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In the Palace of Lazar: Harem, Book One

By: Alta Hensley
Published By: Blushing Press
Copyright: �2014 by Blushing Books� and Alta Hensley
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Small communes are scattered throughout the desert planet. Pods of civilization struggle to survive on the precious, fertile land. Desert inhabitants live in these communes, surviving off whatever resources the small community possesses, but no commune can measure to the Palace of Lazar. Stories of sex, lust, forbidden acts, and a society wrapped around taboo are told among other communes. The four brothers that rule Lazar are known for their insatiable tastes and their women that cater to it all. The Palace of Lazar is not just a commune. It is a harem.

For Briar Hope, the palace offered more. The wonder of the harem and the four brothers haunted her dreams. Briar wanted to see it, live it, feel it, and submit to it. The world of submission called to her very soul. She wanted to end her life as a desert nomad, to exchange it for the promise of the harem's song.

In a world where only the strong survive, can Briar allow the submission required to be part of the harem? Is it possible to find strength in surrender?

Chapter One

The world dried up leaving nothing but barren, infinite, monotonous desert. Desolate land with little vegetation except the endless sagebrush and greasewood that spattered the horizon. No shade, nothing to offer refuge from the burning rays of the sun. Briar Hope stopped to listen to the deep, dead stillness of the sandy hills and valleys. No running water, no chirping of birds, no buzzing hum of life�not a single sound but her own ragged breathing. The desert had engulfed the globe.

The limitless sand ahead of her seemed to stretch to infinity. The enormity of her journey became more and more obvious with every step she took. As Briar plodded westward, doubt of survival congested her mind. Would she die before she reached her destination? Would the vast desert be her lonely grave?

She began the journey with as many provisions as she could carry, but she had no way of knowing if they would last. Collecting enough supplies in a commune, with very little to begin with, proved almost as difficult as trekking across the cruel wilderness to her destination. She was full of strength and fortitude, but was that enough to battle the ruthless land?

Nothing stood before her but the wasteland of the burning sands. She traveled days, weeks, she really wasn't sure anymore. Endless steps, agonizing climbs of ridged dunes that tormented every muscle in her body. 'One step� two,' was her mantra. Briar's core melted into the ground with every step. With her brown hair and sun-baked skin, she blended with the earth. Brown, brown, brown�everywhere she looked�brown.

She marched forward hoping that any minute she would reach the Palace of Lazar. She'd soon see shimmering blue water, swaying palm trees in a delightful wafting breeze�the commune of dreams, and her ultimate destination.

The desert was made up of small communes scattered throughout the world. Pods of civilization on small acres of precious, fertile land. Massive lakes depleted to ponds, or raging rivers now turned to a creek, were the water sources the world survived on. Desert inhabitants lived in these communes, surviving off whatever resources the small community possessed�each commune being a tiny oasis overcrowded with people.

But no commune could measure to the Palace of Lazar. Some believed the palace was no more than a figment of the imagination. Nothing more than a fairytale told to children. But Briar believed that this palace would soon be her home. This part of the desert was uncharted. All the explorers who had embarked this way before, none had ever returned to tell the tale of such a place. But Briar continued on. She would make it, or die amongst the ones who tried.

By the time the sun plunged toward the horizon, her shadow became the only sign of life. It was a strange and unnerving feeling being so alone. Surviving in communes meant overcrowding. Everywhere she turned, someone would be there to meet her gaze. Shoulder to shoulder with strangers. The suffocating population of the communes caused many to flee in search of a better one. The desert nomads wandered the dried terrain in search of fertile land yet untouched by man. Briar was now among them�a lonely drifter with no home.

Walking alone in the endless, arid land, she watched the fading colors of the sun streak the sky with the palest gold to the richest reds. Magnificent hues reminded Briar of the breathtaking space around her. A desert so deadly, but at times so awe-inspiring.

The burning heat of the day dissipated a little, which allowed Briar to pick up her pace. For days she camped at dusk, ate a meager meal, and sipped at her treasured water supply before trying to sleep on her worn blanket. Now she had to change her routine. Briar had used the last of her matches for fire lighting the night before, so stopping to make camp seemed pointless. When her hunger pains became unbearable, she ate what was left of her dried meat as she hiked forward. Time was running out.

