Specialist Amanda Sumner is one of the first to make contact on the Earth-like planet Harp and discovers she’s the only Earthling, who can hear the trees sing in the strange forest. Determined to remain and learn more of the planet’s secrets, Amanda sets out to become part of the elite Guild there…
But there is a secret involving some Guild members–one that could get her killed.
Shifter Rhodry de Mendoza wants the Earthlings off his planet before they destroy it—even if that means denying what he feels for the fierce and lovely Amanda. The pair is thrown together in what becomes a fight for their lives. And they might just lose everything–including each other–in their battle for the right to live in peace.
I really enjoyed this book. I have been a long time fan of Ms. Reynolds since I found her Vampires in America series several years ago which is still on-going. She writes very well and is wonderful at the craft of world building. Both characters of Amanda and Rhodry are well-developed. Their motivations are understood throughout the book. I think Amanda is especially strong and she shows it especially as what happens to her and then Rhodry unfolds. She also did a good job of describing the antagonists in the story and what they wanted as well. One thing that I really liked about this book was that the relationship between Rhodry and Amanda was a slow build. The author did not rush and it worked. Honestly, once Amanda entered the trial to pursue entry into the Guild, she and then Rhodry were so busy trying to survive, they didn’t have time for a whole lot to happen fast. Anyway, this really involved learning more about the planet of Harp, some of the history of Harp’s genetically altered shifters, Amanda’s ability to “hear the trees” and get back to the City.
This was a great combination of some fantasy, some space travel, and paranormal. I am looking forward to more books in this series. There are several very interesting characters that hopefully will have their stories told as well.