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The writing itself is extremely well done. Things were clear, well written/edited, and solidly thought out. It was a perfect blend of romance, SF, and drama. In reading the other reviews(and I am a big review stalker) I was leary at first then flumoxed at reading about some of the lower rated reviews. I thought Rachel acted as anyone would, in fact, she was the typical 'Everywoman'; she acted as any one of us would, I believe. Fear and uncertainty over a long period of time mess with a persons head, and though some people thought that she became a slave after arriving on the 'mothership' couldn't be wrong. Eiteshem summoed it up beautifully when he called her his 'lover by choice but property by necessity'. Rachel was his Rose Red and he was her Bear Prince. As frustrating as it was to watch her work through her insecurities and confussion after arriving and meeting Eitishem again it had to be done, and she didn't take forever to do it. I especially loved how he too transformed from a cold and calculating killer to one of deep emotions and feelings (with her). Very beautiful to watch.
I also didn't understand one reviewers comment about profanity....what? I saw the f-word maybe two times.....It would have been a lot more if I would have been speaking Rachel's lines, but MEP used other methods to show anger and frustration.
This is part one of three, and I am DROOLING in anticipation. Get a crack on things, Sister, and get that Part II out! Oh, as an aside- for those who find the alien language difficult or confussing at the back of the book are a couple of glossarys (didn't find those til lthe end), but the author does make her intentions clear, but for more clarity don't be afraid to use the glossaries.
Congratulations on a job extremely well done, Ms. Pierce, and thank you so much for all your hard work and talent.
In a nut shell, an alien race that was being picked on by another alien race has come to earth and picked on us in order to survive. To crack that nut a little bit, the earth has been divided into colonies. One colony, Suffer, is a very religious colony with a twisted leader and faithful followers. All except Rachel Pryne and her daughter Pearl. Following in her mother's footsteps, Rachel works as a medic in this small community. When Pearl turns 8 years old she will be taken from Rachel to train for marriage and breeding. This is not something Rachel wants for Pearl whose birthday is a few short weeks away. An unlikely patient who arrives on her doorstep, one of the aliens, offers Rachel a way to save her daughter ... if Rachel can find to way to Haven, and trust.
The story was very well told and compelled me to read. I finished it in two days. I enjoyed the characters very much. You loved who you should love, and hated who you should have hated. There were even a few surprises here and there. Monica Enderle Pierce does an excellent job of subtle world building and race creation in her story. She didn't do the one thing I worry about with Sci-Fi stories ... she didn't dive off the cliff into that ever eye-rolling realm of unbelievable stupid. Most people know that realm and many authors unfortunately fall right into it. I was very pleased to find that this author did not. Yay Monica!! A good, well told story!
The reason for only 4 stars is that there was simply a lot of open questions while I was reading. The author is creating such a rich environment that I felt this story needed a Prologue and would have welcomed one. I kept asking myself while reading:
*How were the colonies formed?
*Why was Suffer such a religious colony?
*What made Suffer "revert back in time"? (I felt Like they were stuck in the 1920's.)
*Why did the Ohnenrai choose Earth? Why did they really destroy it?
*What exactly happened to Rachel's parents?
*What lead the Onenrai and Rachel's parent's to work together?
*What exactly was the deal with Cyrus and Rachel, the rape, and Rachel's trauma?
The two main characters I enjoyed very much. I loved the way that the author penned Ehtishem Zain and his internal conflict between his people and his compassion for Rachel. I found the story most compelling until Rachel reached her destination, say about 50% of the book? Once Pearl was put into danger and taken from Rachel I feel she became a selfish, spoiled brat (Rachel that is, not Pearl). I didn't like her as much towards the end. She was almost a different character, almost too vunerable compared to how she was in the beginning. I am hoping we see the Rachel Pryne from the beginning of the story a little more in the second book ... the strong, stubborn woman.
I would have also liked to have had a much more detailed (mental) view of the Ohnenrai race. I found I had a very hard time picturing one in my head. I would have liked if the author created a little bit more visualization with the Ohnenrai race, as well as more history to their destroyed world (before it was destroyed) and race.
Over all, if you like Sci-Fi you are going to like this book. I would lop it into the Sci-Fi/Dystopia/Romance/Mystery category. A very good read!! **Those who are easily offended by views of God other than your own will be offended. If you can keep an open mind, you might still enjoy it.** I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series!