Stumbling over her own feet, Briar had no choice but to stop for a quick rest. Exhaustion had won this battle. She was glad to spread her blanket down for a couple of hours' sleep.

* * * *

The next few hours passed all too quickly. The morning heat grew unbearable, burning through the blanket and making sleep impossible. Her lips were cracked and dry, her skin burned, and her eyes were gritty with sand. Struggling to lift her head, Briar couldn't help but wonder if today would be the day she died. With her food now gone and only enough water to last the day, Briar struggled to her feet to continue on. She would die fighting.

She concentrated on putting one foot in front of the other, one step at a time as she focused on breathing in and out in a soothing pattern. The need for water overwhelmed her until she had no choice but to take the last gulp she'd greedily been saving. As she took the final sip, she closed her eyes and tried to relish in the pleasure of having something so cool against her tongue. If she were going to die, she wanted to remember the joy of something as simple as taking a drink.

She didn't want to die, but accepted that the outcome pointed in that direction. People had called her a fool for believing she could make this journey. Others questioned why she wanted to reach the palace to begin with. Stories of sex, lust, forbidden acts, and a society wrapped around taboo steered many away. The four brothers that ruled the commune were known for their insatiable tastes and their women that catered to it all. The Palace of Lazar was not just a commune. It was a harem. Unlike most communes, women were welcomed. Tales of jewels, satin, silk, and plentiful food drew the adventurous soul. But for Briar, the palace offered more. The curiosity of what went on behind those walls pushed her through the desert day after day, night after night. The wonder of the harem and the four brothers haunted her dreams. Briar wanted to see it, live it, and feel it. It was worth risking her life and succumbing to the desert.

