Talinn by Veronica Scott @vscotttheauthor @sophiarose1816

Posted December 13, 2023 by Sophia in Book Review / 16 Comments

Talinn by Veronica Scott @vscotttheauthor @sophiarose1816 Talinn by Veronica Scott
Series: Badari Gladiators #3
on October 24, 2022
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 187
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Talinn was a genetically engineered senior soldier in his Badari Warrior pack until unscrupulous laboratory guards faked his death and sold him into slavery in the galaxy’s hinterlands. Purchased by a nomadic warlord and forced to fight in games for the amusement of the crowds, Talinn has endured through sheer strength of will. He sees no possibility of escape but a Badari never gives up until the goddess calls him to the afterlife.

Bailey Kingsmere was a talented and ambitious entertainer on an interstellar cruise liner when her ship was destroyed in an accident. She escaped in a defective cryonic lifepod, which eventually drifted out of the Sectors entirely and crashed on a primitive planet. Superstitious locals decide to place her in the arena as a prize for a lucky gladiator.

Talinn needs only one look to know Bailey is his fated mate. He’ll do whatever it takes to rescue her from the other fighters and claim her as his prize but how can he ensure her safety thereafter? Since he’s not human and has alien reptilian predator DNA which gives him extra capabilities, will Bailey accept him as a mate? And can they ever escape their desperate situation and find a way to freedom?

An exotic desert world, powerful alien nomadic tribes, forced to fight, and now his goddess gives him a miraculous gift of fated mate and a whiff of freedom’s scent if he can hold on long enough.  The Badari Gladiators Collection ends on an exciting high note with another long lost Badari discovered out in space’s Hinderlands and I was abso-excited to read Veronica Scott’s last blend of sci-fi romance and gladiator element.

Talinn is the third book released in this sub-series to Badari Warriors: The Sectors New Allies.  It can easily be read standalone, but fits even better when read in trilogy order and the trilogy started after at least the first book of the Badari Warriors series to get the background of it all.

I have mentioned before how much I appreciate that Veronica Scott mixes things up a bit so each installment is a fresh story.  In this case, Talinn’s arrival into this area of the galaxy is like the others- his alien scientist tormentors fake his death from their bosses and sell him as a slave into the frontier area of the galaxy.  But, unlike the earlier two who experienced the same, Talinn wasn’t sold into the gladiator sporting world of the Hinderlands, but he landed on a desert plant of nomadic tribes.  These aliens are bigger and badder than even a Badari, but they keep fight squads of aliens for entertainment fights.

Oh, and another thing different- Talinn’s genetic cocktail doesn’t include cat DNA like Kyden and Rennyr, but reptile.  The Badari Warriors series mentions the different sects of Badari, but this was my first chance reading of one of the lizard Badari as the lead.

Talinn’s special romance interest was also something different from the first two human women mates.  Bailey is an up and coming entertainer getting ready to be scouted while working on a space cruise ship.  But, her life takes an interesting twist and she ends up a prize to a scary bunch of arena fighters far from anywhere that is familiar.

I really enjoyed this side jaunt to an earlier time and distant place in the Badari world and it made me more excited to return to the Badari Warriors and pick up where I left off with that series.  Sci fi romance lovers who want alien steaminess and exciting fight scenes should definitely give Talinn and the rest of the trilogy a try.


About Veronica Scott

USA Today Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author.

Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.

Seven time winner ~ SFR Galaxy Award

Proud recipient ~ NASA Exceptional Service Medal but must hasten to add the honor was not for her romantic fiction!

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt – I’ll improve your process (mwahahahaa)!

Elvis Presley’s best friend once serenaded Veronica on a local TV telethon…now that could be a novel…

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Posted December 13, 2023 by Sophia in Book Review / 16 Comments

16 responses to “Talinn by Veronica Scott

  1. I hope I can get around to reading this series soon! I like the sound of how the author mixed it up with every book so they have a different set up. Interesting this one has a lizard Badari, I was wondering if we would get stories about the cat and lizard like ones, so that’s fun to hear this series has both. Great review!

  2. Not me adding this to my list this week! *covers face* I mean it has all the tropes and themes that are my catnip. And yes for more sci fi gladiators lol

    Lovely review Sophia!