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Song of the Navigator I will be honest with you – I approached this book with a LOT of trepidations See sci fi is a genre that resides in the lowest of the low in my reading genre totem pole I just can’t connect with the idea I can watch sci fi but not exactly enjoy reading it All those weird names with nothing but consonants living in other planets ALIEN yeah my brain just shuts downBut Astrid Amara is one of my favorite authors I first read her work almost five years ago when I started reading MM genre almost exclusively Let’s just say that I had that in my plus corner going in but still it was reading something out of my comfort zone I was dragging my feet not wanting to do it but needed to In fact I told my friend that I would keep the lightfluffy contemporary romance to read books as my “reward” after finishing this one as I predicted that it would be a difficult readWhen I opened the first chapter the whole explanation about navigator’s job technology with strange terms like TEUS and orbifolds weird places like Dadelus Kaku Station Kepler 7 b Thereon Galaxy or Aremdar Nebula were able to give me cold sweats But then something happened on the way to heaven because slowly the narrative reeled me in It only took the ending of the first chapter to make me irrevocably hookedSong of the Navigator is a wonderful piece of storytelling with heartbreaking but rewarding journey of a character that undergone life changing experience of being betrayed by someone he loves the most In the beginning Tover Duke is basically a rock star worshipped by people in DK Station He is one of the elite group of forty two people in the whole universe who are capable of manipulating space in improvisational movement to move goods and people into unexplored regions of the galaxy and beyondTover is cherished he lives in a penthouse with private elevators and has his own greenhouse for one of his passions – the birds Until that day of his thirtieth birthday when his occasional lover Cruz Arcadio kidnaps him and later trades Tover to slave pirates which brings Tover to forced labor He is physically tortured if he refuses to do what the pirates tell him In an instant Tover’s life turns into hellWritten solely from Tover’s perspective I must say that I loved Tover from that moment on There is an inner strength and tenacity that Tover shows during his ordeal and later on when he recuperates Tover learns that the life he enjoys before is not as perfect as it seems He learns to stop being ignorant Because when Tover is healing living alongside the so called terrorists which involved Cruz and his family he understands that there are always two sides of every storyI loved Tover’s character growth happened gradually He doesn’t immediately accept Cruz’s reason out of love It doesn’t magically happened in one night “You can’t convince me that my life has been something it isn’t I was the best at something and I did my job with pride until you came along” His voice broke “I won’t let you make me believe it was worthless” However Cruz challenges Tover to change his way of thinking his way of seeing the world At the same time Cruz also makes Tover see that he is worth than just what he can do “Yes you are valuable You are worth billions They have made you into a commodity that everyone wants a piece of”“You’re no different” Tover said“You’re right I want you too But not for what you can do I want you because of who you are” For me this book is simply amazing Yes it has some difficult scenes related to the brutal treatment from the pirates in the beginning but it also feels hopeful moving romantic and fulfilling I loved the characters this novel has two notable female characters too which I highly appreciated I loved the setting each location feels different yet vibrant and acts like supporting characters themselves I loved the writing beautifully engaging as I know Astrid Amara’s would be and most of all I loved the story When I finished I was enfolded in that pleasant feeling of satisfaction that I refused to immediately start reading another story because I wanted to bask in the feeling for a whileOne thing for sure Song of the Navigator is my best read of the month and one of my favorites of the year It also has done something uite the impossible it makes me start thinking of perusing MM sci fi novels to read That is an achievement no other books have done before For that it deserves my perfect 5 stars Readers’ Advisory For those of you who are worried with the warning tag of extreme violence and assault and graphic sexual depictions rest assured that this story does NOT contain any rape or non consent sex scenes what so ever The violent and assaults are all physical beatings but even those don’t last as long as one might expect The graphic sexual depictions are between Tover and Cruz and they are definitely consensual The ARC is provided by the publisher for an exchange of fair and honest review No high rating is reuired for any ARC received Worst Possible Birthday Being sold into slavery by none other than your loverTover Duke’s rare ability to move anything instantly across light years of space makes him a powerful valuable asset to the Harmony Corporation and a rock star among the people of the colonies His life is luxurious Safe RoutineHe has his pick of casual hookups passing through Dadelus Kaku Station His one brush with danger of any kind—the only bright spot in his otherwise boring life—is Cruz Arcadio a dark haired hard bodied engineer whose physical prowess hints he’s something much When a terrorist abducts Tover hurling him into a world of torture exploitation and betrayal it’s with shattering disbelief that he realizes his kidnapper is none other than Cruz As Tover struggles to find the courage to escape his bondage he begins to understand the only way to free his body his mind—and his heart—is to trust the one man who showed him that everything about his