Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Senana Saz Rays has been sentenced to four years of slave labor on prison planet Indiku after assaulting his state appointed psychiatrist. Leaving his lover Rhyan behind on earth, Sena spends his time on the planet Indiku working with the coveted medicinal leeri flowers. Although a slave, he can’t help but find peace in the mundane life he’s lived on the alien planet and the wondrous sightings of the indigenous Zanzi that look so much like mythical earth dragons. Senana is just one year shy of going home and being with Rhyan again when all thoughts of freedom are swiped away as a massive Zanzi takes him from the leeri fields and back to the mountains it calls home.
La’el is a proud Zanzi. His only wish was to find a life mate and experience the bond his parents share. When he finally finds him in the leeri fields he doesn’t hesitate to take Sena— even their vast physical differences won’t dissuade the young Zanzi. La’el will do anything to prove to Sena that they are meant to be together, even if he’s unsure how to convince his human mate.
Both La’el and Sena are about to find out that there is more between them than either of them could ever imagine. Their bond affects more than just their fate, but also reveals a true evil buried in the heart of Indiku, and all the way back to Earth.
This story sucked me in at the very beginning and I loved learning about Indiku from Sena and La’el’s eyes. However, there was no real indication of the love triangle that would come into play near the end of the book or the large cliffhanger the story ended on. It wasn’t complete and there isn’t any other indication that there will be another book and if it will come when. The writing in this story was very well written, it’s just path the story took that I have a problem with.
La’el is so happy to find his mate and doesn’t understand why Sena doesn’t feel the same way. Sena feels a connection to La’el but still thinks about his lover from earth, Rhyan. When they seek shelter it is Rhyan Sena turns to.
I liked the world building in Indiku near the beginning though I didn’t feel like I really learned much about their culture. La’el wasn’t right just taking Sena the way he did but I could see he was young and very impulsive. I felt sorry for La’el once they got to earth because now he has to compete with Sena’s previous lover while trying to navigate this new world that Sena has brought him to. I can’t say I ever really liked Sena, he came off very brash and I never felt he redeemed himself. Protecting La’el if about the only good thing I felt he did. We didn’t see much of Rhyan but what I see I didn’t like and then the whole selling dragons thing that was apparently going on, I didn’t learn enough about it but obviously this goes into more problems that are beneath the surface. I was so upset by the end of the book I’m not sure I will even read it if a follow-up book comes out.
The cover art by E Keith and S Neff is nice and I love the two visuals of La’el.
ebook, 226 pages
Published: March 1, 2018 by Painted Hearts Publishing
Edition Language: English