Print Length 149 pages
Published June 20, 2016
Subject Name: Madeline Faire
When natural disaster strikes Joyal, Madeline is tossed from her planet into the hands of the Kireg. Madeline has always feared the Kireg, an alien who can bend—or snap—a mind with only a thought. What she found on their home planet is even more frightening. Civil unrest has exploded and enemies are everywhere. But the one thing she never expected to find was her mate, the rebellion leader who started the war.
*Due to some content this book is recommended for the over 18 crowd.*
We met Madeline and Geo in Cold Mark, at different times. Their story starts when Braita’s started, we see the events that lead to Madeline ending up on Triaz, and how Geo went looking for her. As a scientist on Joyal, Madeline is going to question everything. It is in her nature, she accidently questions the rebel leader, Geo. Why would she questions him? He rescues the humans that are coming to his planet from the ruling Dynasty (they want to use them as slaves).
Geo is more likeable than Madeline- this is typically not the case. He has a sense of responsibility to his people. Yeah, he is the reason for the civil unrest in his nation yet his purpose is for the betterment of his people. The discovery of his mate, was a horrible event for both of them. He tries to be patient with her, allowing her space. He allows her to have choices that others on his planet do not. He protects her from his people, their thoughts and actions. Many are going to hate him, I found him endearing. He does not hold how they met, or their species against her.
Madeline on the other hand, is a little harder to like. I enjoyed that she questioned everything, she tried to protect her people. She does not react well when she discovers that Geo is her mate. I can’t blame her, as that discovery was made due to despicable circumstances. She runs, in the middle of a civil war. With her logical mind, running just seems out of character.
The book was interesting, although some scenes were horrific. I am not sure I would have been able to move past that first umm encounter. The world building again is pretty remarkable.
My Rating 3 out of 5 stars
Favorite Quote “And I’m yours. Your mate.”
Corza- Geo’s sister
Xri- Corza’s mate