Series Report: Xiveri Mates #1-4 by Elizabeth Stephens

Posted April 28, 2022 by Angie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

I am forever on a quest for my next favorite long alien romance series, so naturally I gravitated toward Xiveri Mates when it popped up in my KU recommendations. I read the first four books, and I think that’ll be it for me. It’s not a bad series, but the few books I’ve read so far have been very up and down. It’s also much darker than I was expecting, which is fine, but at times it kind of felt like it was trying to be edgy rather than authentic.

What I liked best about the Xiveri Mates books that I did read was the world building. There is a lot of detailed and expansive world building as you work through the series. There are many planets and multiple alien species who all interact on some level. Some associations are positive, some are negative. They all have their own customs and religions which play a large part in each book as “culture clash” and misunderstandings are main drivers in the plots.

Of course, the humans are having a rough time of it in this world. At least until they find their alien mate who essentially “saves” them. My main issue with the series, which is the main contributor to the dark tone, was that we’re introduced to the aliens and the humans during a…hunt. Basically the alien males visit the human colony and “hunt” the women. When they catch them, they…well, they rape them. That is not a fun way to get into a series. It’s used as a plot device to have the first heroine teach her mate how the hunt is problematic. It’s just…weird?

Xiveri Mates is an interesting series and it’s obvious that the author put a lot of thought and work into creating this world. I just didn’t connect with any of the characters or plot points. Maybe I’ll resume it in the future, but for now, it’s on the backburner.

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Series Report: Xiveri Mates #1-4 by Elizabeth StephensTaken to Voraxia (Xiveri Mates #1) by Elizabeth Stephens
Published by Self Published on April 8, 2020
Genres: Adult Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction
Format: eBook (358 pages)
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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Miari
Here's what I know: aliens invade our colony every three years, hunt and claim the most beautiful of our women, then leave. Here's what I don't know: why the king of them is here this time, and why his black, glittering eyes are trained on me.

A hybrid with red alien skin and brown human eyes, I'm not pretty. I've got no family and no plans to ever have one – least of all with this monster of a male. I'm an inventor, a mechanic, a tinkerer. The alien king wants me for reasons I can only guess at, but I'm not about to be taken for a slave and his response to me is something I know I can engineer my way out of.

He plans to come back for me when I'm of age, but he'll have to find me first. Our little colony is a scary, desperate place and I'm less afraid to face it, than to face him or the strange, alien sensations he stirs...

Raku
She is my Xiveri mate, yet she runs from me – straight into the horrors of her small, savage moon colony. Slaughtering in her defense is easy, while gaining her trust will be the true challenge.

She fears my kind and the horrors my treacherous general has inflicted on her humans. Does she not know that it is my blood rite to keep her safe against him and his even more dangerous off-world allies? No, she thinks herself my slave and in place of acceptance, offers me only pacts and bargains. Shamed by her pacts, I still take them all gluttonously, because though she knows only hate, I know only need.

Eventually, we will need more than just these pacts between us if I am to convince her that she is my Xiveri mate and if she is to take her place at my side, not as my slave, but as Voraxia's queen.

three-stars

Series Report: Xiveri Mates #1-4 by Elizabeth StephensTaken to Nobu (Xiveri Mates #2) by Elizabeth Stephens
Published by Self Published on June 16, 2020
Genres: Adult Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction
Format: eBook (313 pages)
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Kiki
There's no way I'm letting this alien who calls me his Xiveri mate claim me as his. He may say the right things and stir emotions in me I never expected to feel again for any male, but his kind has already taken too much from me as is.

Trapped now on his harsh, snow-consumed planet waiting to be hunted, with no way of escape, I'll do the only thing I can. The one thing I've been training for since the aliens first came to the human moon colony to hurt us. I'll fight.

But when our enemies become one, will I be able to leave my prejudices behind and fight, not against, but alongside him?

Va'Raku
She hates me, my human mate, but she honors me all the same. Nobu has never seen a queen before who is able to wield sword and staff, fist and tongue. A warrior queen, and mine to claim in the ceremony of the Mountain Run.

But when she fights me, it is not out of honor. She fights out of fear. She has been hurt before and views me as she does him. As a monster. Perhaps I am, because the one who harmed her will suffer torture upon torture at my hands.

I will need to catch him first and unfortunately, he has plans of his own and allies off-world. My queen and I will need to fight together to bring him to his knees and bury him once and for all... Trust, first, is what I need from her.

three-stars

Series Report: Xiveri Mates #1-4 by Elizabeth StephensTaken to Sasor (Xiveri Mates #3) by Elizabeth Stephens
Published by Self Published on August 28, 2020
Genres: Adult Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction
Format: eBook (410 pages)
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Mian
Don't run. Don't fight. Just hide. That's all we can do against the Sasor barbarian horde – huge megalithic aliens, born to fight, who can shape shift at will into monsters. We're only human, and me, just a slave among them.

Getting caught is not part of the plan, but when they raid our village, I do the only thing I can think of to spare the whole. I offer myself up to their leader. Infuriating, and strangely funny, I have a lot to learn – his languages and customs, the roles I'm meant to fulfill in his tribe, and how to keep him at arm's length when he's seemingly everywhere, blocking any chances I have to find a mate and keeping me at his side.

Neheyuu
She's funny, this human. A fast learner, already adapting to our language with ease. She's forgiving. Quick to smile, it's easy to smile back. Too easy. She's slipping under my skin, infecting me and my manerak.

The monster that I can become seems more ready to do her will than my own. Like she's controlling it. I should let her go. I should let her find a mate. I should let the tribes that come for her, take her...

My manerak says no. Its defiance is something I've never felt before and I will need to find a way to deny them both – but how can I when my manerak wants her close?

two-stars

Series Report: Xiveri Mates #1-4 by Elizabeth StephensTaken to Heimo (Xiveri Mates #4) by Elizabeth Stephens
Published by Self Published on January 7, 2021
Genres: Adult Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction
Format: eBook (278 pages)
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Svera
There are a few things my Tri-God did not prepare me for.

The first – Niahhorru pirates. They want the coordinates to an unprotected human satellite and I have them.

The confusing – The human Council's secrets that I've uncovered and may get me killed.

The most sinful – The pressure in my stomach... well, lower than my stomach... that draws me to the male who hates me most in this universe.

Krisxox
There is nothing that my warrior training did not prepare me for. Even though my body desires to bond to hers, I'll fight until I break it. She's a disgusting human, filthy and impure. A worshipper of a fickle human god and worst of all, she's not Drakesh.

Nox, that isn't the worst.

Worse, is that she's got space pirates, traitors, and other enemies chasing her. Worst, is that I won't let them touch her because she's my Xiv – nox! I'll fight. But fighting is harder when I don't really want to win...

three-stars

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