The sand in front of her began to fade in and out. The ringing in her ears only intensified as her vision dimmed. She couldn't decide if she was going to faint or vomit, now convinced that her last moments were near. Everything started to fade away from her as the darkness deepened until there was nothing but a hot, thick, encompassing, blackness.
Monique Dillon on 11/28/2015 09:49pm
This is a futuristic dystopia that represents a unique situation where pockets of humanity had to work out their own niche in a segregated commune. What I liked about our main heroine, is that she is not seeking out the Palace of Lazar simply because she wants a better place to live, but because she instinctively knows she is a submissive and needs the lifestyle of the Harem. The mystery surrounding the identities of the mysterious Brothers that run the Harem also add an element of curiosity and myth.
Monique Dillon on 11/28/2015 09:49pm
This is a futuristic dystopia that represents a unique situation where pockets of humanity had to work out their own niche in a segregated commune. What I liked about our main heroine, is that she is not seeking out the Palace of Lazar simply because she wants a better place to live, but because she instinctively knows she is a submissive and needs the lifestyle of the Harem. The mystery surrounding the identities of the mysterious Brothers that run the Harem also add an element of curiosity and myth.
Myra Danvers on 05/26/2015 09:05am
In the Harem series, Alta Hensley has created a post apocalyptic desert-world so intense and believable that I'm guzzling ice-cold water in sympathy. I loved the description of Briar, our feisty little heroine, her journey of survival through a barren desert wasteland, and her unapologetic need for something different. If that something is finding the fabled Palace of Lazar, complete with tales of debauchery, sin, and all the good stuff in life, she's willing to risk everything to find it. The communes are straight out of my darkest nightmares - overcrowded, underfed, and stocked with all the worst bits of humanity - they're a powder keg, and the Palace of Lazar is the match. I'm beyond excited for the next book. Thank you Alta!! Myra Danvers
Myra Danvers on 05/26/2015 09:05am
In the Harem series, Alta Hensley has created a post apocalyptic desert-world so intense and believable that I'm guzzling ice-cold water in sympathy. I loved the description of Briar, our feisty little heroine, her journey of survival through a barren desert wasteland, and her unapologetic need for something different. If that something is finding the fabled Palace of Lazar, complete with tales of debauchery, sin, and all the good stuff in life, she's willing to risk everything to find it. The communes are straight out of my darkest nightmares - overcrowded, underfed, and stocked with all the worst bits of humanity - they're a powder keg, and the Palace of Lazar is the match. I'm beyond excited for the next book. Thank you Alta!! Myra Danvers
Felicity Nichols on 10/07/2014 10:45am
When I started reading In The Palace Of Lazar I was taken away by the storyline. I didn't I would be able to read it as the description didn't really catch me but I had heard many wonderful things and decided to take a chance and I am very happy that I did. Briar Hope is seeking out the Palace Of Lazar, a place that many people claim to be myth. For Briar, it is hope and the chance to belong. It is a place of mystery that is full of everything she cannot get in the barren lands that surround her. Once she finds the Palace she finds herself home. She easily fits within the Harem and knows that this is where she belonged all along. When Militant forces attack, Briar's world is thrown upside down as she makes new alliances on the quest to find her way back home. In The Palace Of Lazar brings us into a realistic future. A future without hope and very little commodities. Hensley weaves a story full of hope, punishment, pain, pleasure, and the journey to find one's true self. I cannot wait to see what comes in book two.
Felicity Nichols on 10/07/2014 10:45am
When I started reading In The Palace Of Lazar I was taken away by the storyline. I didn't I would be able to read it as the description didn't really catch me but I had heard many wonderful things and decided to take a chance and I am very happy that I did. Briar Hope is seeking out the Palace Of Lazar, a place that many people claim to be myth. For Briar, it is hope and the chance to belong. It is a place of mystery that is full of everything she cannot get in the barren lands that surround her. Once she finds the Palace she finds herself home. She easily fits within the Harem and knows that this is where she belonged all along. When Militant forces attack, Briar's world is thrown upside down as she makes new alliances on the quest to find her way back home. In The Palace Of Lazar brings us into a realistic future. A future without hope and very little commodities. Hensley weaves a story full of hope, punishment, pain, pleasure, and the journey to find one's true self. I cannot wait to see what comes in book two.
Magbeam on 09/27/2014 07:15pm
