Elemental Conflict: Independence: the price of survival
The Cortii are mercenaries, for hire to anyone who can afford their services. Every government uses them; no single government can destroy them.
After a decade in the Cortii, her independence is one of the few things mercenary commander Khyria Ilan still values, but when she finds herself caught in the coils of an alien prophecy, independence is only one of the stakes in the game.Confronting the powerful mental adepts of the Elemental Order is a risk. Unfortunately, they're the only ones with answers—and the only ones who may be able to give Khyria back control of her own mind.
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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
I liked Elemental Conflict: Independence by J.C. Steel. I like stories about war and warriors. I also like stories about mental powers. Some believe that the potential for these powers is real, that they are the next step in human evolution and we are going to have to learn to deal with them. J.C. Steel has created a novel that explores some of the problems and possibilities these problems represent. Elemental Conflict: Independence is a story about two people caught in an involuntary mental bond. They are not enemies, in fact they are comrades, yet the bond is not one they chose but are trying to deal with and master. The tension is real, as is the possibility for disaster. The universe or future shown in this novel is fascinating. The portrait of politics and religion shown is one of the best parts of the novel and displays how these two important segments of society may grow and change as man evolves.
I liked Khyria and Anst an Nabat. There are a lot of interesting characters in Elemental Conflict: Independence, but these two characters made this future world human and interesting to me. Mental powers and involuntary meld aside, they are, at their most basic, a man and a woman. Two warriors trying to make this situation work. First, they need to survive, then they must win. The plot is great. The setting is well drawn, and this future is painted beautifully. All the elements of a successful novel are present in Elemental Conflict: Independence and J.C. Steel puts them together like a master.
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Cortii commander Khyria Ilan is looking forward to six months of leave, but it is not going to be a chance to rest. In Elemental Conflict: Independence (The Cortii series Book 4) by JC Steel, Khyria is drawn back to her last planetary assignment where the Elemental Priestess of Water placed a bind on Khyria to study and understand her powers. Unfortunately, whatever the Priestess had done to Khyria in Book 3 boosted some of her elemental abilities which rubbed off on Anst, the Cortii’s fifth in command, so that they have begun to share a link opening their abilities and emotions to one another.
Khyria signs out a ship and, with Anst, returns to the planet to find the Elemental Order and get to the bottom of what was done to her. She and Anst are quickly taken prisoner, in spite of their combined abilities, and subjected to torturous testing which nearly brings them to insanity. Anst is forced to accept the bind that has troubled Khyria and the question is whether they will survive the final test or ever be able to return to the Cortiian base.
Great story, with a smooth transition from the previous story. JC Steel has continued her series with a simple flow; that being said, this is not a book to pick up without reading the previous volumes. Elemental Conflict: Independence is certainly well written and full of action, excitement and emotion, but an understanding of the characters and their personalities and issues provides much greater enjoyment of the story. All the books in the series are well worth the read and capping them off with Elemental Conflict: Independence will make you want to read the rest to come! Great job and I can't wait for what comes next.