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Reviewed by Maureen Dangarembizi for Readers' Favorite
Overlord by Cyndi Friberg is a paranormal romance set in deep space. Overlord Kage Razel and his people arrived on the Sarronti planet, believing it was uninhabited. The residents of the planet live underground and have mastered strong shields to protect themselves from the outside world. For Lady Eza Alonov, the intruders are the least of her worries. Their world has been under a cruel caste system for a long time, a system Eza is determined to break. When her brother launches an attack on the Overlords' ship, Eza surrenders herself to see if she can make an alliance with the Outcasts. What she finds is not the barbarian she’d been led to expect but a refined and kind leader. Unused to being treated as an equal, Eza gravitates towards Kage. What is this strange attraction and what will it mean to her rebellion?
I love elves and aliens and Cyndi Friberg’s Overlord delivers on both. I love multi-layered stories with more at stake than the romance between the hero and the heroine. I was really behind Eza and her mission to save her people from tyranny. She really had depth as the main character. I also loved Kage who was really alpha and had a thing about protecting others that turned out to be a weakness. The book had some seriously steamy scenes which will raise your temperature. The intimate moments don’t feel just physical but show an emotional communion between Eza and Kage. There is great world-building too. The reader will feel like they’ve been to Sarronti and the other worlds mentioned inside. I suspect there will be many more stories to be told in this world. I can’t wait to pick up another book by this author.