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Changing Worlds In This Sequel To Cari Z S Opening Worlds, Former Starship Captain Jason Kim Travels To Perelan, The Homeworld Of His Lover, Ferran, To Start A Life Together The Ruling Council Of The Perels Have Allowed This Unconventional Union To Continue In The Hopes Of Strengthening Relations Between Themselves And The Humans And While Ferran S Family Welcome Jason With Open Arms, Not All Of The Other Major Families Are As Pleased The Arrival Of An Outsider To Their Insular, Subterranean World Challenges The Traditions Of Centuries Tensions Soar As Old Rivalries Are Rekindled In The Wake Of Jason And Ferran S Relationship Inevitably, Something Snaps Jason And Ferran Soon Find Themselves Literally Fighting For Their Lives When Xenophobic Anger Pushes Things Beyond The Breaking Point Only Their Devotion To One Another Can See Them Through, But A Ghost From Jason S Past Threatens Even That With Perelan On The Brink Of Civil War, Jason And Ferran Must Find A Way To Stand Together In The Face Of Chaos And To Change The World On Their Own Terms Before It Tears Itself Apart


About the Author: Cari Z.

Cari Z is a Colorado girl who loves snow and sunshine She has a wonderful relationship with her husband, a complex relationship with the characters in her head and a sadomasochistic relationship with her exercise routine She feels like Halloween should happen every month, which is why you get this picture of her, and hopes that you enjoy reading what she s put out there as much as she enjoyed writing it in the first place.



10 thoughts on “Changing Worlds

  1. says:

    Review posted at The Armchair Reader.I had heard so many wonderful things about the original story that led to this book, and this book itself, that I was almost worried when I actually started reading them that they might not live up to my expectations The first story, which I reviewed as part of the Wild Passions anthology last week and is also offered free when you buy this sequel definitely opened the door to a wonderful story I loved it, but it intrigued methan anything, because t Review posted at The Armchair Reader.I had heard so many wonderful things about the original story that led to this book, and this book itself, that I was almost worried when I actually started reading them that they might not live up to my expectations The first story, which I reviewed as part of the Wild Passions anthology last week and is also offered free when you buy this sequel definitely opened the door to a wonderful story I loved it, but it intrigued methan anything, because there was so much room for growth alongside a relationship that definitely hadn t been explored to my own satisfaction Of course, it didn t take long for me to get this sequel and set out to read it I sped straight through it, barely taking breaks, and I am left with a sense of awe with this world that is so multifaceted and this story that is put together so artfully.In the prequel story, Opening Worlds , we meet Jason as a space pilot who is carrying a group of Perels home to their rather isolationist planet after a year sojourn among other cultures What Jason didn t expect was to fall in love with one of the alien race Ferran is expected to return with his wild oats firmly sown and settle into married life as a sterile male in a matriarchal society Their relationship seems doomed to failure from the start, but the possibility fortime together presents itself when Ferran and his mother convince the ruling council of Perels to open a new diplomatic position for Ferran as long as Jason agrees to marry him Jason readily agrees, but we re only left to envision their future ourselves.The real story comes later, in this sequel novel that starts at the immediate end of the first story Jason and Ferran are married and move immediately to Perelan, a planet that has hosted only a handful of humans since first contact was made The union gives Jason privileges other humans haven t known as ambassadors to Perelan society because Jason is now a Perel by marriage and accepted into their society, though many are not happy about it The population is split between those who are working towards progressive change like Ferran s family and their allies and those isolationists who are staunchly against the integration of their races Jason becomes a celebrity, both for good and bad, and finds adapting to an alien life extremely tiring and humbling The different factions only seem to escalate in their sparring when a rival Perel becomes known and lays down the gauntlet to Jason, spurring those political rivals to violent means that could upset the fragile hard won peace of their entire race.I am almost overwhelmed to review this because there s so much I could talk about This novel seems to have everything and is a huge success for this author Much of the story is anthropological The meeting of two very different races is messy in many ways, with Jason just at the center of it all The pressure he s facing is immense, and though Ferran faces similar pressures, we don t see as many of them They re separate for much of their time Ferran is preparing for his future diplomatic role to represent his race among the other worlds, while Jason is forced to show the positive influence his existence could be for the Perelan society It is a trial run, and Jason continually feels the pressure of making a perfect impression day after day, all while dealing with the very intense culture shock of integrating into an alien society and living on a planet whose very atmosphere tries to tear him apart It has the internal and external complications placed upon their relationship as well as the political maneuvering required to continue the forward progression of Perelan integration Jason has to struggle to remain an independent entity among a society where being male decreases his power and in a family that, though is the best of all alternatives, is still subjecting him to political manipulation to further their own alliances In the middle of all these other things is the intrigue, danger and ultimate violence that brings out the buried warrior in Jason, to fight for himself, Ferran and his new family.This was all pulled off remarkably well The pacing is superb and the balance of the relationship, world building, and politics is admirable The mood of Jason s point of view is nervous and wary from the beginning, and that undercurrent of discomfort and pure alienness and isolation is given in much detail A particular description stuck with me through the story Jason remarks, just after his arrival on Perelan, how the eyes of the Perels watched him out of the dark his eyes were unaccustomed to That describes his situation perfectly for much of the story He s the focus of attention that makes him uncomfortable, whether in curiosity or hostility, and the pure isolation of having no control on his surroundings is creepy like eyes staring at him out of the dark The tone blankets the story in a tense foreshadowing that made their trials seem hopeless and their accomplishments seem evenhard won I was also surprised by the direction the story took on several occasions, which kept me on my toes.I can t say muchexcept to urge all of you to read both Opening Worlds and Changing Worlds While I was a previous fan of this author, this book in particular far outshines her prior work I can only say that I wish Jason and Ferran s adventures went on forever, simply because I wouldn t be able not to read them I would also like to add that I adore the cover for this novel It perfectly represents the wonder of the planet and the fantastic setting Very well done and Absolutely Recommended


