Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: A policy of Lies
SERIES: A Policy of Lies #1
AUTHOR: Astrid Amara
PUBLISHER: Loose Id
LENGTH: 173 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 9, 2008
Twenty years ago, Levi Kaszeri survived a brutal rebellion on the mining colony of Tarus 9. Now as an aspiring reporter, Levi has a mission: to expose the massacre to the public, and bring the men responsible to justice.
But after a violent attack, he is rescued — then seduced — by Tiergan Seoras, a young doctor with a dangerous past and a slave tattoo.
Soon Levi finds all of his investigations leading him back to Tiergan. And he begins to fear that the best lover he’s ever had may also be his worst enemy.
So I never set out to read or review this story. I requested the second book in the series and the publisher graciously offered the first for review as well. I said, what the heck, why not and Oh man am I glad I did because I LOVED this story. It may not be for everyone, but it pushed all of my happy buttons and I sped through this one as fast as I could.
The world was this fascinating blend of corruption, poverty, evil, revenge, selflessness, heart, atonement, and love. Everything was so gritty and disturbing yet in the midst of it all were these characters who just stole your heart with their kindness and caring. It was amazing and so much fun to see today’s society parallelled in this universe.
Levi and T were such engaging characters and they made such a great pair. They were such opposites. Levi was like a bull in a china show while T was this quiet and steady presence. Even though Levi was the main storyteller, T stole the show for me. His history and the way his personality was slowly revealed was fantastic. His role was so understated until it wasn’t and it became everything. T was an enigma but if you read between the lines, the reader totally knew exactly who he was very early on. It was so fun to know the secret no one else knew. But most of all, I think I loved that T really pushed Levi to pull his head out of his ass and turned his world upside down.
My favorite part though was the mystery. Levi’s investigation into the past was very well done. It was woven in the the fabric of the world and the characters while also being interesting enough to stand alone if necessary. This was a great case of the author deliberately crafting a tale that gave me everything I needed from the start to let me discover the outcome well before the characters did, but I still was never 100% sure I had it right. This was a great case of “be careful of what you wish for because you just might get it.”
This whole story was just so enthralling that it sucked me in and I read this non stop. I am totally fangirling all over this story and I know that means this review is a mess, but I just can’t tell you how much I loved it. I connected from word one and even after it was over, I could not let go. This was definitely my kind of book and I highly recommend it to everyone.