Lisen of Solsta Book 3

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
420 Pages
Reviewed on 08/08/2015
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Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite

I was lucky enough to get to read and review the third book in the Lisen of Solsta series, Blooded, by author D. Hart St. Martin. Lucky, because I had already read and enjoyed the first two in the series, Fractured and Tainted, and also because this third installment, in my opinion, is truly the best of a great trilogy. The last book continues with the story of Lisen, our heroine, who is emotionally shut down after she’s committed an act that’s so cold, so unlike her, that she almost doesn’t recognize who she is anymore. She’s also lost her confidante, Korin, and, while able to complete her tasks as the Empir of Garla, it’s as though she is a shell of her former self. When a child arrives, a kidnapping takes place and a new and dangerous drug arrives on the scene; it appears that all might be lost for Lisen. But if Korin tells her what he’s been keeping from her, if she’s able to move forward from the mistakes she’s made, will she then be able to be something other than alone?

Blooded was simply a fantastic read and a great end to the Lisen of Solsta series. I have enjoyed this trilogy immensely. With its underlying themes of gender, equality and sexuality, the Solsta series is not only entertaining, but also makes you think. D. Hart St. Martin’s final Lisen novel is certainly her best, and will appeal to any lover of fantasy, science fiction, romance, or just a generally great book. I am sad to see this series come to an end, and look very much forward to seeing what this author has up her sleeve for her next work!

Judith Favor


D. Hart St. Martin writes in the enduring style of Frank Herbert and Sally Miller Gearhart, creating mythological cultures of Garla and Thrista in such compelling detail that even non-sci-fi-fantasy fans will be captured by her Lisen of Solsta trilogy. The author’s sensibility includes fresh portrayals of women who rule and males who bear children. The gender-neutral milieu of Fractured, Tainted and Blooded stretches the imagination of feminists like me. Well-developed characters including Lisen, Korin, Nalin and Ondra quarrel, love, deceive and mature along interesting plotlines.

In my twenties, Frank Herbert’s 1965 epic Dune fired my imagination, and Sally Gearhart’s The Wanderground: Stories of the Hill Women (1979) opened my heart to the power of lesbian-mystic culture when I was in my thirties. It’s been forty years since I read fantasy fiction but I have become a fan of St. Martin. So has my teen granddaughter, who wonders when the movie will be released.

This week as Disney executives announce plans to expand into Star-Wars-themed lands in Anaheim and Orlando, I envision motion-stimulated rides set in Garla and Thrista where guests can take the controls and try their luck in some of the challenging scenes created by this skilled writer.