LINE AND ORBIT
If you’ve been craving a delightful romance with a brilliantly clever science fiction twist, look no further. Soem and Moraine pack this compell-ing tale with space gypsies, genetic engineering and a Protectorate that rules with an iron fist, giving readers a truly innovative story that will even reward after multiple reads. Adam and Lochlan are such different creatures and watching them figure out themselves and each other was a real treat for this reviewer.
Adam Yuga is a “perfect,” part of a group of genetically enhanced people. Genetic flaws are outlawed and when one such flaw is discovered in Adam, his entire life is suddenly over. As his social standing and wealth are ripped away, he’s reduced to stealing. Lochlan is a gypsy, a space Bideshi who calls a large homeship well ... home. He rescues Adam and, amid intrigue, Bideshi magic and a sacred ceremony, a reluctant but potent attraction grows between them. But Adam is in possession of a secret that his people, the fearsome Protectorate, will do anything to keep hidden. (SAMHAIN, Feb., 312 pp., $16.00)