  2. says:

    I preferaction and science and less cultural exploration in my romantic sci fi A large part of this story was torturous detail and it occasionally made me want to DNF the book However, it was very well written, the atmosphere lush, the characters well developed, and the world building excellent There were a few very basic editorial issues but nothing serious Recommended to sci fi romance readers who have the patience to wade through excessive cultural details.


  3. says:

    I don t review many books mainly because as a writer I m very conscious of the fact that a review is simply one person s take on any given book, and an adverse reaction can make a huge difference to the status of that book and its author on Goodreads I prefer not to use that power But in this case I have no reservations.Recently I read a review from Goodreads that promised me good characters, plot and world building, and since they are my top criteria especially in SF novels I took a cha I don t review many books mainly because as a writer I m very conscious of the fact that a review is simply one person s take on any given book, and an adverse reaction can make a huge difference to the status of that book and its author on Goodreads I prefer not to use that power But in this case I have no reservations.Recently I read a review from Goodreads that promised me good characters, plot and world building, and since they are my top criteria especially in SF novels I took a chance on this new to me author And I am so glad I did Cari Z delivered in spades Jason is the captain of a commercial spaceship, part frieghter, part passenger ship Three Perelans are among his passengers, aliens he is not entirely comfortable having on board, for various reasons But Ferran, thereserved of the usually very outgoing Perelans intrigues him The attraction is mutual, and by the time they reach Perel, Jason and Ferran are lovers, though they know there is no future for them Perel is a closed world, reluctant to engage with the rest of the universe.Jason and Ferran part Jason resigns his commission and returns to his home on Jacksonville But he hasn t seen the last of Ferran A year later, the human ambassador to Perel comes to him with a proposition marry Ferran in the customs of Perel, and help to bring the Perelans closer to the space going community He s never forgotten Ferran, nor stopped loving him, so he agrees The plan has been cooked up by the progressive Matriarch of Ferran s extended family, and Ferran embraces it as wholeheartedly as Jason But once on Perel, the troubles begin Not all the ruling families are as forward thinking as Ferran s Jason with have to survive political power struggles as well as attempts on his life before he can hope to have anything like a normal life with Ferran.Jason and Ferran, and all the secondary characters are very well realised and engaging, and the Perelans retain their alienness throughout Perel itself, its people, politics, customs, flora and fauna, are beautifully drawn yet don t overpower or slow down the main thrust of the plot.I hope Cari Z returns to this story with a sequel or two g I ll be looking for her other books now


