Shadow Fires

9 Apr

Favorite Lines: “For the first time, Arion found his gaze drawn to her breasts. They were rounded like Jenna’s were, only they were fuller and they had blue nipples…”(41-2)

Catherine Spangler introduces us to Jenna dan Aron. Jenna is a member of the Shielder colonies but she has always been different. She is a seer who has foresaw her own future. It resides with a man from another planet, a Leor. Arion of Saura is a Leor in need of a mate. What he gets is Jenna. Initially he is the alpha asshole, but over time he comes to see that joy and love can be part of Leor life.

The Leor are hybrids; they are half human/half reptilian. They have no hair and are not quite what they think they are. They have a low fertility rate from inbreeding and need fresh bloodlines introduced to ensure their survival. They consider themselves hard and see no purpose in the small things that humans appreciate. They don’t bother with clothing (besides a loincloth) or kissing. This all begins to change, when human women are introduced to Leor culture as part of it, instead of slaves to it.

I enjoyed Jenna. She suffered much in her life before Arion but it hasn’t poisoned her on life. She is thrown into a culture vastly different from her own and shows her resiliency. At times she questions the Leor lifestyle and acts, but then she reasons with herself. She thinks about choosing to marry Arion and needing to adjust to their lifestyle. She doesn’t whine or complain about her new lot in life; something that helps endear her with her husband.

Using a hybrid lizardman could have been problematic. It sounds abhorrent. In all actuality, it worked. I didn’t think about him being anything other than a man. He was stubborn, headstrong, bossy and carried an air of entitlement. He was resistant to change and refused to see matters from his human wife’s point of view, in the beginning. Over time, he showed why he was worthy of Jenna’s love.

You can buy Shadow Fires here.

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6 Responses to “Shadow Fires”

  1. Susan Helene Gottfried April 9, 2007 at 1:54 pm #

    Ahh, so it’s the reptile thing that gave her blue nipples. I was wondering if you’d address that…

    This has a cool-sounding plot. I might need to add this to my wishlist!!

  2. scooper April 9, 2007 at 3:55 pm #

    Susan- Hate to break it to you, but the blue nipples belong to a human. She has blue hair, eyebrows, finger/toe nails and wears blue feathers.

  3. Holly April 9, 2007 at 3:57 pm #

    Huh. I don’t know. That whole reptilian thing kind of freaks me out. *shudder* I think I spent too many years reading Stephan King and Dean Koontz to get into this one.

  4. scooper April 9, 2007 at 4:23 pm #

    Holly- It seems like it should be a turn off, but I didn’t know when I first read the book that he was a hybrid. When I found out, it really didn’t matter. It was discussed without lingering on his physical difference and later it was made to appear beautiful.

  5. Holly April 11, 2007 at 5:29 pm #

    I might have to try this one (or a similar book) and see if I can get past it.

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