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This is a dystopian paranormal romance for adults.
It begins on the 300th day of 2195 on Volen ...
Princess Kaitlau is a nymph who can take any form. She is also a refugee, and she came to Volen through the charmed window after escaping her prison on Trellora.
King Ganim, the vampire who is thought to have created Kaitlau, must be punished. She had thought the king loved her as a father, but now she knows better. Although he was never present in the chamber, the king had ordered the priests to repeatedly rape her. Merely punishing her father is not enough. She wants him dead. It will be done.
Lately, Kaitlau has been observing a particular rebel killing the priests on Volen. He is just the one to help her. But feelings for this rebel (Pietah) start to emerge when he agrees to carry out her assassination plans, and gradually as they work together, love begins to matter to them more than revenge.
Trelloran Seduction: 458 pages
This is an actual church that sits in the middle of Sydney. You wouldn't know it from the picture, but it still houses church services and is open at select times for those who wish to pray, worship, or visit and admire the gothic interior.
I visited this church many years ago while writing the novella Butterfly Girl, which eventually turned into Trelloran Seduction. When I saw the church building and the grounds around it, I sensed that a church just like this one would play a key role in the story.
Trelloran Seduction is a unique and enthralling dystopian offering from debut author Georgia Carter Mathers. I was rather impressed with this story, it's not your usual vampire tale, not by a long shot. Georgia has created a world where darkness reigns and while it's total fantasy, parallels can be clearly drawn between our society and the one that exists in Trelloran Seduction. This is a gritty read, at times confronting, but never drawn out. There are scenes which will reach deep into you and give your heart a good squeeze. The ending is hard fought for and lacks that element of perfect happiness, which is in my opinion, a very good choice that Georgia has made. Despite the cover, which may appeal to teen readers, I think it's important to disclose that this is not a YA novel. Themes and situations are for mature readers. I look forward to the continuation of this series and hope we don't have to wait too long for another installment.
-Theresa Smith, author of Somebody I Used to Know, In the Arms of Sleep, Yellow Light and Selling the Drama.
I experienced sexual assault when I was a child, and perhaps this story is a public acknowledgment of that in some way, although the book discusses many other types of sexual abuse as well, and it predominantly follows the journey toward healing.
According to Centres Against Sexual Assault, a university study found 20.6% of women and 10.5% of men reported non-penetrative childhood sexual abuse by the age of 16 and that 7.9% of women and 7.5% of men reported penetrative childhood sexual abuse by the age 16 years. (Mamun, Lawlor, O' Calloghan, Bor, Williams. & Najman, 2007 Queensland University study, http://www.casa.org.au/casa_pdf.php?document=statistics)
Recovery and healing after child sexual assault is hard but it is also attainable: http://www.theadvocacycenter.org/adv_abuseheal.html
Investigate people who inhabit the vampiric psyche: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/it27s-all-academic3a-real-vampires/6402072