- File Size: 1067 KB
- Print Length: 524 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 10, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006GQSZVS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,119 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Family Law (Family Law series book 1) Kindle Edition
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Nope. This is an altogether more elemental kind of law than that -- although it does feature a rather hard brush with the family law system of a future California. This is a well-crafted story of what happens when a culture to whom laws and treaties are for the most part fictions of convenience to be applied, or not, as befits its goals finds itself in conflict with a culture that makes very few laws and treaties, but honors those that it makes fully and absolutely -- and expects any other culture that enters into treaty with it to do the same. More specifically, it's the story of what happens when that expectation turns out to be false.
You need to think very carefully before you casually violate a law or a treaty with a race that is so very, very punctilious about following its laws and treaties to the letter. Because they're usually very, very good at enforcing them, too.
Family Law is told from the point of view mostly of two characters -- a teenage protagonist whose life is dramatically changed by a discovery and a vital miscalculation, and her Kodiak-sized appointed guardian. You'll probably come to like both of them, as well as many other characters, including one of the most likable lawyers I've yet encountered in fiction, and one very courageously ethical diplomatic aide.
One wonders whether Derfhome allows immigration...
I did not describe the mood the book conveys. It's about family - and I challenge anyone to tell me their family life isn't at times Hopeful, Dark, Nostalgic, Light-hearted, Suspenseful and Thoughtful.
Enough of the prefatory junk. If you are looking for a good read - one that will keep you flipping pages. And at 500+ pages it is a decent length. The characters are unique and disparate, their interactions are exactly what you'd expect in a loving and caring family, with humor, teasing, thoughtful instruction (in both directions) and always an abiding affection. Especially sine the main characters are of entirely different species!
So, if having a 750+ six-limbed carnivore with scimitars for claws adopting a 13 year old human girl abuses your sensibilities, prepare to have your assumptions demolished.
It's a very good read, I fully recommend it regardless of age (some slight language, but it fits the scene) and I am getting ready to purchase the next in the series.
Family Law begins with a tragedy that leaves a young girl in the care of the only other adult she has even known. Only he isn't her species. Gordon, the huge Derf, who looks more like a grizzly bear than anything human, is now left in charge of the preternaturally smart Lee, a girl who has never lived in a human culture. She's ship born and bred. But by her parent's request, Gordon adopts Lee as his own daughter.
Then the real fun begins… in space and on Earth, Gordon and Lee must work together to keep their family whole, and they have the resources to do it, from the habitable world they can claim, which took the lives of her parents. Loonie society on the Moon's surface (and below) accepts them, but once on Earth's surface, it's a different story, and a family court makes a hasty decision that precipitates war between the USNA and the Derf.