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The Courtesan Prince: Part One of the Okal Rel Saga Paperback – May 9 2005
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
"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".Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
As a fan of the Okal Rel Universe, I am glad that this book, "volume one" in the 10-volume series, is now published. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2006 by Katherine Plett
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... Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2006 by Christina McLennan