The Bastard's Pearl by Connie BaileyThe Bastard's Pearl by Connie Bailey

The Bastard's Pearl

byConnie Bailey

Paperback | April 28, 2015

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When Sheyn, a headstrong young aristocrat, disobeys his parents and travels to the far east, he passes through Kandaar, an isolated country of strange customs. He is abducted, transformed by a mysterious ritual, and sold to a barbarian king as a pleasure slave. When the king is killed by Kashyan the Bastard, dispossessed prince of Clan Savaan, Sheyn becomes Kashyan's possession.

The Bastard expects Sheyn-now called Pearl-to behave as an obedient pleasure slave, but compliance is not in Sheyn's nature. Nor does Sheyn's ordeal stop at being held captive by people he considers savages. The Red Temple covets Sheyn as a living gateway to the demon realm and plans to use him to summon the God of Death.

Kashyan loathes Sheyn, and Sheyn despises Kashyan, but when the Red Temple kidnaps Sheyn, honor compels Kashyan to rescue his slave, and he starts a war in the process. If they hope to stop the Red Monks from bringing hell to earth, Sheyn will have to accept Kashyan is more than an uncivilized brute, and Kashyan will have to admit there's more to his Pearl than a pretty, arrogant exterior.

Title:The Bastard's PearlFormat:PaperbackDimensions:324 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 28, 2015Publisher:Dreamspinner PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1632168782

ISBN - 13:9781632168788

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overall, pretty good. In general, I enjoyed this. I would rate this closer to the higher end of a 3, but the last five or so chapters just didn't do it for me, and put it closer down to an 3.0. The POV was all over the place and the narrative kind of did too. There were a few things that I felt could have been left out, such as Luks heritage, as it didn't really add much to the story. I also thought it strange that whenever a boy was transformed into an daaski, they were asked if they were still pure, so I thought Sheyn's rape when he was 12 must have had something to do with why he was so different to others, but that was never actually addressed. I found the relationship between Kandaar and Sheyn to be rushed, going from hating to literally not being able to be apart, which I get was because of a bond, but it feels like the bond was the only reason, as opposed to being the catalyst. But, overall, it was a pretty good read.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overall, pretty good. In general, I enjoyed this. I would rate this closer to the higher end of a 3, but the last five or so chapters just didn't do it for me, and put it closer down to an 3.0. The POV was all over the place and the narrative kind of did too. There were a few things that I felt could have been left out, such as Luks heritage, as it didn't really add much to the story. I also thought it strange that whenever a boy was transformed into an daaski, they were asked if they were still pure, so I thought Sheyn's rape when he was 12 must have had something to do with why he was so different to others, but that was never actually addressed. I found the relationship between Kandaar and Sheyn to be rushed, going from hating to literally not being able to be apart, which I get was because of a bond, but it feels like the bond was the only reason, as opposed to being the catalyst. But, overall, it was a pretty good read.
Date published: 2017-03-06