By Sharon Stevenson, Aug 5 2013 10:53PM
I was intrigued by this one when I picked it up a few weeks ago. Just got the chance to read it and the first thing I thought was 'Wow, this is brutal... these are real pirates' -
Amazon Review, filed under 'Gritty Entertaining Sci-Fi' -
'Nastragull' is the story of pirate Alexa, and military cadet Alec who is captured by her captain along with his friends.
The story strikes a dark and remorselessly brutal tone right from the start, which fits very well with the main cast of characters being blood-thirsty pirates. It's a graphic and gut-wrenching tale of the depravities and brutality visited upon the helpless slaves of these truly evil, twisted pirates. There is a ray of hope within all of this darkness however, with Alexa's dream of being rescued from the awful life she has been brought up in and Alec's attraction to her in spite of what she is.
There's a wild mix of action, sci-fi, horror, erotica, and romance in this novel which makes it difficult to classify. I enjoyed it as an entertaining and gritty read, made more believable by the brutality of the pirate characters. There were perhaps moments where what was going on was more extreme than technically required but I think that is what makes it unique. I liked the main characters but found it hard to connect with them, simply due to these extremes.
All in all I found this to be a gripping, entertaining read. I will warn it's not for the faint-hearted due to the graphic scenes of horror and erotica it contains. If you enjoy horror or dark, gritty novels this is a must read.