Jarn, (who was Dr. Cherijo Gray-Veil up until the 6th book, 'Rebel Ice', where her head injury was so severe she had no memories and was reborn as Jarn of Akkabarr) and her husband Duncan Reever, are in for another adventure. In the last book they were trapped on Trellus and found a deadly black crystal there. Now Jarn and Duncan must travel to a nearby planet, to search for any traces of the deadly, planet killing crystal.
Also appearing in this book is Jylyj, a Skartesh (canine-type) being who appeared in one of S.L. Viehl's non-Stardoc books called 'Bio-Rescue'. Jylyj is a touch healer, working with Jarn in the medical bay aboard the Sunlace as it travels to the planet oKia where a similar canine-type species resides. The oKia allow the Sunlace to land a launch for their survey, but are still distrustful of foreigners. As they should be, for Duncan and Jarn are still hunted by the League and the Hsktskt, and someone knows where they are.
On oKia, they discover a different type of crystal, a clear crystal that infects Jylyj. Does this crystal hold the secret to the deadly black crystal they seek?
Don't miss this episode of Stardoc. This one is going to knock your boots off. The relationship between Jarn and Duncan is more loving and together than ever, and the puzzle of the black crystal and the clear crystal a complex plot. There's lots of reference to past incidents in other books, so make sure you're up to date on the series. There's a lot of interaction and new information, and a cliffhanger ending that will leave you screaming for the next installment. I CAN'T WAIT for the next installment. Viehl has disappointed me sometimes with Stardoc, but she's back on track and her characters are stronger than ever. I always want more Squilyp, the Omorr. I love his character as Senior Healer.
I highly recommend you buy this book. If this is the first Stardoc book you read, there will be a lot of references you won't understand, but it's still a good story and you'll find yourself going back and buying up all the previous books in the series. Five strong stars. Enjoy!
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