Monday, February 2, 2015

A female world! Khe by Alexes Razevich #amreading #Mondayblogs

Khe is probably more in the fantasy realm than the science fiction realm, although it is listed as both. It is also listed as dystopian, which in my opinion it really isn't. It's not specifically a Young Adult novel, but there is nothing objectionable in it.

Khe is the title character, a doumana (female), part of a humanoid race in another world. This race isn't like the humans of Earth. They lay eggs, have red skin, no hair at all on their bodies, their emotions show on their necks, and they have a back toe. 

In their world the doumanas and males live separately and come together only for Resonance (mating) once a year. Most females either live in the city or in farming communities, but there are also travelling villages that move around selling and trading goods.  This book is set entirely in the female part of this world.

This is a fantasy world unlike anything I've ever seen or imagined. The author has made up words for many of the things that are part of this world, and it takes a little getting used to but it isn't hard. Initially I was a little annoyed with being told the colors showing on everyone's necks, but got past that fairly quickly.

The world is intriguing and Khe and the other females in this book are strong characters. She discovers that she can accelerate crop growth on her farm (not a spoiler, it's in the blurb), but doing so is sapping her life energy leading to a much shorter life span than she would normally have and the overseer of her farm doesn't care as long as the production is good. It's killing her - so she runs. 

Is this the best fantasy/sci-fi I've ever read? Probably not, but I'd give it four stars. It is enjoyable and quite a unique story. I really liked stepping into this world for a brief time.

If you want to check out Khe for yourself just click here to find it on Amazon. 
What is your favorite fantasy world? Would you want to live there? Please tell me in the comments or email me at with your thoughts. 

Book blurb:
A distant world. A trust betrayed. A transformation that changes everything.

When Khe realizes her ability to accelerate crop growth is a death sentence, she makes the wrenching decision to escape her farming commune—the only home she’s known. Fleeing across the wilderness, she makes her way to the city of Chimbalay—in search of the orindles who can save her life. But Chimbalay has its own dangers. The Powers are there—the secret rulers who have chosen Khe to be the mother of a monstrous new race.

Alexes Razevich
About the author:
Alexes Razevich was born in New York and grew up in Orange County, California. She attended California State University San Francisco where she earned a degree in Creative Writing. After a successful career on the fringe of the electronics industry, including stints as Director of Marketing for a major trade show management company and as an editor for Electronic Engineering Times, she returned to her first love--fiction. She lives in Southern California with her husband. When she isn't writing, she enjoys playing hockey and travel.

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