Catalyst (Chronicles of Alsea – Book #4) by Fletcher DeLancey

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Book Four in the Chronicles of Alsea

Author: Fletcher DeLancey

Description

After disobeying orders and saving the planet of Alsea from invasion, Captain Ekatya Serrado returns home a hero and renegade, alongside Dr. Lhyn Rivers, now the foremost authority on a culture that fascinates and terrifies. They share a secret: they are tyrees, linked by an Alsean empathic bond that should be biologically impossible for two Gaians. The secret could cost Ekatya her career, but when both women are drawn into a deadly political game, their tyree bond may be all that stands between them and the dangerous enemies they have made.

In Catalyst, the fourth book of the Chronicles of Alsea, the bonds of love, friendship, and family are redefined. The intersection of the Alsean and Gaian cultures has profoundly changed both—and become a catalyst for miracles.

Additional information

Publication Date

December 2016

Formats

epub, mobi, and pdf

Length

136,000 words

Language

English

ISBNs

978-3-95533-642-4 (mobi), 978-3-95533-643-1 (epub), 978-3-95533-644-8 (pdf)

Publisher

Ylva Publishing

7 reviews for Catalyst (Chronicles of Alsea – Book #4) by Fletcher DeLancey

  1. pat iserman
    Rated 5 out of 5

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    OMG.
    I have not read one of the books in this series without blubbering in happiness,seeing angry red while a character is suffering injustice,or being amazed at this fascinating world of Alsea.
    These characters jump out and crush you with feelings that are just overwhelming and delightful.Which now that I think about it is kind of ironic since Alseans keep all their emotions to themselves.That is until Fletcher DeLancey gets a hold on them .Then all bets are off.
    Here you have yet another highly crafted story by an expert “crafter”.
    You can tell a great deal about an author by simply getting to know her characters.Their intelligence and humor shine through these pages.
    Thank you,Fletcher,for yet another tale of Alsea and the people who inhabit her planet.

    OMG.
    I have not read one of the books in this series without blubbering in happiness,seeing angry red while a character is suffering injustice,or being amazed at this fascinating world of Alsea.
    These characters jump out and crush you with feelings that are just overwhelming and delightful.Which now that I think about it is kind of ironic since Alseans keep all their emotions to themselves.That is until Fletcher DeLancey gets a hold on them .Then all bets are off.
    Here you have yet another highly crafted story by an expert “crafter”.
    You can tell a great deal about an author by simply getting to know her characters.Their intelligence and humor shine through these pages.
    Thank you,Fletcher,for yet another tale of Alsea and the people who inhabit her planet.

  2. Joan Arlng
    Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    OMG.

    My first reaction was “Hallelujah”. Not Haendel’s, but Cohen’s. Because it was a very painful experience.

    Now, I would not have given the story a 5-star rating if it weren’t brilliant. It’s Fletcher DeLancey, after all, so ’nuff said. Please keep that in mind as I ramble on.

    Much to my own surprise, I hate this novel. I thought the introduction of that character Sholokhov was mean enough for me, even though I recognize the dramatic necessity. It took away a lot of reading pleasure, though. I breathed a sigh of relief when this resolved, thinking that now I was going to enjoy the remainder of the novel.

    I could not have been more wrong. What followed was far worse. I admit to skipping some pages because I couldn’t stand it (but I also couldn’t lay the book down). At the very end, Lanaril asks “How could Fahla allow for a sweet soul to suffer like this?” I am asking Fletcher: “How could you treat one of your characters to such torture?”

    I used to be a small-time writer (definitely not in Fletcher’s league), but even the idea of mistreating one of my characters that way gives me nightmares.

    Is this book worth a read? Definitely. It may be the greatest accomplishment she has so far wrought. But it also isn’t for the faint of heart (of which I am one, obviously).

    I’d like to say thank you, but I am seriously shaken.

  3. jane shambler
    Rated 5 out of 5

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    This is apparently the forth book of an on going series and I jumped in at number four. I read it as a stand alone novel and really enjoyed it. I’m guessing had I read the previous three I would have enjoyed it even more. The author has an amazing imagination, one that you find you want to know more. Saying this all could have been explained in detail before this book but the author does give you enough to read this and understand what is going on. I found it inventive, unique and totally engaging. I really enjoyed reading about other worlds and cultures, even the bad sides. I will definately be reading the first three without a doubt as I really want to know more. Before you ask, NO, you do not need to be a sci-fi fanatic to enjoy this book. Enjoy!