Note: I was given an ARC of this book in return for an impartial review, which I believe I have delivered. Briar Hope lives in a future Earth which has been reduced to a desert, and the last remnants of human civilization live in communes centered around what few fresh-water springs are available to support life. Expelled from her commune, Briar makes her way across the desert to find the famed Palace of Lazar, rumored to be home to four brothers who take in virgin women to serve in their harem. Briar is unique in that she is the only woman to willingly make the journey with the intention of joining the harem, and she comes under the training of Donte, one of the men who supervise the harem for the brothers. Briar becomes friends with several other trainees, but when the Palace comes under attack from a militant rival commune, they are separated, and Briar has to survive while making new alliances and trying to find her way to her home again. The world Alta Hensley created here reminds me of the futuristic wastelands of such sci-fi classics as Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth, Larry Niven’s A World Out of Time, and Gene Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun. There is much development of the world, also – the book is maybe half “serious story” (for lack of a better term) rather than simply being entirely sexual. Not that there is any lack of that. There are brief ageplay, F/f, and medical aspects, but most of the sexual scenes are Briar receiving anal training, spankings, and finally full-on sex at the hands of Donte. Nor is Briar a simple wilting flower – she is a fighter from the start, able to handle her own, who willingly seeks out the pleasures of submission, but does not lose her ability to fend for herself doing so. Some of the characterization and her voice could have been developed slightly more, but that is my one real critique. I loved the setting and the plot. The ending leaves many potential threads open for what will presumably be later entries in the series – I really hope that we see more of the world and society that Alta has created here, both inside and outside the harem.
Magbeam on 09/27/2014 07:15pm
Note: I was given an ARC of this book in return for an impartial review, which I believe I have delivered. Briar Hope lives in a future Earth which has been reduced to a desert, and the last remnants of human civilization live in communes centered around what few fresh-water springs are available to support life. Expelled from her commune, Briar makes her way across the desert to find the famed Palace of Lazar, rumored to be home to four brothers who take in virgin women to serve in their harem. Briar is unique in that she is the only woman to willingly make the journey with the intention of joining the harem, and she comes under the training of Donte, one of the men who supervise the harem for the brothers. Briar becomes friends with several other trainees, but when the Palace comes under attack from a militant rival commune, they are separated, and Briar has to survive while making new alliances and trying to find her way to her home again. The world Alta Hensley created here reminds me of the futuristic wastelands of such sci-fi classics as Jack Vance۪s The Dying Earth, Larry Niven۪s A World Out of Time, and Gene Wolfe۪s Book of the New Sun. There is much development of the world, also the book is maybe half serious story۝ (for lack of a better term) rather than simply being entirely sexual. Not that there is any lack of that. There are brief ageplay, F/f, and medical aspects, but most of the sexual scenes are Briar receiving anal training, spankings, and finally full-on sex at the hands of Donte. Nor is Briar a simple wilting flower she is a fighter from the start, able to handle her own, who willingly seeks out the pleasures of submission, but does not lose her ability to fend for herself doing so. Some of the characterization and her voice could have been developed slightly more, but that is my one real critique. I loved the setting and the plot. The ending leaves many potential threads open for what will presumably be later entries in the series I really hope that we see more of the world and society that Alta has created here, both inside and outside the harem.
Monique Dillon on 09/25/2014 06:51pm
This story is cast in a believable dystopian post-apocalyptic society. The story starts off with Briar trekking through a wasteland desert in search of a mythical commune full of the lifestyle she has secretly longed for. She risks her very life in search and almost lost it too and was saved in the last second from death. Most of the story then constitutes the lavish juxtaposition life she leads in the harem contrasted by her flashbacks of what life was like in other communes, thus giving some indication of what has happened to the rest of humanity. The second half of the book occurs when Briar must leave with half of the harem across the desert to the next deserted commune in hopes of giving time for the Palace to defend itself against marauders. The story does come into question the fine balance required to have the strength to survive a cruel world while still being able to relinquish all in submission to the one you love. The story ends with many unanswered questions for the next installment while still giving some closure to the ever-developing relationship between Briar and Donte.
Monique Dillon on 09/25/2014 06:51pm
This story is cast in a believable dystopian post-apocalyptic society. The story starts off with Briar trekking through a wasteland desert in search of a mythical commune full of the lifestyle she has secretly longed for. She risks her very life in search and almost lost it too and was saved in the last second from death. Most of the story then constitutes the lavish juxtaposition life she leads in the harem contrasted by her flashbacks of what life was like in other communes, thus giving some indication of what has happened to the rest of humanity. The second half of the book occurs when Briar must leave with half of the harem across the desert to the next deserted commune in hopes of giving time for the Palace to defend itself against marauders. The story does come into question the fine balance required to have the strength to survive a cruel world while still being able to relinquish all in submission to the one you love. The story ends with many unanswered questions for the next installment while still giving some closure to the ever-developing relationship between Briar and Donte.
