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on 5 March 2004
The story of Carrie and Kusac continues in Fortune's Wheel. Carrie is insecure in her love of the cat-like alien Kusac, and her fragile sense of self worth risks both their lives when she tries break their telepathic "Leska" link. Kusac knows the danger as she does not, but is determined not to pressure her.
Kusac and Carrie go aboard the Khalossa, a huge Sholan warship/survey vessel, where Carrie meets lots of new Sholans. They are a caring people and welcome her, but her own people (especially her father) are bigoted and xenophobic. They do not understand her need to be with Kusac and make her begin to feel their relationship is wrong and twisted.
This book is like no other sci-fi I have read. Alien romance is hardly new, but Lisanne's story of telepathic aliens, and the bonds of love created between Sholan and Human, is simply excellent. I couldn't put the book down. If I had one bad thing to say about it, it's this: The book is too long! So much happens in this story, it could easily have been made into two books.
Buy it now, you won't be disappointed.
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on 22 April 2001
The main theme in this book is a love story, between a human and an alien. I know, I know that it sounds corny, but it is quite unusual. The relationship occurs accidentally when the telepathically talented duo forms a link called a 'Leska' bond, which links them mind and body, which cannot be broken. If one dies then so does the other. All this occurs to the backdrop of alien invasions and political infighting that occurs as the two species try to form an alliance against the Valtegans who had occupied the human colony which had recently been liberated by the technically advanced cat-like Sholans. At the same time other pairings of telepathic humans (who insist that there is no such thing as telepathy) and Sholans spring up everywhere telepaths meet sometimes with disastrous consequences.
The problems involved cross-species relationships are explored in a very realistic and emotionally charged manner. There is a great deal of character development and the consequences of falling in love with a heir to a alien clan lord's son and daughter of a planetary governor, both with domineering and short sighted parents. This book shows a very interesting point of view with regard to the way humans relate to their families and other humans when seen with the eyes of aliens emphasising the importance of family.
I look forward to reading the next book in the series; to see the vivid alien worlds and the vibrant characters develop in the endlessly surprising story-line.
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