  4. flowerscat
    Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    The thing that I love about this entire series is how effortlessly it transports me to a completely different world. I love how easy it is to engage with, and relate to, the characters, and to see Alsea through their eyes. This book is no exception. Chronologically the events in this book follow on from Without a Front (The Warriors Challenge), but occur before Vellmar the Blade.

    The main story takes place planet side on Alsea, where Andira and Salomen are on their bonding break with their families, both related and adopted. As such, both Ekatya and Lhyn are invited along as part of Andira’s adopted family. We hear about Ekatya and Lhyn’s story through a series of flashbacks interspersed with current events on the bonding break.

    Not all of the story is peaches and roses, there are some gritty moments, and one of the main characters undergoes a trial by fire, which I found a bit hard to read (there is plenty of advance warning if you want to skip this section) – but she emerges mentally and emotionally stronger for it, thanks to the support of her family. I hope her progress and healing will be touched upon in future books. There are some really touching scenes between Andira and Ekatya, and we also get to see the softer, more personal side, of Lanaril, the Lead Templar of Blacksun. I love how much effort has gone into developing each character and giving them unique traits – anyone with an inquisitive mind will find it particularly easy to resonate with Lhyn, as she cannot stop asking questions! :). The last chapter in particular was a real joy to read, and gives some sort of closure to the events in the book.

    There is so much depth and complexity to the plot line – I can imagine reading this several times and discovering something new each time. As with the other books in this series the world-building is superb, and the settings are rich in detail. And if you liked the non-stop action in The Caphenon, this book doesn’t disappoint on that front either. You get to see Ekatya in full captain mode, completely in her element – this is the Captain Serrado I have been waiting for since The Caphenon. This is also the older, wiser Captain Serrado – still obeying orders, but also willing to question them.

    Don’t let the sci-fi tag put you off reading this book, as the science is clearly explained without making it too complex, and only forms a small part of the storyline. If you have a even tiny bit of interest in space travel, this book will set fire to your imagination and leave you wanting more.

    The real beauty of this book is that it takes you through a rollercoaster of emotions, and makes you feel what the characters are feeling – take your time savouring the experience, as very few books have the ability to move the reader at such a deep level.

    My only small niggle is related to the number of flashbacks – I would have preferred a more continuous storyline for Ekatya and Lhyn, and kept finding myself skipping sections related to current events in order to catch up with Ekatya and Lhyn’s backstory. In terms of the timeline, this book covers the two years since the crash of The Caphenon, with most of the backstory set in the Protectorate. It ends at around 10 days after the events of WAF: The Warriors Challenge, so don’t expect a lot of changes on Alsea itself.

    All in all, this is a great read and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. This book can be read as a standalone, but will probably work better if read after The Caphenon, which explains both time travel in the protectorate and the Alsean society in more detail. And if you haven’t read any of the books, treat yourself to all 5 in the series – you won’t regret it.

  5. Enrico
    Rated 5 out of 5

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    On the occasion of a happy reunion of the Gaians (humans) Ekatya and Lhyn with their Alsean close friends, we come to know what happened to Ekatya and Lhyn during the period of their absence from Alsea, their adventures, including a very hard time for them, and we have an insight of how their Tyree connection evolves.
    Also, the reunion is a moment to explore some of the personal relationship left unfinished between the two Gaians and the Alseans closest to Andira Tal, who is now opening to include Ekatya and Lhyn as members of her own extended family.

    As we have come to expect from her, DeLancey gives us another book rich and deep in feelings. The main forumla in her books is that her characters are all extraordinary, all heroines. And she puts them in very difficult, hard situations, to see how they react both with their heads and with their hearts.

    This time the characters (and the readers with them) have to undergo really heavy times, especially Lhyn. The book is somehow more gloomy than the previous ones. Reading is more painful, I’d say. We have to endure it a bit, but it’s worth it at the end.