Monique Dillon on 09/25/2014 06:48pm
This story is cast in a believable dystopian post-apocalyptic society. The story starts off with Briar trekking through a wasteland desert in search of a mythical commune full of the lifestyle she has secretly longed for. She risks her very life in search and almost lost it too and was saved in the last second from death. Most of the story then constitutes the lavish juxtaposition life she leads in the harem contrasted by her flashbacks of what life was like in other communes, thus giving some indication of what has happened to the rest of humanity. The second half of the book occurs when Briar must leave with half of the harem across the desert to the next deserted commune in hopes of giving time for the Palace to defend itself against marauders. The story does come into question the fine balance required to have the strength to survive a cruel world while still being able to relinquish all in submission to the one you love. The story ends with many unanswered questions for the next installment while still giving some closure to the ever-developing relationship between Briar and Donte.
Monique Dillon on 09/25/2014 06:48pm
This story is cast in a believable dystopian post-apocalyptic society. The story starts off with Briar trekking through a wasteland desert in search of a mythical commune full of the lifestyle she has secretly longed for. She risks her very life in search and almost lost it too and was saved in the last second from death. Most of the story then constitutes the lavish juxtaposition life she leads in the harem contrasted by her flashbacks of what life was like in other communes, thus giving some indication of what has happened to the rest of humanity. The second half of the book occurs when Briar must leave with half of the harem across the desert to the next deserted commune in hopes of giving time for the Palace to defend itself against marauders. The story does come into question the fine balance required to have the strength to survive a cruel world while still being able to relinquish all in submission to the one you love. The story ends with many unanswered questions for the next installment while still giving some closure to the ever-developing relationship between Briar and Donte.
Corinne on 09/20/2014 01:04pm
This was a story full of action, grit, submission, and seduction. I fully enjoyed the read. I would love a sequel with more harem life. The harem was my favorite part. Donte is one hot alpha! I thoroughly enjoyed Briar's reactions to all of the new sensations she experienced and her natural submission. Wonderful story!
Corinne on 09/20/2014 01:04pm
This was a story full of action, grit, submission, and seduction. I fully enjoyed the read. I would love a sequel with more harem life. The harem was my favorite part. Donte is one hot alpha! I thoroughly enjoyed Briar's reactions to all of the new sensations she experienced and her natural submission. Wonderful story!
Ally McMahon on 09/20/2014 12:07am
In the ‘Palace of Lazar’ (Harem Book One) Author Alta Hensley brings us a descriptive, sensual, and enticing tale centering around Briar Hope. In this world everything has dried up leaving a barren, infinite, and monotonous desert. Small communities survive on what little water is left in the world. Lakes are now ponds. Rivers are now creeks. Briar Hope was traveling westward on a long and arduous journey hoping to reach the Palace of Lazar. She wants to escape her past. Here there would be an abundance of water and thriving palm trees. This is her ultimate destination. She is risking her life going to a place that some question if exists at all. People questioned why Briar would want to go to the Palace of Lazar to begin with. It is ruled by four brothers and rumors of sex, lust, and forbidden acts run rampant. But this is exactly what attracted Briar to the Palace of Lazar in the first place. Her curiosity about this lifestyle is what drives Briar through this barren desert. She meets Donte who is in charge of the harem at the Palace of Lazar. He explains that complete submission is required to be accepted into the harem of the four brothers. With Donte she experiences her first spanking. She meets Mistress Krin, who inspects her to make sure she is suitable for the four brothers. She is warned of Mistress Tula. Full of descriptive and vivid interaction between Briar and her journey of sexuality, self discovery, and a lavish life style, readers will not be able to put this book down. With vivid sex, romance, danger, and adventure this is one book you will not want to miss. I highly recommend it!
Ally McMahon on 09/20/2014 12:07am
In the Palace of Lazar۪ (Harem Book One) Author Alta Hensley brings us a descriptive, sensual, and enticing tale centering around Briar Hope. In this world everything has dried up leaving a barren, infinite, and monotonous desert. Small communities survive on what little water is left in the world. Lakes are now ponds. Rivers are now creeks. Briar Hope was traveling westward on a long and arduous journey hoping to reach the Palace of Lazar. She wants to escape her past. Here there would be an abundance of water and thriving palm trees. This is her ultimate destination. She is risking her life going to a place that some question if exists at all. People questioned why Briar would want to go to the Palace of Lazar to begin with. It is ruled by four brothers and rumors of sex, lust, and forbidden acts run rampant. But this is exactly what attracted Briar to the Palace of Lazar in the first place. Her curiosity about this lifestyle is what drives Briar through this barren desert. She meets Donte who is in charge of the harem at the Palace of Lazar. He explains that complete submission is required to be accepted into the harem of the four brothers. With Donte she experiences her first spanking. She meets Mistress Krin, who inspects her to make sure she is suitable for the four brothers. She is warned of Mistress Tula. Full of descriptive and vivid interaction between Briar and her journey of sexuality, self discovery, and a lavish life style, readers will not be able to put this book down. With vivid sex, romance, danger, and adventure this is one book you will not want to miss. I highly recommend it!
