Brooks presents a nice futuristic story with some interesting worlds and aliens in this Cat Star Chronicles offering. Fascinating world customs, a bit of a mystery and the relationship between the hero and heroine make this a very sensual romance. Though some explanations are repetitious, the hero is quite interesting, and the heroine a strong, independent woman.
To go there, she needs someone she can trust to pose as her owner. Jacinth chooses a slave, Cat, planning to free him in return for his cooperation.
But when they reach Statzeel, enemies from his past turn up. And things on this world are not as they appear, especially where her sister is concerned.
(Sourcebooks, Apr., 384 pp., $6.99)