THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS
A vivid, detailed science fiction story with all the trappings of a quality romance, Lord’s sophomore novel is not to be missed. The romance is slow building, and the personal growth Delarua experiences throughout this novel in order to achieve her happily ever after makes her one of my favorite heroines of 2013. Lord’s themes of family, love and survival emphasize how important each aspect of the home is in order for a race to thrive as a whole, making this a complex, satisfying tale.
When an attack on the planet Sadira kills many of the race’s females, Sadiri representatives head to the planet Cygnus Beta, made up of a hodgepodge of various humanoid species, in search of potential new mates to help regenerate their population. Government employee Grace Delarua is assigned to accompany Sadiri Councillor Dllenakh and his crew on their expedition to various colonies to survey different races, learning more about the Sadiri culture and their traditions. Although Sadiris rarely show their emotions, Dllenakh takes a liking to Grace, who must come to terms with a past relationship and her newly discovered psi abilities in order to move forward with her life — and become a part of Dllenakh’s. (DEL REY, Feb., 320 pp., $25.00)