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    Z is a fairly new author for me I ve read one other book written by her and I really enjoyed it, so I admit I was looking forward to reading and reviewing Changing Worlds Science fiction romance isn t one of my favorite genres, but I still enjoy them I have to confess that after reading this book, not only am I sold on the author, but I ll have reevaluate my hesitation on reading the genre as well.Jason is a captain of a spaceship that carried pas Z is a fairly new author for me I ve read one other book written by her and I really enjoyed it, so I admit I was looking forward to reading and reviewing Changing Worlds Science fiction romance isn t one of my favorite genres, but I still enjoy them I have to confess that after reading this book, not only am I sold on the author, but I ll have reevaluate my hesitation on reading the genre as well.Jason is a captain of a spaceship that carried passengers around the universe to visit other planets and species A year ago, Jason and his partner broke up because one of the males aliens from the planet, Perelan, had slept with his lover The males from Perelan are known to be a very sexual people, and often like to brag about their conquest in particular with human males Since this betrayal, Jason has emotionally shut himself off from others, and has been going through the motions of life When Jason meets the very uniquely beautiful, Ferran and Ferran s two cousins, he is to take them to some surrounding planets and then back to Perelan After this vacation all three of them are to be married off to powerful females, and then will live basically in a harem with other Perelan men Since the males are primarily used for breeding, Ferran is not as valued to his race because he is sterile But since his mother is a very powerful ruler of Perelan, this still makes him important and he s still expected to marry.As soon as Ferran meets Jason he is immediately captivated by him and despite Jason s reservations about Ferran and his race, he too feels the heavy attraction between them At first, Jason does what he can to push Ferran and the attraction they feel for each other aside, but as he continues to run into him, he soon gives into it and they form a deep friendship and bond between them As the weeks go by, the two fall in love with each other, but they know their relationship is doomed Ferran must return to his duties at home, leaving Jason behind.Jason is heartbroken and returns to his home planet for some much needed solitude Several weeks later he is approached by an Ambassador offering him a deal He can marry Ferran and live with him for at least a year During this time, he will accompany Ferran with missions for Perelan s behalf Stunned and thrilled to have a chance of a life with Ferran, Jason agrees and within a week the two heroes are taken back to Perelan As soon as they arrive, there is trouble for Jason There are some Perels who do not like Jason because he is an outsider and has married Ferran Plus, he isn t able to see Ferran as much because his lover is going through much education so he will be a good diplomat for his world As the weeks and months go by, each hero is put through a lot Jason in particular, has to prove himself time and time again to some Perels, and he s still not readily accepted Jason finds himself constantly fighting for his right to stay on Perelan and to remain married to the man he loves.I really loved this book I was so enthralled by the storyline I read the book in one setting Both Jason and Ferran are well written and unique characters that I found very appealing Even the secondary characters in the book, lived and breathed off of the written page Ms Z s descriptive writing swept me away to other worlds, where I could easily visualize the characters surroundings as easily as if I were standing there with them Most importantly, I loved the emotional connection and bond between Jason and Ferran Never once did I believe they were not meant to be together, and I loved how they felt like two halves of one whole.Jason and Ferran s characters do a lot of self evolving throughout the novel Jason changes from a man who basically just existed, to a man who lived and had a purpose in life As much I like and admired, Jason, it was Ferran who intrigued me the most throughout the book He s got a heart of gold, and his sheer determination to have Jason as his partner in life, and to do what s right for his home planet made me adore him Plus, he s so sexy Whew Jason honestly never stood a chance once Ferran set his eyes on him I urge anyone who has never read a science fiction romance to give Changing Worlds a try Between the amazing storytelling ability, Cari Z, has and her loveable, well written characters, Changing Worlds has definitely earned a place on my keeper shelf My only gripe about the book was that I hated to see it come to an end Even though it did leave me with a few unanswered questions, I hope that means I ll be seeingof these wonderful characters in the future.Highly Recommended


  5. says:

