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The Courtesan Prince: Part One of the Okal Rel Saga Paperback – May 9 2005

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing (June 15 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894063287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894063289
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #398,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Courtesan Prince is a space adventure charged with sexual energy and ambiguity. Though not heavily laden with technology, it is clear that Williams possesses a strong technical mind. As a writer and computer programmer, I enjoyed the references to "blits" and other subtle touches that leant to greater believability. I look forward to reading more of the Okal Rel series."

- Brian Rathbone, podcaster, Blogtalk Radio.

"The strength of this book is its complex and detailed setting with these two distinct cultures."
-Liz Dennett, Canadian Book Review Annual

"I just wanted to send you a quick note about one of your books, The Courtesan Prince.... I have to say I was presently suprised when the book entirely sucked my attention in. I haven't read about a universe so interesting as when I read Dune, or the Fire and Ice series by George R. R. Martin for quite a while, and your book definitely builds an interesting scene and story."
-Honey-Marie Giroday, Reader

"Readers who enjoy hard and gritty science fiction won't find much of it here; this is a novel about people and cultures, honor and duty, and love and hatred. Featuring gunfights and swordfighting, rodeo-quality spaceship manuevers and murderous nobles, The Courtesan Prince is an enjoyable stand-alone read and a promising start to what is to be a 10-volume saga."
-Dru Pagliassotti, The Harrow

About the Author

Lynda Williams, teaches computer literacy at the University of Northern BC and holds an M.L.S. from the University of Toronto and a M.Sc. from McMaster. She was born in Prince George, British Columbia and graduated from the University of Victoria with an emphasis in Chemistry and Creative Writing. She currently lives in British Columbia, Canada.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Holly Gulbransen on Jan. 9 2006
Format: Paperback
George Lucas move over! Here is a new constellation of soul-stirring characters, with an adult EDGE - conflicted sexual attractions, occasionally consummated, with thrilling and sometimes jarring results. From EDGE Science Fiction/Fantasy Publications in Calgary, "Courtesan Prince" by Lynda J. Williams takes off where "The Wedding Date" begins!
"Courtesan Prince" introduces the intriguing Okal Rel universe, which unfolds in a series of novels set thousands of years in the future. The descendants of old Earth are able to "reality-skim" through vast distances of space, although the brave pilots who do so suffer the debilitating effects of "space gap". Human beings live only on Gelion and Rire, two radically-different worlds separated by millions of light years, which no longer maintain contact.
"Courtesan Prince" explores the idea that a compassionate poet, cast by fate in the role of providing sexual satisfaction to wealthy women for money, is a man you would be proud to introduce as your mate. Amel, Prince of Gelion, grows to manhood unaware that he is a pure-blood Gelack, in a world obsessed by genetically-determined status.
Gelion's thriving society is based on "Okal Rel", a religion and philosophy of life which promotes survival of the fittest. Social stability is maintained by disputes between Sevolites - the ruling class - being settled by the sword, sometimes in duels to the death. Sevolites are genetically-modified self-evolved human beings. They are an elegant, pale-skinned people. Both sexes remain youthful and fertile well into their 80s.
Reetions, the people of Rire, are a remarkably rational, peace-loving and compassionate people. They live in a transparent society, regulated by benevolent if somewhat intrusive "monitors".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Plett on Jan. 20 2006
Format: Paperback
As a fan of the Okal Rel Universe, I am glad that this book, "volume one" in the 10-volume series, is now published. It is a fast-paced read, with articulate and interesting characters living in a truly complex world. If you are new to the series, start with this one and then read the previously-released "Throne Price" (volume 4, 2003) which raises the bar a notch in terms of intrigue and inter-cultural tensions. A finely-crafted series, looking forward to future installments!
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Imagine a far future where two separate colonies from Earth, one genetically-modified, jump through deep space to begin visiting each other's worlds after evolving in isolation for thousands of years. The genetically-enhanced Sevolite culture of Gelion is class-conscious, flamboyant, and prone to bloody infighting, while the Reetion culture of Rire is casual and unpretentious. We experience the strangeness each culture feels toward the other through the characters' eyes and thoughts, and understand the reasons behind their mistrust and misconceptions.

This is the background for the life-and-death struggle to capture Amel, a young man from Gelion raised as a courtesan in a society that has no shame regarding sex as long as it is heterosexual, who is discovered to be the lost Prince of the Sevolites. It is also the story of the romance between him and Ann of Rire, a Reetion space pilot, and the story of Di Mon, a Sevolite nobleman who finds his physical, intellectual and spiritual soul mate in another man, a Reetion anthropologist named Ranar who is studying the people of Gelion. Lynda Williams uses this fantastical setting to explore societal taboos and the strength of human character in adverse situations. One also senses that Lynda Williams had fun writing this novel, as she depicts the characters' bold actions and reactions, their thrusting and parrying as they act on their motivations. At the end you don't want to say good bye to Amel and Ann, Di Mon and Ranar ' you want to follow them through the rest of their lives. And the good news is you can! This is only volume one of a 10-volume series.
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