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Good story with a few loose threads...
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 2, 2018
What a wonderful Alien world Ms. Carter has created. In this fast paced, third story of the series, she tells of the Latharian empire threatened to be doomed to extinction unless the Lathar males find mates and procreate. All Latharian females died of an unknown deadly condition. Since human women are compatible to Lathar males, Latharians are more than happy to claim them as their mates. Lord Laarn K'Vaas is the "Lord Healer" of the Lathar empire; the highest ranking Healer in the Empire. He's made it his mission to track the problem with Lathar DNA which causes female fetuses to die in the womb---if he cannot find a cure, soon all fetuses would be affected followed by warriors becoming sterile.
I really liked this story, but there were so many loose threads flapping in the wind:
1). There's a war on the borders of their sub-space that pulls Lord Laarn K'Vaas away for a few weeks. WHY? What did this war skirmish have to do with anything? It's resolved; Laarn and his General's warriors win the day but nothing more is said about it. What's up with that?!?
2). Jess Kallson, who is the female character of the story...has a twin sister who falls deathly ill (on earth). Jess is frantic with worry wanting to go home to earth to be with her sister who could be dying. A ship is dispatched to earth. But then nothing more is said about it. Noth-ing! What happened to the sister? Did she die? Why isn't Jess worried about her anymore when she could hardly function with worry before? <smh>
3). If Jess is so valuable, and the child she's carrying is the missing link to the entire future of their race...then WHY is she constantly being put in harms way or kidnapped? Why is any kind of threat even near her? This woman is the answer to their future for crying out loud. I mean, the Latharians are supposed to be an extremely advanced, intelligent, elite race. What kind of outdated safety precautions allows one female to constantly be put in danger and almost killed?!? I kept throwing my hands up in the air with this.
Anyway, there's a few more holes, but I still enjoyed the gist of the story even though the storyline was a little flimsy. Massive, menacing, testosterone Latharian Warriors are reduced to protective puppy dogs in the presence of their mates. It was pretty funny. They treat human females like fine china or fragile spun glass, catering to their every need. I thought it was interesting how Ms. Carter made Lord Healer (Laarn K'Vaas) able to connect with a patient and feel their pain through neural links. That was pretty cool. Anyway, this is can be read as a standalone story. It's told in 3rd person, dual POV.