To Kill an Eidolon Kindle Edition
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Since it's so unusual for me to get caught up with novels of any type (I generally read in the nonfiction end of the spectrum), I am trying to figure out what it is about this author that has me hooked. Certainly the sheer imagination of her stories has something to do with it (HOW do you dream up a creature like an eidolon? Even better -- how do you go about describing how something that is invisible LOOKS? It's a marvel!) Also, there's the fact that you can't really pin the stories down to a particular genre. They have elements of Romance, Mystery, Fantasy, Action/Adventure (so if you like ANY of those, dive in!), but they are really in a class of their own. What I like best about them is that they are full of fascinating, intertwining ideas. The author clearly has one of those intrepid minds that delve into all kinds of disciplines, subjects, and spheres -- and it makes her stories so much richer!
I'm impatiently waiting for the next one...
Susan Danville, the heroine of the book, knows none of this when she shows up in Chicago to start her post- doctoral research in biomedicine, relating Feline Leukemia Virus to AIDS. The university's research is a cover for a society of Eidolon hunters, including David, the postdoctoral student who insists their relationship remain purely non-physical. When Susan becomes friends with Joe, a hunk who is more than willing to provide a physical relationship, David's reaction borders on irrational jealousy. He's trying to protect Susan, since the society will kill her rather than allow her to become pregnant and create a new Eidolon. But he's sworn to secrecy, and his lame excuses only drive Susan into Joe's arms.
This exciting and enthralling story had a flawless and well-reasoned premise, complete with all of the natural correlations, without ever invalidating what we believe to be true about the world we live in. The characters were engaging and easy to care about, even the host of unpleasant society leaders. Since the reader knew what was truly at stake long before the characters, seemingly ordinary actions became filled with suspense. Yet the heart of this book was the love story, as Susan had to choose between David and Joe.
-- Reviewed for the Science Fiction Romance newsletter
The story starts quietly and builds to a fantastic climax. The characters are all well-defined and believeable. The tension they are all under increases steadily from chapter to chapter. The characters are all stressed for different reasons, and all have individual reactions to that stress. The anguish of the character David is especially well depicted.
The ending is very exciting. I'd love to tell you about it, but it would give away too much. All I can say is that it is a wonderful verbal description of what would be a wild special effect in a movie.
This book would make a great movie, with strong characters and great effects. In the meantime, I can't wait for the sequel.