Audiobook Review: Taken to Sasor (Xiveri Mates, #3). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Taken to Sasor by Elizabeth Stephens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Don’t run. Don’t fight. Just hide. That’s all we can do against the Sasor barbarian horde – huge megalithic aliens, born to fight, who can shape shift at will into monsters. We’re only human, and me, just a slave among them.

Getting caught is not part of the plan, but when they raid our village, I do the only thing I can think of to spare the whole. I offer myself up to their leader. Infuriating, and strangely funny, I have a lot to learn – his languages and customs, the roles I’m meant to fulfill in his tribe, and how to keep him at arm’s length when he’s seemingly everywhere, blocking any chances I have to find a mate and keeping me at his side.

She’s funny, this human. A fast learner, already adapting to our language with ease. She’s forgiving. Quick to smile, it’s easy to smile back. Too easy. She’s slipping under my skin, infecting me and my manerak. 

The monster that I can become seems more ready to do her will than my own. Like she’s controlling it. I should let her go. I should let her find a mate. I should let the tribes that come for her, take her… 

My manerak says no. Its defiance is something I’ve never felt before and I will need to find a way to deny them both – but how can I when my manerak wants her close?

Taken to Sasor

Double shifter!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙💚💜❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 🙂😀🤩😍🥰
Narrator(s): 🎙🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Duet Narration

The heroine: Mian – She is a slave when the Sasor barbarian horde comes to her village. She hides with a few dozen other slaves who were painting a fence when the horde arrives and lays waste to the gates of the village. The slaves are afraid since they have heard that the horde eats humans. When one of the slaves accidentally gives up their hiding place, they are at the mercy of the horde. So she leaves the others hidden and sacrifices herself.

The Hero: Neheyuu – He is a Sasorian shifter and the leader of his tribe, the biggest and strongest on Sasor. He is tall and brutal and he has a monster within him called a manerak, a large snake-like creature the size of a dragon. It is considered a great success to come across a human tribe and decimate it. The males are weak and the females are compatible with his species.

The Story: Neheyuu comes across Mian when he is obliterating her village and he calls her Reisa when she stands up to him and slaps him. It means brave one. They can’t understand each other but he offers her a deal in that if she gives herself to him, he will leave the others be. When one of his warriors challenges him for Mian, Neheyuu wins the challenge and keeps her for himself.

Neheyuu is attracted to Mian from the start and his manerak wants her even more. Neheyuu feels for her when it becomes obvious that she has been starving and he realizes he has never felt hunger like that. Mian eats heartily and sleeps comfortably for the first time in her life.

The world building is good, though I would have liked a bit more descriptive explanations of the manerak from the beginning. Then later in the book, Neheyuu becomes something different, called a naxem, which is an even bigger (giant) snake shifter, big enough to decimate an entire village of maneraks. It took me a while to be able to picture each type of shifter, especially since the maneraks still had arms and legs, but when Neheyuu became a naxem, his arms and legs fused with his body like a mammoth cobra snake.

Though I do love the fact that each book in this series is unique and the worlds are completely different from the one before. They are basically stand-alone books and can be read in any order. The world building and character development is good despite my having a hard time picturing the snake creatures. Also I loved the scene where they finally get to Neheyuu’s home and his former lover is in his house. It is a pretty awesome scene.

This was told in dual points of view via duet narration. It was narrated by Marquis du Sad and Blair LeBlanc. Blair has a youthful voice which is soft and feminine. She portrays emotions pretty well and is pleasant to listen to. Marquis has a deep voice and speaks in a good tempo. I enjoyed the narration quite a bit as soon as I got into the book.


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