    This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.Cari Z is back with her magnificent alien world and a loving relationship that surpasses cultural differences Yes, we get to read about Perelan and all its unique traits.Jason has been allowed to join his husband Ferran on his home world where the matriarchs allowed their union to happen under the promise of strengthening the relations of their race with the humans Jason is put through exhausting and pretty This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.Cari Z is back with her magnificent alien world and a loving relationship that surpasses cultural differences Yes, we get to read about Perelan and all its unique traits.Jason has been allowed to join his husband Ferran on his home world where the matriarchs allowed their union to happen under the promise of strengthening the relations of their race with the humans Jason is put through exhausting and pretty much fate deciding education and while his love for Ferran is unconditional and as strong as it was at the beginning, it s not easy to barely be able to see his new husband.Ferran is going through his own educational experience and as the couple sees less and less of each other and the conditions on the planet turn for the worse, the strain they are put through begins to show.This book is rich with world descriptions It s probably one of the most detailed m m romances I ve read But as it is too often the case, the great world building resulted in a much weaker romance than was the case in the first short story The burning passion and intense affection I read about in Opening Worlds was missing here and through the political conflicts and much needed understanding of the culture, I barely got to see even the traces of what Jason and Ferran shared.There was hardly any conflict for the bigger part of the story, so the intense ending is the only thing the reader can look forward to in that regard I did truly liked the final twists and trials, only I thought they should have started much sooner.If you decide to give Cari Z and her men a chance, you probably won t be disappointed, but be prepared for extensive descriptions and as well as xenophobia, while the romance most likely won t provide a good counteract to the inflow or other information


  6. says:

    These days, my patience is wearing thin with the M M romance or related to M M genre If the story cannot hook me quick, I just let it go Unfortunately, as much as I enjoy the short story that becomes the premise of this one, the rest of it is slow pace as Jason learns the life of a husband of an ambassador Well, it bores the heck out of me I can only make it to halfway and give up No worries, I m not rating it So feel free to make your own decision on this one Because others will probab These days, my patience is wearing thin with the M M romance or related to M M genre If the story cannot hook me quick, I just let it go Unfortunately, as much as I enjoy the short story that becomes the premise of this one, the rest of it is slow pace as Jason learns the life of a husband of an ambassador Well, it bores the heck out of me I can only make it to halfway and give up No worries, I m not rating it So feel free to make your own decision on this one Because others will probably love this better It s just not for me Not on this kind of mood I m having


  7. says:

    This story is easily said amazing in every way I m astonished how immensely well written this story truly is The writing style is realistic and rich with the emotions I could imagine it all The story was detailed and cool Ferran and Jason were great main couple Their emotion of love and devotion to each other, were an constant background reminder.


  8. says:

    Very very cool progress and with ending like you could always read new adventures I hope Cari Z will work on itI had really great time while reading it.


  9. says:

