This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Teagan Kearney. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Veiled Planet by Teagan Kearney
Series: Hidden World Trilogy #1
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction
Release Date: June 22, 2017
Publisher: Independently Published
Source: Author, Teagan Kearney
Purchase at: Amazon
She comes from a spacefaring race. His culture is bound to the earth. Is conflict inevitable or can two young people make a difference?
Kara is so fascinated by discovering new plants that she doesn’t notice her classmates have left her behind on a survival exercise. Alone and chased by a savage predator, a Marut tribesman saves her life. Given no choice but to stay with the Maruts, Kara learns the truth about the tribe as she embarks on a life-changing journey across the sands of Hamarkhis.
During the trek, she is thrown together with a young Marut and faces natural disasters, inimical tribesmen, and hostility from her own people. Yet, most dangerous of all, are her growing feelings for the young Marut tribesman. Finding a strength she didn’t know she possessed, Kara is determined to overcome the odds, as she faces the biggest challenge of her life.
I absolutely love stories that are set in the future and on other worlds. In Veiled Planet, a space exploration vessel had been mapping the outer arm of the Eucleides galaxy and had come across a planet that met the threshold criteria for habitation. This planet, designated XL3198, had a species of hominids that lived in the northern continent of the planet. It was with this species, the Marut, that the Triumvirate Council had brokered a treaty that allowed a small group of colonists to come to the planet, now called Hamarkhis in the indigenous species native tongue, and settle there.
The colonists were allowed a piece of land where they could set up what they needed in order to survive and thrive but the trade agreement did not allow them access off the land they were designated. The Maruts may have allowed the colonists to come but they kept themselves separated from the colonists completely. The Maruts were semi-nomadic hunter gatherers and without interaction, soon the colonists began to see them as backwards and primitive. Very little was known about them and they were not forthcoming.
Kara was born on Hamarkhis and was attending the academy. She was different from the other cadets in that she preferred to spend her time learning about plants indigenous to the world they lived on. It was this curiosity that led her to fall behind on a training exercise that she was on with her squad. She had stopped to gather a sample and became separated from the others. This was a most perilous situation as Kara found herself under attack by a Kallin bear and was nearly killed. She was saved however by a tribe of Marut who had been tracking this rouge bear for the better part of a week. Although Kara survived she was not unscathed and soon lost consciousness.
Luckily for her the tribe that had saved her decided for their own reasons to heal her but they would not be returning her to the academy. She had to journey with them as they were heading to a meeting with all the other tribes that only took place once every four years. Kara had to quickly learn how to cope with this tribe and their ways. She was woefully unprepared for life within the tribe as her kind had very little information of how this species operated. There was also open hostility towards her as many of the tribal species considered her a “foreign devil.”
Ignorance with tribal customs had led Kara into a few uncomfortable situations, the most life changing was the one involving a young Marut named Rishi. This trek across the sands would forever change Kara and her beliefs of this “primitive” species that she had been forced to travel with. In the end, she would discover that there was more to the Maruts then she and her people could have ever guessed and that the biggest change she would encounter would be the direction that she would choose for herself.
Veiled Planet had great world building! I loved the Maruts and the different tribes of the species. They were each unique and their customs were well developed. Although the story most revolved around the Eastern Desert Tribe, you do learn about some of the other tribes as well. There is a great science fiction element to this story but it will have to remain a mystery until you read the story otherwise telling you is a major spoiler. 😉
In addition to the fantasy and sci-fi elements, there is also a romance element that is a strong driver of the story. I found the romance to be to be exactly as I would expect with two different species with different value systems coming together. I feel that the ending could have been more extended with more details as it felt rushed to me. I would have liked to have had an epilogue that described the last scenes instead of telling me the ending in a few short sentences. Overall though, I truly enjoyed reading Veiled Planet. It was an awesome read and I highly recommend!
*Thank you to Author Teagan Kearney for this complimentary copy of Veiled Planet*