Audiobook Review: Sithe (Blades of Arris, #1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sithe by Starla Night

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It’s a routine mission. Hunt down the ones who dared – dared – steal our sacred procreation metal from us, the rulers of the empire.

The Arrisans conquered Earth in a day. They smashed into our helpless planet like a wrecking ball, and overnight, everything changed.

That’s what our history books say.

The truth is, I’ve never seen an Arrisan face-to-face. But when my lone medical ship is attacked by ruthless pirates, the nightmare that hunts them down is no hero. Cloaked in assassin’s gray, metal scythes fused to his wrist-bones, he is the grim reaper of the conquerors. The Arrisan elite special forces. A blade.

Luckily for me, he’s in a good mood now that he’s the last man standing in the blood-soaked ruins of my bridge, so he lets me live. After all, I’m just a lesser. Clearly I’m no threat.

Until his body starts reacting to mine…


Strange world!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙💚💜
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 😠🙃😍
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Dual Narration

The heroine: Caterine – she is sent away from her home because she feels she caused her parents so much pain and anxiety. She has a disease that causes her to want sex all the time, she goes out and meets new men, sleeps with them and leaves them. She has a craving to be whole and thinks that a piece of her missing. She feels the disease has destroyed her life, she used to have dreams, though they are gone now, her existence is slipping away. The same disease drives her away from all her male relatives. Her father lives in another country and can’t be near her. When she is gone, her parents can be together again. She is leaving on a space cruiser with other women like her.

The Hero: Sithe – The Arrisans conquered Earth very quickly years ago and are a fierce alien race. Though most young people on Earth have never seen an Arrisan. Sithe is an Arrisan “Blade”, an assassin in the Elite special forces. He sees an old cruiser from one of the lesser planets that his people have conquered being overrun by pirates. He is able to kill the Arubisan’s (parasitic pirates) that he has been chasing for a while.

The Story: The space cruiser Caterine is on, is filled with women with the same disease, though some are affected a bit differently than others. They have all agreed to face any danger for the hope of a cure. While out in space, the cruiser is attacked by pirates, and the women are told to get into the escape pods. Caterine, gets in a pod which is broken and she is stuck when the cruiser is overrun by the pirates, then everyone is killed by Sithe when he comes upon a group mating between the Arubisan males and Caterine. I wasn’t fond of this scene at all.

This book was different than any alien romance I have read or listened to before. Though Sithe is a strong assassin, the way his society is designed makes him have little power of his own. He is just like a cog in a big machine, so when he decides to save Caterine and wants to keep her with him, they have to find a way to do it because the Arrisan empire directs everything he does. He basically only follows orders like a robot. It was just a strange world, when most alien romances have the idea of mates, this world doesn’t have anything like that. Though it was interesting.

This book was told in dual points of view via dual narration and was narrated by Lance Greenfield, Cindy Kay and with a special appearance by Connor Crais. Lance has a good voice and displays a lot of emotion with his voice. Cindy has a sort of deep, yet feminine voice which I enjoyed, and Connor Crais is a fantastic narrator as well.


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