For the Clan
Archer Kay Leah
Publication date: May 25th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
Canada, 2165 AD. The Water Wars and a decimated economy have taken their toll. Anyone who doesn’t live in a military-patrolled metropolis lives in a clan. But being in a clan doesn’t mean safety.
And for a Ven like Roan Lee, it doesn’t matter where he lives. Safety is a luxury. So is freedom.
Roan is desperate to escape the governtary’s exploitation and torture. He is nothing to them but 54σK1, an artifact born from a genetic mishap. When the chance to escape arises, he makes a run for it—and encounters the lover from his past, twisting his future into a second chance he never expected.
As leaders of Clan Teach, Jace Ama and his wife, Cayra Diega, have enough difficulty keeping their people safe. When Roan is thrown to their feet as a prisoner, their marriage becomes an additional challenge. Jace still loves Roan, but where does that leave Cayra?
READ ON FOR INFO ON THE AUTHOR, MY REVIEW, AND A GIVEAWAY!
Archer Kay Leah was raised in Canada, growing up in a port town at a time when it was starting to become more diverse, both visibly and vocally. Combined with the variety of interests found in Archer’s family and the never-ending need to be creative, this diversity inspired a love for toying with characters and their relationships, exploring new experiences and difficult situations.
Archer most enjoys writing speculative fiction and is engaged in a very particular love affair with fantasy, especially when it is dark and emotionally charged. When not reading and writing for work or play, Archer is a geek with too many hobbies and keeps busy with other creative endeavors, a music addiction, and whatever else comes along. Archer lives in London, Ontario with a same-sex partner and their cat.
I ADORE a really hot mmf. So while it’s dystopian sci-fi, which is definitely out of my wheelhouse, it’s also paranormal, steamy, and the dystopia part is actually explained in a way that doesn’t make me roll my eyes and think “is it only the YA crowd who gets into this, because it’s the same plot all over again, only marketed for adults.” FOR THE CLAN definitely doesn’t suffer from that same-old, same-old flavor.
While I love mmf, it’s also a delicate balance to write. You have to decide what kind of mmf it is. Is it mm + f? Is it mf + m? What are the dynamics between the three members of the trio? Are we talking about three different relationships? Two? A single unit (rare–polyamoury is rarely done well in romance) I’m not going to say that this book achieves a perfect balance — I won’t give it away, but there is a couple who is separated, then one member returns years later to find another established couple. Luckily, it makes from some delicious, conflicted relationships, and those are always yummy, especially if they are done well as they are here.
I adore the paranormal element in this series. It really softened the edges of the sci-fi dystopian feel, which might have turned me off a bit otherwise. Shove some paranormal elements in there, and I’m good to go. Not that they’re shoved here! The elements I loved so much were very organic and felt like they should be exactly the way they are in FOR THE CLAN.
The plot here is extremely compelling and interesting — it will carry you through the book all on its own. But the best part, for me, were the rich, highly-developed characters, and the WOW complicated relationship(s) between the leads.
My only complaint, and it is SO TINY AND PERSONAL IT’S NOT EVEN A COMPLAINT is that one of the leads is named Jace. It’s not that only the character in Shadowhunters (and the book series that shall not be named) carries that name and I’m some mad fangirl. It’s just that it’s so distinctive (for me), that once you’ve heard it in regard to one particular thing, it’s a little jarring to see it somewhere else. I find Jax (ala Sons of Anarchy) to be another example. Of course, people who love those WANT to honor the characters by using their name in their own… but it tends to stand out. I can’t tell you how many times I had to tie my hands together so I wouldn’t name a character Angelus. No, seriously. Other names that can never really be used tend to be very distinctive, like Buffy, Katniss, etc. So every time I saw “Jace,” it kind of threw me out a little bit.
Up until about halfway through, anyway. Once I knew the character better, I stopped seeing the letters of his name, and started seeing him.
Anyhoo, I really had a blast reading this book. I’m pleased to give it a dark and steamy:
4 Batty Moons!