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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing (May 9 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894063287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894063289
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,466,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christina McLennan on Jan. 7 2006
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This is a fascinating new world of rich, complex characters, relationships and cultural conflicts! I love how Lynda has chosen to grapple with difficult social issues by presenting them through a "safe" distant world.....
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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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By A Customer on Oct. 20 2005
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Lynda William's Courtesan Prince is a good example of her ability to write within a world of shifting complexity. It's also an example of her excellent ability to create that complex world in the first place. If you ever thought the world should settle its disagreements by fighting with swords, then this is the world for you. Reminiscent, in its own way, of Dune. Well written. Engaging.
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