Gilla and Elias have the perfect life—or as perfect as life can be for slaves living deep in the Esarelian Empire. Elias wants freedom for his precious wife and daughter, and the rest of their people, and he is willing to fight to get it. Pregnant with her second child, Gilla only wants a happy, healthy family who share a strong faith in the God of Old Earth and to get through her workload each day.
When the Esarelians decide to teach their rebellious slaves a lesson they will never forget, Gilla’s entire life is turned upside down. She must trust that God has a plan to protect her new-born son, and have the courage to follow it, choosing the strangest of allies in an effort to ensure his survival.
“Courage is a science fiction novel that captures the strength of a family even amidst the worst conditions. It is emotional, gripping, creative, and visibly related to the story so many of us heard as children at Church. All of the main characters are exquisitely developed in how they act and react to their circumstances; their feelings and emotions are breathtaking during the proper moments; and the story flowed very well, without any holes to leave the reader disappointed.”
“This epic science fiction take of the story of Moses is compelling in every way-character, plot and setting. The characters are well developed and unique; the plot is powerful and personal; the setting is well described. This book is astonishingly good.”
“This is a great and unique perspective on a well-beloved story! Lauren weaved the truths of the original story into a new world, which gave the Biblical tale a fresh view. She created compelling characters dealing with emotions that many can relate to. I especially liked Gilla who, although she wasn’t a warrior in a true sense, she depicted the role of a mother doing all she could to protect her child in a cruel world.”
Than has spent his life ostensibly having fun while secretly fighting for his people’s freedom. A member of the underground resistance, he is only ever serious around his comrades and his family. When an injury forces him to step down from active duty and his reluctant nurse sparks his interest, Than finds himself in uncharted territory. The fascinating woman will have nothing to do with him.
Menali’s past has taught her to keep her head down and trust that God has a reason for allowing the human race to suffer on U’du. When Than explodes into her life, he refuses to take no for an answer and challenges all of her preconceptions. He soon has her re-evaluating her priorities and wondering what life with someone like him would be like.
“Salisbury’s world building is spot on. The alien landscape of U’du and the otherworldliness of the Esarelians are painted in just a few strokes and yet that sense of other permeates the story.”
“I’m not the least bit ashamed to say that Than was my favorite character in Courage so I’m so glad that he has the spotlight in Conviction! Even though this is a retelling of Moses in the Bible, and it has those very obvious aspects, Conviction branches off into it’s own story that is most definitely a romance. I love Than and Menali’s relationship, and the pace of it. It’s not rushed into with fire and fury but it’s not agonizing with suspense either.”
Reemah is a Ra’hos. She has led a life of privilege and luxury, flouting the rules to suit her every whim. Now she must face the consequences of breaking those rules to save a human infant. What will her father demand in return for allowing her latest, most reprehensible, disobedience?
Mahsan has grown up in a world where he doesn’t belong—always alone, always less than his peers. He longs for a place to fit in, a place to be himself. Can discovering the truth about his past hold the key to his future happiness?
Amidst court intrigue and deadly plots, will one mother and son out-maneuver unseen enemies to stay together, or will rash decisions tear them apart?
“Ms. Salisbury’s attention to detail in her world building is excellent. From the scientific details to the arrogance and superior attitudes of the Esarelians, from the exotic plants to the other races of aliens, everything rang true. Though this is a Moses retelling, this story takes on a life of its own. And though it isn’t overt, there are hints of a higher power working throughout the action that I greatly appreciated. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Strength. I think it is my favorite in the series so far. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Science Fiction as well as those who enjoy creative Bible retellings.”
“Ms. Salisbury has created an alien race of beings that is very complex and intriguing, to say the least. There are aliens who are royalty, politicians, scientists, and military, all maneuvering and plotting to get their needs met above all others. Her characters are interesting and all are colorful in their own particular way. The fact that this book is a science fiction reimaging of the story of Moses is like icing on the cake for me. However, readers who are not familiar with the story of Moses and do not like sci-fi will still find much to love in Strength. At its core, this book is a well-written, character-driven story full of political intrigue, family bonds, action, and romance.”
Author Note: The series is a reimagining of the Biblical account of Moses, with each book following one of the women who were instrumental in his life. Their courage, strength, and faith inspired me to explore their lives in more detail, and they wouldn’t let me sleep until I started to write their stories. I added my own twist, of course, and have loved every minute of my journey with them.
Although each book can be read as a stand-alone, for maximum enjoyment, read in order.