Without a Front – The Producer’s Challenge (Chronicles of Alsea – Book #2) by Fletcher DeLancey

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Book Two in the Chronicles of Alsea

Author: Fletcher DeLancey


When the Voloth invaded Alsea, Lancer Andira Tal thought the hard part would be fighting off a technologically advanced army.

It wasn’t. In the aftermath of war, Alsean society is deeply divided and Tal is facing issues no Lancer has ever dealt with before. How to rebuild, what to do with the Voloth prisoners, when and how to release the new technologies—the pressure is building and Tal is showing cracks, which her enemies are glad to exploit.

The most divisive of the new technologies are the matter printers, desired by some castes and feared by others, especially the producers. When a challenge gives Tal the opportunity to bring the producers to her side, she leaves the capital to work in the fields of Hol-Opah. There she finds an unexpected sanctuary—and the promise of something she has wished for all her life.

But sanctuary and dreams are distractions, and Tal’s inattention may cost her everything.

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Publication Date

October 2015


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140,000 words




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5 reviews for Without a Front – The Producer’s Challenge (Chronicles of Alsea – Book #2) by Fletcher DeLancey

  1. BJ Evans
    Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Great story. I purchased it the moment it became available on Ylva and have read it twice. I continue to be amazed by MS Delancey’s ability to create a entire world and culture. This is a great story by a great story teller. I so love this series.

  2. Kelly
    Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I’ve been remiss in my duty to tell everyone how amazing this series is. I’ve been a fan since the internet series was posted years ago. Actually, that might be a slight understatement. I read the online version of The Chronicles of Alsea at least two to three time a year until she took it down. And this fresh incarnation of these characters and this story does not disappoint. I fell in love with these characters, this world, and this story almost instantly. And Fletcher DeLancey is a masterful storyteller. She’s not just an author. Anyone with even the slightest inclination toward romance should read this. Yes, there is a sci-fi element, but Ms. DeLancey does such a beautiful job of creating this world and these characters, that you honestly don’t think about the fact that they aren’t “of our world”. Go read it! You won’t be disappointed.

  3. Simon Gorton
    Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This story is unlike any other science fiction I have read in that it is about those who inhabit the world, not about the strangeness of the technology. I loved the political intrigue and the explanations of how and why the world worked without having ‘dear reader’ moments. This is not a story on its own, it is the middle of a trilogy. It is definitely worth reading in the right order.

  4. Tara at The Lesbian Review
    Rated 5 out of 5


    Without a Front The Producers Challenge by Fletcher DeLancey is the second book in her Chronicles of Alsea series. It is not a standalone novel, so first read The Caphenon.

    This review contains spoilers for The Caphenon. Proceed further at your own risk.

    Weeks after the end of The Caphenon, Lancer Andira Tal is nowhere close to relaxing or basking in the glory of winning the battle against the Voloth. There are questions of what to do with the Voloth prisoners of war, some are calling Tal a war criminal for allowing empathic attacks during the battle, and there’s the small matter of every caste having an opinion about what to do with the matter printer technology.

    Tal has been meeting with delegates from all of the castes to allay their fears about the matter printers when the producer caste’s delegate is replaced. Raiz Salomen Opah may be beautiful, but she has a biting tongue and isn’t afraid to let anyone know how little she agrees with Tal, convinced that the matter printers will devastate the producers. One day, their barb trading leads to a challenge: Tal will work Salomen’s farm for a whole cycle, and Salomen will accompany Tal in her work for a cycle.

    Without a Front The Producers Challenge is an excellent sci-fi novel with a romance that made me do a little happy dance. I highly recommend it, but be sure to have your copy of Without a Front – The Warrior’s Challenge ready so you can dive immediately into it.

    Read my full review here: http://www.thelesbianreview.com/without-front-producers-challenge/

  5. Lee Koven
    Rated 4 out of 5


    After repelling an alien invasion, Alsea’s leader Andira Tal now has the really hard work to deal with. Plenty of veterans and other civilians question her methods used to defend Alsea. She has squabbling castes who have differing views on what to do with the matter printers Alsea now has access to. How and when should they be introduced into the economy? The producers are afraid it will destroy their livelihoods. One such producer issues a challenge to Tal to live as a field hand for a month. Tal agrees, and finds new respect for the producers, and a chance at a life-changing love. However, a villain conspires to control Tal, and is just waiting for her to fall into his trap. My squees Delancey does an amazing job of describing landscapes and pageantry. The reader experiences so many aspects of society: farming, politics, the prison system, how castes work, and ceremonial swordfighting. Everything feels like it’s been carefully thought out: Alsea is a complete and detailed world, and its struggles felt convincing to me. The romance builds slowly, and the relationship between Tal and her belle is a slow build from grudging respect to love as they interact with each other more and see beyond their preconceptions of who the other is. Tal’s lady is more than a match for the leader of Alsea- according to Tal herself! Speaking of Tal’s lady, so many characters have awesome and original names. They’re pleasant sounds in my mind. Early on, Delancey handles questions of prisoners of war, euthanasia, and the unexpected victims of warfare. There’s a lot to consider here, given the events of The Caphenon, and all the consequences of war and alien contact are given due consideration. My grumbles I’m somewhat allergic to the ‘soul mates’ trope. Although Delancey handles the relationship well, with the women figuring out they would have bonded without divine intervention, it’s something that tweaks me in any circumstance. This book is long and ends on a cliffhanger. The pace is slowed down by occasional vignettes about Tal’s adversary. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find much to latch on about the villain. He’s vague about his machinations and his motivations seem pretty simple. I would have liked some more details (like his pet rabbit or something) about him to make him more intriguing to me. Read The Caphenon before reading this. It will make the issues surrounding the Voloth and Tal’s despondence at the beginning of the book much clearer. I’ll definitely read Without a Front II: The Warrior’s Challenge.

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