Strong start to the Sholan Alliance series, about a human girl and her strange telepathic bond to a feline alien. They only want to use their new power to help their races but others want to see their link destroyed, believing it is an abomination to both races.
The characters are fun and engaging, especially the main pair of Carrie and Kusac. The story is exciting, though a bit predictable. The writing style is standard, with dialog running on the long side. Also, the author has a habit of having characters explain what has happened thus far in the novel to other characters. It feels too much like the author was worried the audience had forgoten what they had just read and needed to be reminded.
I absolutely love the Sholans! The author did a fantastic job in creating a race that seems like it wouldn't be that much different from humans but turns out is a very different society, with new things learned about them at every turn. The contrast between Humans, Sholans, and the Others is wonderful to read.
The series has my attention and I'm excited to read more!
R. E. (re) reviewed Turning Point (Sholan Alliance No 1) on
Excellent and terrific sciFi and the first book of a fantastic series. Obviously, I am reading my way through THIS entire series. This author gives much depth to the characters, and has a fantastic and well-thought out plot. Enjoyable reading.
CUT OFF FROM EARTH by alien conquerors, the human colony on Keiss was slowly building an underground resistance movement to stand against the Valtegan invaders. But for many of the colonists, it was already too late.
Her twin sister Elise captured by Valtegan soldiers, Carrie, telepathically and empathically linked with Elise, experienced all the pain and terror that her sister was suffering. Only her twin's death freed Carrie from torment, though it also left her completely alone in her own mind for the first time in her life. But this mental void was unexpectedly filled when Kusac, a felinoid crewman of a crashed starship, touched her thoughts. Drawn to him by their shared Talent, Carrie hid the injured Kusac from the Valtegans, and in so doing found a friend and an invaluable ally.
Yet though the trust and understanding between Carrie and Kusac was soon unshakable, it would prove far more difficult to convince each of their races that their only hope of overthrowing the Valtegans was to band together against the common foe. And even for no one on any of the settled worlds had yet found a way to defeat this warrior race ready to lay waste to any civilization they could not conquer