Author: Lyn Gala
Publisher: Loose Id
Rating: 4.5 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: A desire for status has brought Ondry and Liam to a human world to trade, but dealing with humans has brought up all the old pain in Liam’s heart. Even though Ondry would do anything to protect his beloved palteia, he doesn’t know how to protect Liam from himself. Worse, Ondry isn’t sure how to shield Liam from the shifting politics on the Rownt ship where the Calti Grandmothers are nothing like the ones they left behind on the planet.
With everything in their lives changing, Ondry and Liam have only each other. If Ondry can’t find a way to defend Liam from the ghosts of the past and overcome the impossibly short life span of a human, their small family might be over long before either of them is ready to let go. Ondry has always been a dominant and possessive Rownt, and with Liam in danger, those traits are necessary as he challenges the world to protect his lover.
Review: Liam and Ondry are a bit off balance. Life is different on a Rownt ship. The Grandmothers are different. It’s understandable they don’t immediately confer upon Ondry tuk status, but Ondry can’t figure out what they want. Ondry finds himself questioning his actions in regards to Liam. He’s not happy about it. Liam finds himself questioning his own choices. Liam never realized his life choices would have major interstellar political ramifications. It’s a big shock for someone with self-esteem issues like Liam has. Ondry is faced with his own inexperience and youth. He sees he’s blundered into a status he never truly understood. Liam and Ondry are at the epicenter of a potential disaster.
This has been my favorite book in this series. Whereas the whole series has been about people falling in love in spite of, or with the help of, extreme cultural differences we now see how those very differences can cause major problems. It’s not even so much that Human and Rownt cultures were different, it’s that the Humans and the Rownt looked at each other through the lenses of their own cultures. Culture wars can have extremely deadly consequences. Neither culture was presented as “right.” Because Liam has thrived living with the Rownt doesn’t mean other humans would, and Diallo is proof of that.
Liam has grown emotionally through the whole series, but his growth culminated in this book. Liam was finally able to look at his past with more than criticisms in mind. Even though a lot of Liam’s experiences with humans had been bad not all of them were. Liam’s growth was shown to us at the same time we saw Ondry’s rise in status. Ondry had his own problems to deal with in regards to his rapid rise in status. He really had no clue whatsoever what he was supposed to be doing. Ondry went from ye, to ka, to tuk status in what the Rownt would consider the blink of an eye. He also did so at a phenomenally young age. This afforded him no time to learn how traders in the more advanced statuses behaved. It was incredibly lucky Ondry’s single-mindedness paid off for Ondry and Liam as it did.
This is definitely a wonderful continuation of Ondry and Liam’s story, and I would consider it a must read for fans of the series.