once perfect life was a lieWarning This story contains descriptions of extreme violence and assault It also contains graphic sexual depictions It also has a lot of birds And pirate movies from the future And romance This book isn’t for the faint of heart There’s extreme violence torture and betrayal It’s harsh and hard to read in parts BUT it’s also romantic poignant and absolutely amazingSeldom outside of an epic fantasy series have I encountered such excellent world building From the DK station to the green and vibrant Carida the settings are so vibrantly alive and peopled with characters so real that I felt like I could step right into the book and shake their hands or punch them out as the case may be Beautifully written view spoilerI loved Tover from the start spoiled and aware of how special he was of his tremendous worth yet not full of himself Coming from a pampered lifestyle where he’s almost worshipped I didn’t expect such strength from him Tover’s never weak or whiny despite all that happens to him The betrayal itself almost seems to wound him worse than the physical torment he’s subjected toI found myself hating Cruz right along with Tover hating him with a fiery passion What could redeem a man who could betray the one who’d trusted him enough to risk all to save his life? What indeed Tover begins to understand that the safe world he thought he was living in may all be built on lies Only then do we begin to get a picture of the real Cruz By the end of this story I adored both of these characters and would gladly embrace a second book with them hide spoiler I really wanted to like this book but the dynamic between the two main characters was stale and read like old style het romance I also can't buy Tover forgiving and falling in love with the man who sold him into slavery Especially considering how badly Tover was treated Oh it's so good to have Astrid Amara back again I read this in one sitting on a typically wet and cold Cape winter's day perfect for reading only stopping briefly to brew another cuppa and hug my Kindle Yes this one of those rare gemsa book I couldn't stop reading but didn't want to endA wonderfully realtotally immersive and gripping read I loved the world building and strong characterisation of all the characters loved Cruz's mother and sisterbut Tover was something special Seeing him start to rebuild himself after his charmed life was so brutally stripped away realising what he'd been missingthe sense of home and family he'd never experienced before had me tearing up and then cheering him on until the very last page Apparently this was meant to have been part of an anthology with Ginn Hale and Nicole Kimberling I for one am thrilled it went on to star on its own in a full length novel but if either one of those two awesome authors want to continue the project at some stage bats eyelashes 5 otherworldly exotic stars Loved it ¡¡ue libro tan increible Me encanto That book is truly amazing It's so NOT simply sci fi Categorising Song of the Navigator like that wouldn't do it any justiceFirst of all it took me by surprise from the very beginning Let's face it Star Trek style teleportation or even moving thingspeople through space by the power of one's mind is nothing new I've seen it on screen I've read about it that's standard But using one's special vocal cords amplified by some special euipment? And actually singing the cargos to some distant places? Jumping them by sensing the universe's vibrations and answering to them? Well that's not standard at all Let me just tell you the song of the navigator is really what it sounds it is And Tover is one of only 42 people across the universe who can bear the title of the Improvisational Navigator and he wears it proudly So much so that he is considered by everybody even his own selfish self a demigod rich handsome powerful untouchable and spoiltTover lives in his tower palace the penthouse in the most prestigious luxurious hotel on the whole state of the art DK StationUnfortunately Tover doesn't even realise that outside his warm and cosy station and the best job for the Harmony Corporation there is a totally different world a whole universe of crime and poverty of exotic worlds on the verge of extinction and of people fighting to keep their planets and families safe and free Cruz is Tover's once in a couple of months' tryst his hidden guilty pleasure you see you CAN'T be gay on the perfect DK Station and in the perfect Harmony Corp Cruz is handsome muscled and intelligent He's funny and uick witted and what's important dominating exactly what Tover needs and craves But Cruz is also dangerous a trait of which Tover learns rather painfullyThe world building in the book is excellent The different placesworlds described beautifully and detailed Astrid Amara did a wonderful job here The MCs are vivid and you can easily lovehate them and feel for them all the way through their adventures And the plot got me hooked from the first page ¿Y los fragmentitos en español? Pues ¡fueron una sorpresa deliciosa para mi Ingles español es mi combinacion favorita ya ue me pasa intercambiar las dos lenguas tambien Debo decir ue continuamente ; Entonces ¡GRACIAS Astrid AmaraFor me Song of the Navigator is a book of wonderful contrasts The contrasts between the places First the cutting edge high tech DK StationThen the shabbiness and decay of Jarrow and The Baroue And finally the beautiful exotic planet of Carida With it's green sky lush overwhelming jungle of flowers and wildlifeBut it is also a story of contrasts between totally different people artificial and phoney corpexecs violent and brutal smugglers dedicated and dangerous guerillas and finally the ones who care and who help and who become your family Be aware the first part of the book contains view spoiler extremely brutal and graphic torture scenes concerning one of the MCs hide spoiler Absolutely fabulousI loved pretty much everything about thisa the world building Brilliant That’s