ARC Review: "Taken by the Pikosa Warlord" (Xiveri Mates #7) by Elizabeth Stephens

Taken by the Pikosa Warlord by Elizabeth Stephens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

I’m wrenched from a five thousand year sleep into a new world. It was supposed to be uninhabited. Humans were supposed to have died off. Those of us preserved in the stasis tanks were supposed to rebuild.

But there were survivors.

And now those survivors have formed factions. The leading tribes enslave those weaker and language keeps them apart.

Funny, because in my past life I was the interpreter and I intend to bridge the gaps so that when we escape, we do it together. But I have to get past the warlord watching me first.


Communication between tribes is unheard of. Forbidden. A death sentence. I should kill the little slave that dares defy this edict.

But the signs suggest something unthinkable. That this little creature is mine.

I need to find a way to get rid of her before she dismantles everything, escapes, liberates slaves, brings warring tribes to my doorstep…but to do that, I’ll have rid myself of this weight she hung around my throat like the loop end of a noose.

Want. She makes me want her.

Taken by the Pikosa Warlord is a full length (100k word) barbarian warlord romance that takes place on the war and climate-ravaged Earth that the satellite humans now living in Voraxia and Sasor left behind. It is a complete standalone with a smart tenacious heroine, the violent warlord unsure what to do with her and a happily ever after




I received an e-ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

In this next installment of the series, we go back to Earth. After 6 books of alien worlds, amazing cultural settings, and unique aliens, we go back to where it all began, where the planet is ravaged by climate destruction (which seems all too real) and the few humans that had survived evolved thousands of years later into tribes which do not speak to each other and hostility rules survival.

Halima awakens from her sleep as part of a project whose purpose was similar to that of Noa's Ark and finds herself among her other fellow colonists-survivors, as slaves to Ero's tribe. He is the leader of it and rules with an iron fist.

But Halima is an interpreter and knows many languages which strangely lead her and Ero into finding a way to communicate with one another. The language which was the barrier becomes the means for all tribes hopefully to learn of each other and leave behind any hostilities among them.
I loved the unique and alien environment Halima discovered. The 'crocs', the sun diseases the mining, and water needs all created a harsh world and even harsher people.

It took some time for me to warm up to Ero but as he discovers that Halima is far more precious than being a slave he will also realize his feelings for her. I would love to see more of Earth on the next books too and hopefully, there may be a time when all the other humans from the previous books may come back to Earth. Hopefully.

And don't forget to read the rest books of this amazing series!

About the author:

Tough heroines & possessive Alphas solve mysteries, fight epic battles, and fall in love in Elizabeth's diverse romance & SciFi novels.

Elizabeth Stephens has been living in a fantasy world since she was 11, and in 2015 finally translated her imagination to print! An author of romantic suspense and science fiction, she is a big fan of inclusion and her books always include kick ass ladies of color.

When she isn't found writing, you'll also see her getting her hands dirty by throwing pottery, or working as a communications consultant for privacy and human rights organizations. With origins in Seattle, Atlanta, and Bamako, she currently lives in Berlin with her loving husband and doggo, King Louis.

​To find out more about her projects and upcoming releases visit her website at

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