Published: 3rd April 2015
Publisher: Self Published initially; Berkley have recently released a print version.
Pages: 188 (ebook; self published); 317 (print; Berkley)
Format: Ebook (Kindle Unlimited)
RRP: $4.02 AUD (ebook); $21.75 AUD (print)
You’d think being abducted by aliens would be the worst thing that could happen to me. And you’d be wrong. Because now, the aliens are having ship trouble, and they’ve left their cargo of human women – including me – on an ice planet.
And the only native inhabitant I’ve met? He’s big, horned, blue, and really, really has a thing for me…
So let me start by saying, this series is NOT going to be for everyone. I used to think I was in the former category myself, but as 2021 went on and more and more bloggers and booktubers that I followed devoured the series, I was vaguely intrigued. Then a friend recommended it in December. Flash forward to the end of January, I’m in isolation, locked down and in between books … the series is on KU, so I decided why not give it ago. A couple of hours later, I’d finished book one and was downloading book two … and the rest they say is history.
So apart from the blue alien elephant in the room, I was unsure of this series, to begin with, because it’s science fiction. I’m not really a sci-fi reader, on average picking up a sci-fi book maybe once every two years or so. It’s just not something I’ve often been drawn to. If you are like me, and wary, I recommend downloading a sample of the book, putting any prejudices aside for the moment and giving it a go because I think you will find yourself pleasantly surprised.
Ruby Dixon is without a doubt a natural-born storyteller. Her writing is easily accessible, humourous and so entertaining that it’s easy to find yourself quickly caught up in the characters and the strange world of the planet Not-Hoth. Her world-building is effortless, allowing the ready to see the world through our reluctant leader and main protagonist Georgie’s eyes. There is no excessive info-dumping, and the language barrier between the humans and the Sa-Khui aliens is cleverly dealt with.
The characters themselves could have been fleshed out a little bit more, but they each have their own distinct personalities and voices, that it didn’t bother me too much. Georgie was a feisty, reluctant human leader who took everything in her stride. Although traumatised from her initial introduction to alien races upon her abduction onboard the spaceship, she warms up to her big blue attentive alien quickly, especially when he greets her with oral and orgasms. Vektal on the other hand is a possessive lover, who knows Georgie to be his life-long mate the second he lays eyes on her. He will do anything and everything in his power to not only keep Georgie safe but happy. Together the pair enter a survivalist style race against the clock to not only save Georgie but her fellow human captives from the icy planet and its unforgiving climate, prowling natives and the return of the initial alien captors.
Is the story believable? Hell no. But to be honest, that didn’t bother me in the slightest when reading Ice Planet Barbarians. The narrative itself reads super fast, while still being a highly entertaining escapism read. It’s a spicy/smutty read, so be warned if that’s not your thing, then maybe give this one a miss.