Marybeth on 09/17/2014 12:20pm
This was an interesting story. I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series. The book starts out with Briar Hope making her way through the desert. She has been travelling for days, weeks, she wasn’t sure. She was exhausted, but she was determined to find the Palace of Lazar. She had heard about this commune all her life and she desperately wanted to be accepted there. She had left many communes on the way to this one. She finally arrives and she is accepted into the commune for training by Donte. She obeys him without question and, she flourishes there. Unfortunately, for her, she is still a virgin, not being chosen by any of the four brothers. There is more plot to get though, but, believe me, you will want to. When the story ended, I really wanted it to continue. Ms. Hensley does an excellent job describing this future world to us. I give this story 5 stars!
Marybeth on 09/17/2014 12:20pm
This was an interesting story. I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series. The book starts out with Briar Hope making her way through the desert. She has been travelling for days, weeks, she wasn۪t sure. She was exhausted, but she was determined to find the Palace of Lazar. She had heard about this commune all her life and she desperately wanted to be accepted there. She had left many communes on the way to this one. She finally arrives and she is accepted into the commune for training by Donte. She obeys him without question and, she flourishes there. Unfortunately, for her, she is still a virgin, not being chosen by any of the four brothers. There is more plot to get though, but, believe me, you will want to. When the story ended, I really wanted it to continue. Ms. Hensley does an excellent job describing this future world to us. I give this story 5 stars!
Rebecca on 09/17/2014 05:36am
Post apocalyptic, dystopian world with loads of action adventure! Alta Hensley has written an erotic romance action adventure tale that will have you on the edge of your seat. In a post apocalyptic, dystopian world the Palace of Lazar appears to be Briar's best hope for living a better life. While that may be true, the ending is not exactly as expected. It's better. Briar is a remarkable relatable character with depth. She is often soft and gentle. When it's necessary, she exhibits her inner strength and fighting spirit. "In the Palace of Lazar" is well-written and exciting to read. Highly recommended!
Rebecca on 09/17/2014 05:36am
"Post apocalyptic, dystopian world with loads of action adventure! Alta Hensley has written an erotic romance action adventure tale that will have you on the edge of your seat. In a post apocalyptic, dystopian world the Palace of Lazar appears to be Briar's best hope for living a better life. While that may be true, the ending is not exactly as expected. It's better. Briar is a remarkable relatable character with depth. She is often soft and gentle. When it's necessary, she exhibits her inner strength and fighting spirit. ""In the Palace of Lazar"" is well-written and exciting to read. Highly recommended!"
ELizabeth on 09/16/2014 01:22pm
Amazing characters, great spankings, good sex. This book was a fun and engaging read! The characters jumped off the page and really made it a hard book to put down. I loved the plot it was well written and did not seem rushed or incomplete. That being said I can't WAIT to read book two to see how it all turns out!!! Bravo Alta!!
ELizabeth on 09/16/2014 01:22pm
Amazing characters, great spankings, good sex. This book was a fun and engaging read! The characters jumped off the page and really made it a hard book to put down. I loved the plot it was well written and did not seem rushed or incomplete. That being said I can't WAIT to read book two to see how it all turns out!!! Bravo Alta!!
Es May on 09/14/2014 10:43am
This book was different than the normal sci-fi book I have come to expect in this genre, and that made it very refreshing. I can usually guess a lot of the plot of a book, and loved that I couldn't in this book. Briar is so driven by need, her need to escape the life she's known, need to get from one colony to the next, need to survive, and then when her sexual need starts to be awaken, it drives her as much as any other need in her life. It was nice to watch her learn about herself, to open up, and to enjoy the things she'd only been dreaming of before. I usually love a man that is completely take charge in the novels I read, and Donte does, but he also has this soft side that made me melt. I cannot wait to read the rest of the books in this series.
Es May on 09/14/2014 10:43am
This book was different than the normal sci-fi book I have come to expect in this genre, and that made it very refreshing. I can usually guess a lot of the plot of a book, and loved that I couldn't in this book. Briar is so driven by need, her need to escape the life she's known, need to get from one colony to the next, need to survive, and then when her sexual need starts to be awaken, it drives her as much as any other need in her life. It was nice to watch her learn about herself, to open up, and to enjoy the things she'd only been dreaming of before. I usually love a man that is completely take charge in the novels I read, and Donte does, but he also has this soft side that made me melt. I cannot wait to read the rest of the books in this series.
