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Branded Possession: A Dark Scifi Romance (The Machinery of Desire Book 3) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07C9G3LW7
- Language : English
- File size : 5456 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 318 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 450,093 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This one took a while to click for me, I didn't relate to Gio as well as i did to central characters in the previous books, but we got there in the end. I love the world Cari has created here.
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If this was a contemporary romance, based on Earth with Ryke as a human, I would consider him morally depraved and somewhat evil. He carries an air of menace and dark about him, exploiting the attraction between Gio and himself in order to manipulate her. However, since this is based in another universe I really liked him instead. I'd run screaming in the opposite direction if I met Ryke, but my word he did some hot things to Gio.
I loved Gio, her mind was a constant whirl of plans, worries, analysis and pushing crap into boxes to ignore forever or to examine later. I adored her mental debates with herself, and how honest she was in these. She was so scarily rational. So ration in fact that it didn't take her long to accept what Ryke did because, well damn, she enjoyed it.
You can really feel the plot building in this story, with lots of political and Aerthe machinations occurring as sub-plots. Towards the end these almost pull us away from Gio and Ryke, but those final scenes make it clear that this was (I think) deliberate by the author, reflecting Gio's feelings of being adrift and purposeless, perhaps of abandonment too. Whilst there is a scene that suggests the title refers to Gio, it could equally refer to Ryke and his marked role as the KOL (King's Own Lawgiver), the belief that he is the prophet or even the Dekkers with their blue etchings from their livelihoods, or following Aerthe's manipulation of them. That is the wonder of Cari Silverwood's writing. She opens so many doors for your mind to travel through, scattering little breadcrumbs to lead you on the most fantastical of journey's. It doesn't harm that she writes damn good kinky scenes too.
If you ever join this authors facebook group DON'T LET ON WHAT SCARES YOU. She is more sadistic than Ryke and merrily wove mechanical 8-legged creepy-bots and claustrophobia inducing headgear into the story, just to torment her readers (evil woman, lol). However her brief homage to The Hitchhiker's Guide made me forgive her. Well that and all the really good naughty stuff in here.
This book had so much stuff going on! I loved the underdeck and the whole storyline about Ryke's mother. I really loved Gio she was badass and could play mind games just as well as Ryke. Ryke for his part was a bastard but I still liked him. At the end when the Gathering happens and the chapters after that were surprising and really cool. A very interesting story with lots of twists and turns I loved it.
You never know where a Cari Silverwood story is going to take you. It’s one of the reasons I love her books, nothing is predictable or simple and this story is no exception. I thought it was going to be a love story between the torturer and his prisoner, but there is so much more.
There is political intrigue, assassination attempts, spies, betrayals, and tragedy. Old enemies and friends appear and more of Aerthe’s magic is revealed. But most important to me is the understanding and empathy I developed towards the Mekkers, a group I’ve had a hard time liking.
We find out about the inner workings of their vast ships, a caste system that keeps the Mekkers who inhabit the lower level of the ships in their place where most lead dangerous short lives. They’ve even developed bright blue marking on their skins that distinguish them from the rest of Mekker society. Their circumstances reminded me of untouchables from some cultures. It was heart breaking to realize that they are doing the dangerous work that keeps the ships running and they are hidden away in the bowels and shunned. This is the world Ryke has come from.
But it is not all doom and gloom. There is loyalty and hope in this tight knit community. A prophecy with the promise of a better life for many sustains these people. And there is love, because this is a love story. Not your typical kind, it is written by Cari Silverwood and if you’ve read anything by her, you know the path to love and HEA is a twisted, complicated, kinky one.
By the end of this novel I was cheering for the Mekkers and Ryke, a man I didn’t think I would ever like had redeemed himself and made himself worthy of Gio.
I definitely recommend this book.