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

The Lasaran (Aldebarian Alliance Book 1)
by Dianne Duvall
April 21, 2020
Genre: Science fiction, alien invasion, genetic engineering
460 pages

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?

The Lasaran takes place in space where Taelon is searching for his missing sister who was taken while on a diplomatic mission. When Taelon finds out that she’s being held prisoner on Earth he is quick to descend on the planet, except that when he arrives, he’s captured and experimented on. Meanwhile Lisa stumbles across the truth of a psychic study and ends up one of the subjects. She risks everything to free Taelon and together they escape and work together to avoid being captured or worse all while continuing to search for Taelon’s sister.

Dianne Duvall is kicking off a promising new series with The Lasaran and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to read it, nor more excited for the next book in the series. Taelon and Lisa are easy to like and I was in their corner from the start. At first they seem so different, I mean they’re literally worlds apart and yet they worked well as partners, friends, and lovers. There were plenty of moments in The Lasaran that tested the growing relationship between them and I loved that they were able to meet those challenges head on and grow from each experience.

My overall experience with this book was one of suspense, mystery, and delight. Duvall did such a great job at creating and inviting readers into this new world where it seems like anything goes and only the strong survive. I loved the action, adventure and pacing that made for a smooth reading experience. I could go on and on but I’m afraid to spoil things for those who have yet to read the book. The one thing I will say is that there is a small connection to Duvall’s Immortal Guardians and since I haven’t read them all yet I felt I was missing some information. But it wasn’t enough to deter me from enjoying myself. So I would definitely recommend The Lasaran to readers who are looking for some out-of-this-world romantic adventure.

Sheep Rating: 4 sheep

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About the Author:
Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians series and The Gifted Ones series. Reviewers have called Dianne's books "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly), "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "extraordinary" (Long and Short Reviews), and"wonderfully imaginative" (The Romance Reviews). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers' Choice* Awards and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews, and/or Night Owl Reviews.

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.

For the latest news on upcoming releases, contests, and more, please visit You can also find Dianne online . . .

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