SH on 09/14/2014 10:26am
Oh my, I have been anxiously waiting for this book's release and it was so worth the wait! A fantastic start to the series and I know I am going to have a hard time waiting the for the next one! Ms. Hensley has painted us a detailed picture of a sci-fi world, destroyed over time with the inhabitants struggling for survival but there is so much more to this story. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to read this book, a cool drink and fan may also be a good idea, because this is one HOT sci-fi adventure. There is something for everyone here with adventure, danger, love, and some very hot, steamy elements! You will regret it if you miss this one! Very well done!
SH on 09/14/2014 10:26am
Oh my, I have been anxiously waiting for this book's release and it was so worth the wait! A fantastic start to the series and I know I am going to have a hard time waiting the for the next one! Ms. Hensley has painted us a detailed picture of a sci-fi world, destroyed over time with the inhabitants struggling for survival but there is so much more to this story. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to read this book, a cool drink and fan may also be a good idea, because this is one HOT sci-fi adventure. There is something for everyone here with adventure, danger, love, and some very hot, steamy elements! You will regret it if you miss this one! Very well done!
Jamie on 09/14/2014 02:34am
This book got me so hot so fast. Set in a beautifully constructed dystopian desert sci-fi world, Briar makes it to the legendary Palace of Lazar and enlists in the harem there. There is so much pulse-pounding (and kinky) sex in this book that I couldn't get enough. Fantastic.
Jamie on 09/14/2014 02:34am
This book got me so hot so fast. Set in a beautifully constructed dystopian desert sci-fi world, Briar makes it to the legendary Palace of Lazar and enlists in the harem there. There is so much pulse-pounding (and kinky) sex in this book that I couldn't get enough. Fantastic.
ScarlettPhoenix on 09/13/2014 08:06pm
Alta Hensley never ceases to amaze me. She has come up with yet another story that is not your typical tome. The Palace of Lazar is a Sci-fi adventure with plenty of lust and sizzle thrown in for good measure. Briar's planet is suffering from an extreme drought and she has heard of the Palace of Lazar, it's wealth and power and is willing to risk everything to get there. I am so glad that Alta has decided to make this a series. It was a home run stand alone but now, I know it is sure to be a grand slam.
ScarlettPhoenix on 09/13/2014 08:06pm
Alta Hensley never ceases to amaze me. She has come up with yet another story that is not your typical tome. The Palace of Lazar is a Sci-fi adventure with plenty of lust and sizzle thrown in for good measure. Briar's planet is suffering from an extreme drought and she has heard of the Palace of Lazar, it's wealth and power and is willing to risk everything to get there. I am so glad that Alta has decided to make this a series. It was a home run stand alone but now, I know it is sure to be a grand slam.
Redrabbitt on 09/13/2014 01:20pm
The planet is now deserts of barren land with small communes of people trying to survive anyway they can. The water supply is limited, the fertile land is almost nonexistent. Briar has heard of the Palace of Lazar and the Harem girls who live there, submitting to four brothers with insatiable tastes . The stories of sex, lust, forbidden acts, and a society wrapped around taboo draws Briar to set out to find this place and become one of the harem's girls. Arriving with Donte finding her near death, she is subjected to medical exams where she is checked to make sure she is a virgin. Her training begins and she lives a comfortable life with clean clothes, food and water. But trouble is coming in the form of war from Jaden commune. All the harem girls are sent out in groups of three to seek other commune from the battle. Will the girls survive or be captured? Will the Palace of Lazar survive? What will happen to the brothers? What a wonderful start to a new series. I loved the story and look forward to more! This story contains a D/s dynamic, medical play, anal play, explicit sex and spankings.
Redrabbitt on 09/13/2014 01:20pm
The planet is now deserts of barren land with small communes of people trying to survive anyway they can. The water supply is limited, the fertile land is almost nonexistent. Briar has heard of the Palace of Lazar and the Harem girls who live there, submitting to four brothers with insatiable tastes . The stories of sex, lust, forbidden acts, and a society wrapped around taboo draws Briar to set out to find this place and become one of the harem's girls. Arriving with Donte finding her near death, she is subjected to medical exams where she is checked to make sure she is a virgin. Her training begins and she lives a comfortable life with clean clothes, food and water. But trouble is coming in the form of war from Jaden commune. All the harem girls are sent out in groups of three to seek other commune from the battle. Will the girls survive or be captured? Will the Palace of Lazar survive? What will happen to the brothers? What a wonderful start to a new series. I loved the story and look forward to more! This story contains a D/s dynamic, medical play, anal play, explicit sex and spankings.

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