    OverallHaving enjoyed the short story that this novel expands on, I was excited to hear that Ferran and Jason s story continued And, for the benefit of people who hadn t read the first story, it s included in the beginning of the novel Two for the price of one I had already read it, but I re read it, despite everything being explained in the novel itself for those who choose to skip reading or re reading the short I was reminded how much I enjoyed the short, and with its happy ending, it OverallHaving enjoyed the short story that this novel expands on, I was excited to hear that Ferran and Jason s story continued And, for the benefit of people who hadn t read the first story, it s included in the beginning of the novel Two for the price of one I had already read it, but I re read it, despite everything being explained in the novel itself for those who choose to skip reading or re reading the short I was reminded how much I enjoyed the short, and with its happy ending, it was almost difficult to begin the novel, knowing there would be challenges in their future.But I did, and I m glad I did A majority of the story is rather calm, action wise, but it s tense in the relationship and political quandaries that arise The last few chapters are incredibly compelling, and I eagerly ate through them A great exploration of different cultures, xenophobia, and what really is the last great frontier love Oh, I mean space.ReviewI m going to lead with what is probably the two weakest points of the novel, and they are pretty flimsy weak points One, if you just re read the short story which comes before the novel, then all the descriptive bits regarding the short story and explaining what happened seem unnecessary Very minor and barely worth mentioning.The second is that I saw some very minor plot holes, that weren t really holes but thin sections of the fabric Some actions, while they had a good reason behind it, didn t make sense later However, those actions weren t the main focus of the end plot, so it didn t detract from the story, but did create a slight Wait what moment for me as I read.That being said, I really enjoyed this novel The characters were well fleshed out and came in a variety of flavors, from the stoic Penelope to the goofy doctor, to the main characters, who struggle with their differences about how life should be While the reader will undoubtedly befamiliar with Jason s perspective and traditions, it was nice to see he wasn t always in the right in their struggle of differences, and most times they found a middle ground between them Regardless if you agree with the culture Jason has to adjust to, I appreciated the sense of balance, that he had to respect their traditions, but they also had to understand that things can change It was very positive, and also the greatest points of conflict throughout the plot Changing Worlds explores multiple facets of facing a new and different culture, such as language barriers although technology does make that easier , cultural differences, xenophobia, and the general environmental differences For me, this story did all those things right, creating an environment both socially and physically that wasn t deadly, but wasn t all that healthy for Jason either This plays a part multiple times in the story as Jason has to survive the politics and environment and be given what little concessions the Council of Matriarchs will allow for him to be an equal.The progress of all the characters was interesting, not just the main two There are side characters that grow, or that Jason s relationship grows with, adding a compelling element to the story telling, since the reader doesn t just care about the leading men, but a large extended family.However, even though we care about them, the focus never gets deterred from the primary story, and in the end the threads all pull together nicely.I d recommend this to all readers sci fi fans or not Requested this book for review.Be sure to check out my other reviews on my blog


  10. says:

    In this sequel to Opening Worlds, we continue following Jason Kim as he goes to live on Perelan with his new husband Ferran Jason will have to face culture shock, homesickness, misunderstandings and political intrigue as he struggles to reconcile the things he believes in and his feelings for Ferran with strange alien traditions and a people divided as to whether they want him there at all.Changing Worlds builds on the strong relationship of Jason and Ferran while introducing conflicts and exte In this sequel to Opening Worlds, we continue following Jason Kim as he goes to live on Perelan with his new husband Ferran Jason will have to face culture shock, homesickness, misunderstandings and political intrigue as he struggles to reconcile the things he believes in and his feelings for Ferran with strange alien traditions and a people divided as to whether they want him there at all.Changing Worlds builds on the strong relationship of Jason and Ferran while introducing conflicts and external pressures that test the strength of their bond and even their very lives Even though Ferran s family is very accepting of Jason, other houses are not and he has to struggle with a language barrier and an isolationist society that is leery of outsiders Jason and Ferran show their inner strength as they face these trials, proving their love over and over again I really felt that I was reading about the best of marriages as the two prop each other up and care for each other s safety and well being They have misunderstandings too, like any married couple, yet they communicate like adults and settle their problems.Changing Worlds struck me on a personal level as well As an ex pat, I have had to deal with feelings of homesickness and adapting to a different culture The way Jason s feelings are portrayed in Changing Worlds is one hundred percent accurate I actually felt tears roll down my face as Jason grew frustrated and yearned for the simple trappings of home in one scene Yet, like my real life, the love he left his home for is worthto him than anything and his determination to see it through for Ferran means he earns every drop of love that comes his way The best relationships, real and fictional, are earned through struggle and personal growth, sacrifice and shared experience and I really felt that between Ferran and Jason.Cari Z has also created an incredibly rich world with Perelan Everything from the acid humidity of the air to the rituals of the culture are shown to the reader in vivid detail, bringing Perelan and its people to life Sometimes these details are unflinching and somewhat disconcerting, but that only adds to the richness of the story The supporting characters are strong as well, the twins as well as Matriarch Grenn and Giselle in particular, though I found Penelope s backstory intriguing as well The internal politics of Perelan feel real and believable, the kind of schemes and machinations that would happen in a society like this struggling to define itself and the direction it wants to take in a larger universe This novel is ripe for a sequel as well I would love to go back to Perelan or even just visit Jason and Ferran out in the universe someday I hope Cari Z considers it as I really love the universe she has created here and recommend it to everyone.Review cross posted to Infinite Love


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