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The Salarian Desert Game
(Book 2 in The Unintentional Adventures of Kia and Agatha)
What if someone you love gambled on her life?
Games are serious business on Salaria, and the stakes are high. When Kia's older sister, in a desperate bid to erase their family debt, loses the game and forfeits her freedom, Kia is determined to rescue her.
Disguised as a Salarian, Kia becomes Idaro in order to move freely in this dangerous new culture. When she arrives on Salaria, she learns it's a world where a few key players control the board, and the pawns are ready to revolt. Kia joins the conflict, risking everything to save her sister. As if she doesn't already have enough to handle, Agatha, the maddeningly calm and unpredictable Select who lives life both by-the-book and off-the-cuff shows up to help, along with handsome Norio, a strong-willed desert girl with her own agenda, and a group of Salarian teens earning their rite of passage in the treacherous desert game.
What can an interpreter and former thief possibly do in the midst of all this to keep the people she loves alive?
About the Author:
J. A. McLachlan is the Canadian author of a short story collection, Connections: Parables for Today, (Pandora Press); a science fiction novel, Walls of Wind; and a young adult novel, The Occasional Diamond Thief, (EDGE Publishing). The Salarian Desert Game is the second book in her young adult science fiction series, The Unintentional Adventures of Kia and Agatha.
Books in the Series:
Born in Toronto and raised in Newmarket, Jane Ann currently resides in Waterloo, Ontario with her husband. [MORE]
"Tense, thrilling, edge-of-the-seat reading--I tore through this! Kia and Agatha are a fascinating pair, Kia so practical, down-to-earth, and wilful; Agatha so mystical and driven. More, please!" - Tamora Pierce
"Strong, character-driven Science Fiction -- McLachlan makes you both care and think. You can't ask for more. I enjoyed both books in this series, and hope to see a third." -- Tanya Huff, Aurora Award-winning author of The Silvered
"J.A. McLachlan's second novel proves the success of her first was no accident: she's a wonderfully talented writer, and her characters of Agatha and Kia are very appealing. Hop on board the McLachlan train; reading joy awaits." - Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night
"This is an excellent novel. The author does a fine job at making the reader care about the characters, especially Kia. The story explores a number of subjects. Even though it is marketed as a Young Adult novel, adults will also enjoy it." - Paul Lappan
"The book is about the adventures of Kia, a translator that is sent along with her friend Agatha, a Select to the planet Salarian to do some investigations for the governing body. Both Agatha and Kia have some alternative motives for their journey. In order to go Kia has to be transformed into someone else to blend in. Kia also participates in a coming of age ceremony in the Salarian Desert. I found the book to be very interesting, well written and the story kept me reading." - Library Thing
"I have really enjoyed this series so far. This is science fiction that is more focused on social issues and politics than about technology, although an interesting bit of technology will crop up every now and then. I like that so far each book in the series in on a different planet with a different culture, each troubled in its own way. This book tackles slavery, class separation, terrorism, religion, identity and gender bias while Kia navigates it all in a life-threatening adventure." - Rosa Poma
"A real page turner. I read it in one sitting. The plot for the story as a whole is straight forward, but what happens to the protagonist, in almost every chapter, keeps you guessing. I highly recommend it, and did not hesitate to give this five stars." - lam32767
"This was an amazing book. I would recommend it to anybody looking for a book they'll have a tough time putting down." - cheese828