving young women and forcing them to endure the Choosing, the Dungari seek to replenish their fallen numbers.
ONE CHOICE CAN CHANGE YOUR DESTINY
FIND THE STRENGTH TO STAND AGAINST THE ENEMY
Tuvari is a soldier who always completes his mission; honor and bravery his highest calling. He will need to decide if his loyalty belongs to his people or with the fiery temptress who has ensnared his heart.
THE RISE IS UPON US
Would you give up everything to do what is right?
***This book contains adult content and is intended for mature audiences only, 18 or older.***
I love Nikki Landis and leapt at the chance to read her latest novel, a standalone sci-fi romance Dungari Rise. This is not a novel for the faint of heart, it tackles some really tough subjects and doesn’t hold back in any way but this is what makes it such a strong novel, we are dealt some brutal blows during the course of this book but they just make what follows all the sweeter.
Earth has been taken over by the Dungari, a race of aliens who need our women to breed, conveniently humans are fully compatible with Dungari biology for breeding and as they have been unable to produce babies with each other for some time the fate of their race relies on this programme on Earth.
Each year girls over 18 are sold in what is essentially a cattle market, sold to Dungari officers as little more than sex slaves. Synika has been in hiding with her brother who leads a group of rebels for several years, avoiding the meat market. Keeping her head low all has been going well until Tuvari, a Dungari soldier ‘rescues’ her and she finds herself in the one place she doesn’t want to be.
From the moment we meet Tuvari he is a gentleman, clearly a gentleman who wants to get in Synika’s pants, but a gentleman nonetheless. He tells her what she needs to do to avoid drawing attention, how to act, what to say, and he helps her out of any sticky situation she gets into. As a friendship forms between them, it’s clear that not all Dungari men are the monsters we believe them to be from the arrangement they have set up.
Several of the things that happen to both Synika and other girls in the harem that Synika ends up in are toe-curlingly awful. These things drive Synika’s personality and actions later in the book though and show us what type of person she is to the core and in her place, I would be exactly the same. She is an incredibly strong and willful woman, but as she becomes more connected to Tuvari, as he continues to prove he is more than his race, and how much he can love she lets her guard down to let him in.
This is a wonderful book and my favourite Nikki Landis by far, although it’s a standalone I’m really hoping that there will be more from this world because I liked so many of the characters and the world building was stunning.
A huge thanks to Nikki Landis for sending me the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this book.
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Title: Dungari Rise
Author: Nikki Landis
Genre: Romance | Erotica | Sci-Fi
Publisher: Dark Arrow Publishing
Publication Date: 20 December 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
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