all I can say I was intrigued fascinated and awed Astrid Amara paints a very imaginative and vivid picture of a futuristic world that can be as beautiful as horrifying The idea how navigating works is uniue and rather ingenious b the two MCsI adored Tover I understood him and sympathized fully with his fears his anger and his conflicted emotions Despite everything that happens to him he is good man through and through I loved how his views about his own situation and the world he lives in change gradually How he starts seeing the truth And how he becomes an even better man for itAs for Cruz– he’s definitely the tall strong and brooding type However the author makes very clear even though we get Tover’s POV only there is to him than he shows It’s almost inevitable that you’ll hate him to start with just as much as Tover does But then you can’t help loving him and the tender way he treats Tover c the plotBeing sold into slavery by your lover is uite the storyline and there’s no doubt it’s done really well hereTover is torn between hate and love while Cruz seems unapproachable and cold before we find out what he truly feels just crushed and sad Watching how Tover slowly finds his way to forgiveness and back to Cruz is one of the best aspects of the bookAnd the whole world saving plot line works beautifully tooA word of warning though The torture Torven is put through is uite horrific and a tough read and we are right there with him and his painIf you are even vaguely interested in sci fi you can’t miss this oneAnd if you’re not read it for the fabulous love story 25 starsI love when authors take their main characters and strip them of everything first not just their freedom but ruin every important thing they believe in before they finish their journeyIt's kind of an ultimate character development story one that leads to transformation So that's essentially what Song of the Navigator is about Sure there are scifi elements and there are elements of romance but imhothey are in service of story of Tover DukeSo Tover Duke we meet at the beginning is a man with uniue talent he is improvisational navigator That means that his voice creates controlled vibrations to recalibrate sub atomic strings to make enclosed orbitfolds which traveled through subdimensions of space and appeared somewhere else this means he can teleport himselfpeople and objects even big ones like ships to any place in space as long as he has coordinates and he does it using only his voice This is very rare ability there is only 42 people who can do what Tover does in human population of 36 billion That makes him practically treasured on his space station He has adoring fans he is worshiped as deity; everything he wishes for he gets As a conseuence of such life Tover thinks very highly of himself He is vain he values his good looks and he doesn't want to give speeches because his navigator skill makes his voice rough growly and hoarse apparently this is considered unattractive so roll with it He has a lot of men available for sex but he grew attached to one particular engineer who is smoking hot and fun in bedOn his birthday at parade held in his honor he is abducted by the very man who's dear to his heart and who turns out to be terrorist and who sells him to piratesSo this is where I get back to total deconstruction of Tover he is betrayed by one man who means something to him treated as slave beaten into obedience and abused both physically and psychologically; he lost his good looks and even his ability suffered But this is not where it stops because Amara takes it even further Tover ends up on Carida green planet planned to be terraformed by Harmony company he works for and people he meets and new experiences makes him uestion his life his beliefs and if his coveted status isn't actually just a golden cageTotal deconstruction of Tover's character and building him from pieces into someone new is the one aspect of this novel that made the strongest impression on meBut here is a downerOther elements of this story are really weak I ended up being disappointed by plot because the I read the rushed it felt and I find the culmination to be particularly unconvincing To be blunt if you are in it for the romance then you will be happy with our charters ending up together at the end But if you are following backstory like I did you will probably come to conclusion nothing is really resolved I don't know if this is building for a seuel but this ending doesn't work the I think about it view spoilerfirst of all Cruz is captured not once but twice and identified and Pulmon Verde It's a known activist organization whose goals are clear and yet Company was completely surprised by breaking report about their plans and it stopped them? I would expect they have at least damage control plan if not prevention and yet their military sources are used for pushing around one man Seriously we were shown Company is bad then we actually got to see them being bad and powerful Another thing if water is rare and Carida has a lot of it terraforming is a matter of time I just didn't buy that Tover and Cruz got out as winners in this one by breaking one story to public I don't even want to go into perfectly handled situation with los jeves at the end because Cruz went from someone who is on the outs to being asked to be one of their main man in rather convenient getting rid of those activist who were their enemies They are all peachy now hide spoiler This one will always be one of my very favorites All the feelz heartbreaking beautiful So intense as the first time White cotton sheets A pillow HomeToo good to put it down only one minuteToo powerful too emotional too beautiful to make comparisonsAstrid Amara this book was so perfect I loved it so muchEnjoy I'm always on the hunt for a good sci fi and pounced on this one when I came across it A really different concept and a very engaging story Well done

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