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Timeshadow Rider Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1997
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However, for those of you who might be confused, to simplify, the author depicts a universe where men and women are born with soulmates who, if they are luck enought, will find each other through endless lifetimes. the world Sharia and Kane came from has a millions of years old civilization. the people have either 4, 5, or 6 fingers on each hand. One of its taboo is that those with the same # of fingers are forbidden to touch. More importantly, their culture forbid those who are soulmates to touch or mate and exiles the male counterparts offworld. The reason for this taboo is a prophesy that one day, there will be a pair of soulmates who, if they touch, will destroy the universe with the unleshing of their combined power. You can figure out who the couple is...
If morality is an issue for you, the couple aren't legally/technically married at the time, but it's not earth and they aren't human and it would seem they were created by Whatever (not addressed in the book) to be life-partners to the point they *can't* not be together and survive (which kinda trumps marriage as handled today in the real world).
The storyline starts with a bang and runs through a snapshot of the main characters' lives and then ends in mystery. It feels like there were supposed to be more books coming that never took off. Basically it's a "world gone to poop because idiotic "human" (they aren't human) Tradition/Superstition/Fear/Bigotry unbalances natural order" story...with sci fi. Don't get me wrong, it's a *good* story...but it starts and ends in the middle of some developed world with no preamble, and a lot of folks don't like that type of thing (think Star Wars without any of the text at the beginning of the films).
This is a book that will leave you thoroughly satisfied the first time you read it and increase in depth each successive read-through. Everytime I read it I find some new little nuance that I missed the first time and makes the book even better. That's incredible considering how much I enjoyed it the first time I read it. There's another reviewer that got it exactly right, this is a book that will leave you with the feeling that all is right with the world.
Last bit of advice, some of the names look to be tongue twisters pick your preferrence for pronunciation and keep reading. If you allow yourself to get hung up on how to pronounce Za'arain or kiriy you're going to miss the point of the story