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464 pages, Hardcover
First published November 1, 2022
🚀 It's a standalone.
🚀 The story takes place on the planet Orshan where, as the result of some dodgy experimentation, some people have the ability to read or control minds. It's in the same universe as Winter's Orbit but there's no overlap in characters or locations.
🚀 It's a space adventure with a military-SF feel (I wouldn't classify it as strict MilSF since the army is mainly the antagonist and the main character spends the whole book trying to get out of it.)
🚀 There is a strong romantic arc and emotions are high, but if you're a romance reader please go in expecting a VERY low heat level. If you're primarily an SF reader you'll probably think it has a lot of romance. I'd categorise this one as slightly more on the SF side of the SF/Romance border. Nobody has yet stopped me from writing cross-genre, and if "fake soulbonding in the space military" sounds like it could be your thing, then I appreciate those of you giving it a shot from whichever side of the genre line!
“tennal—unpredictable and razor-edged, crackling like the end of a live wire. surit worked in a universe of fixed possibilities. tennal was a chaos event. surit was drawn to it like a gravity wall.”
“‘all right,’ he said. ‘i’m a fuckup. is that what you wanted to hear? we knew that already.’ he bit the bullet. ‘what are you going to do about it?’”
Tennal shut his eyes and tried to read the universe.
They all expected Tennal to be cooperative. It wasn’t as if he had a choice. A shame that he’d never been cooperative in his life.
Surit knew his own tendencies, which had nothing to do with gender and everything to do with people who were lightning strikes on dead land.