    In this book the main character is Ekatya, and she proves herself worthy to be considered a real Alsean warrior. But the heart of the story, and of Ekatya herself, is Lhyn. I deeply felt for her, and as a result, she’d now dearer for me.

    It’s a story of strong contrasts between evil minded, unscrupulous individuals and the friendship, love and the sacredness of intimate interpersonal bonds.

    As for Vellmar the Blade, I’m a bit uncertain about the choice of telling a tale, recounting the past. Personally I didn’t liked it in Vellmar (a book I loved anyway) because it gives a sense of “everything is already happened” and not of seeing how the story evolves in the present. But probably in Catalyst is for the best, because it lessen the pain a good bit.

    I loved all the books of the Alsean Chronicles so far. Catalyst included.

  6. Simon Gorton
    Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This series just gets better with each book. I was concerned as some of the reviews made me worry that the story might have changed direction. I am glad this is not the case and, without spoiling the read for others, it continues to be a challenging read. Some descriptions had me in tears at the sheer brutality that was being described. This description is absolutely necessary to make the characters believable and continues a tradition of producing strong characters in a believable world.
    If you have not read any of the Alsea series please don’t start here even though the story stands alone. You will be missing a rare treat of reading a really well crafted series. When I found that Catalyst had been published I re-read the previous volumes to reacquaint myself with the story and drag out the anticipation of reading a book that I knew would not be long enough. If you have never read any science fiction this is a really good series to try. Fletcher Delancey deserved to be much better know.

  7. Velvet Lounger
    Rated 5 out of 5

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    Following immediately on from “Without A Front – The Warrior’s Challenge”, “Catalyst” brings all our major players together for the Lancer’s bonding break. Set on a holiday resort island with gorgeous beaches and honeymoon cabins, Tal and Salomen are joined by their closest friends and family, including Captain Ekatya Serrado and Dr Lhyn Rivers. A happy vacation for all involved, celebrating the divine tyree bond, becomes a time for sharing recent experiences and the baring of souls.

    In the two years since they defeated the Voloth everyone has changed to some degree, made tough choices, learned hard lessons. Dr Rivers, in particular, has faced tough challenges; her support of the Alseans has made her a target for right wing extremists stirring up fear of the ‘mind control’ that the telepathic Alseans could unleash on the Protectorate. As their personal stories are revealed the friends are pulled even closer by their emotional bonds.

    Once again Fletcher DeLancey has produced a stunningly intricate and detailed story to add to the ongoing saga of political and actual battles, emotional growth and complex relationships between strong, intelligent characters. In some ways this is a side story, in terms of Alsea nothing happens to move the larger story arc forward. Instead we are given a lesson in the unpleasant politics of the Protectorate, the lengths individuals will go to further their own agenda, and the price others have to pay. Ultimately it all adds to the world view and will undoubtedly add to our understanding of future events, but despite being set on Alsea this is an off-world backstory.

    DeLancy has achieved something not easy to accomplish in making this almost completely about the emotional growth of her major characters, yet combined it with action, adventure and horrible personal experiences. We explore the events of Serrado and Lhyn’s last two years, but all from the viewpoint of explaining the challenges they have faced internally. While Serrado has been off fighting the baddies, she has serious lessons to learn about forgiveness, and for Lhyn the preceding months have literally been both physical and mental torture, from which she must learn to move forward.

    As well as our existing cast we meet two new major players who seem destined to play a major role in future tales, the feisty Dr Wells, another wonderful addition to the ‘strong women’ who take almost every major part in the epic to date, and the Machiavellian Director Sholokhov. In Sholokhov DeLancy has give us an almost perfect villainous figure to dislike and despise, and yet he appears to be on the ‘right’ side. Again two more well drawn, intriguing characters whose psyches we explore while following a thrilling plot.

    Altogether a brilliant read and one that I found hard to put down. All the books in the series portray the major players with deep, complex and detailed personalities, but this one takes us to another layer of psychological exploration while we are actually reading scenes of action adventure and a dark thriller. DeLancy once again proves herself to be an expert story-teller, a wonderful writer who has a gift for the creation of extraordinarily detailed worlds and sophisticated multidimensional characters. I want nothing more than to sit in a corner and read the whole series again – I cannot wait for the next installment.

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