Valbore: Tasks of the Nakairi by K. E. Young


I don’t usually do this but any attempt on my part to summarize this book would give too much away so I am including the book summary from Amazon.

The Goddess brought Sara to an alien world for a special ‘Task’, but how can a profoundly damaged programmer destroy a demon?
Millennia ago, the Goddess’s universe was destroyed in a war between gods. Her children found refuge in havens offered by thirteen of her brothers and sisters. Now, the Goddess brings Nakairi – ‘foreigners’ – from one haven to another to fulfill Tasks only they can do. Tasks that the Goddess finds essential.  Sara is a crippled programmer, victim of horrific assault and broken by her experiences. Now, she walks in fear through the halls of an alien palace beset with intrigue. Her only defenders, the dragonlords, are predators who terrify her, but they’re better than the rest of the palace denizens. When events force the dragonlords to leave, she is left unprotected and she finds how very bad it can get. Hurt to her very soul, she must find the strength to be the hero that being a Nakairu implies, for in her lowest hour, she finds her Task, and it is worse than she ever imagined. Not all hope is lost though. Broken or not, if there’s anything Sara knows, it is how to endure. It must be enough. The Goddess chose her for this Task and no one else can do it.

My review of the book is as follows.  Young has written an intriguing story about a girl so abused that she can survive anything.  She has amazing inner strength and ability to survive unlike any other. There is some theology in the concept of good versus evil, in terms of why we are each created and what can be expected of us.  The book will make you think about abuse, survival, what God brings into our lives and what we choose to do with it. A compelling read for sure.

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