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Madas’s Unexpected Gift: A Lords of Kassis Novella

Can a small reptile from another world save the princess he has adopted? 

L’eon, a Chameleon Lightning Lizard, awakens to find that his planet was destroyed by an unidentified force. Trapped in an iron-ore prison hurtling through space, he is lost and alone until an unfamiliar planet’s gravitational pull draws him to its surface - and he is freed by an enchanting alien who he quickly adopts. 

When a meteorite falls from the sky, Princess Madas Tralang rushes to claim the prized and potentially valuable space rock for herself. She is startled to discover an unusual creature huddled inside. Touched by the creature’s soulful eyes and unique features, she vows to protect the extraordinary reptile. 

Madas is unaware that she has befriended one of the most ferocious and feared species in the known galaxies. After all, who would ever believe that something so cute could be so deadly? Perhaps, someone should have warned Madas’s unwelcome suitor about L’eon before he decided to try and claim her!

Madas’s Falling Star

Prince Gril Tal Mod is destined to be the next Supreme Leader of the Tearnats - if he survives long enough to ascend to the throne. 

Gril was supposed to be on a routine training exercise, but his flight goes horribly wrong when engine trouble forces him to land his fighter in a remote mountainous region. Once stranded on the ground, Gril discovers the malfunction was no accident - and he isn’t alone. He can sense someone watching him from the shadows. 

Princess Madas Tralang’s curiosity always seems to get her into trouble. When Madas spies an unusual object streaking across the sky before crashing near her location, she believes it is a good omen. After all, she found her pet, L’eon, the last time an object fell from the sky.

Her hopes of finding something valuable are dashed when instead she sees a big, and rather ugly, Tearnat warrior. Though there is something about him…something magnetic, it’s his spaceship that she really wants. It is just what she has been searching for - a means to escape the dreary life expected of her!

The giant warrior pilot of the spaceship isn’t going to give it up easily, however, and Madas soon finds herself locked in a battle of wits and skill with the strange warrior, but they are not the only players on the field. Danger surrounds Madas and Gril - both from Madas’s clan and from the saboteur who is determined to see Gril dead. Can the Prince of the Tearnats and a small, but deadly alien pet, defeat their foes and save Madas before time runs out, or will Gril’s growing love for a curious Princess doom them both?

Note: events of Unexpected Gift happen just before events in Falling Star.

©2020 Susan E. Smith (P)2020 Susan E. Smith

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Bravo!

Prince Gril Tal Mod  introduced in the first Lord's of Kassis book. He is a strong good kind but firm leader and that was clear from the start. We "met" his vivacious, strong but sweet and impish mate Madras in the same book. clearly those two had love, respect, and that certain something that connection two beings that is beautiful to witness. to experience their beginning and get to know these aliens that are physically not like humans but have the same spirit is a testiment of how talented the writer is. connecting with these two AND especially L'eon made another day of quarantine as if I went on mini holiday.
if you like or love this series. this book is worth it.

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  • 10-05-20

Great Story

This was an enjoyable story. The prince was such a sweetheart and Madas was not to over the top. Interesting story line that kept me listening well past my bedtime. Narrator was excellent. Now on to another S.E. Smith series!

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  • 10-15-20

Loved having these is audible.

Loved having these is audible. Mada’s has been a favourite of mine since book one of this series.
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Having been lucky enough to read both of these before, I loved having Ms Smith put them together in their own book.
MADAS’S UNEXPECTED GIFT
The short sweet story featuring L’eon I have read and loved before. Nice to have it here.
Madas follows a meteorite as it falls. Inside, she finds a sweet little lizard that she befriends, not knowing the special powers and characteristics of the species,
I love how L’eon decides Madas is his pet.
MADAS’S FALLING STAR was first in PETS IN SPACE 4.
We were given a short tease about these two in Star’s Storm. Loved, loved, loved getting the full love story of Madas and Gril, who were favourite characters of mine in the LORDS OF KASSIS series.
Madas is one hell of a strong character and a warrior woman. The way she bested Gril more than once and took him on a wild goose chase was entertaining.
Gril finds himself on a part of his homeworld he has never visited, the forests. He is so out of his depth but I loved how sweet he was to Madas.
L’eon is his amazing self and it was nice that Madas has one good brother that leaves with her.
I really wanted to know what punishment is metered out to Madas’ lying mother Tima and that excuse for a brother Geroff. Whatever they get would never be enough.
The ending 30 years in the future when they are on Kassis was perfect.