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Sureblood by Susan Grant
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Mar 01, 11

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Read in January, 2010

I keep thinking it must be impossible for these books to get any better but they somehow do. This one tells the story of the space pirates living in the channels, a region of the Borderlands rich with asteriods that contain a vital mineral called zelfen. The story focuses mainly on two of the pirate clans, the Blues and the Surebloods. Dake Sureblood comes to power young when his father is killed in a bizarre accident. Valeeya Blue is the daughter of the Blue Clan leader Conn and his preferred successor, in favour of her wayward brother Sethen. The pirates' raid ships stolen from Nez, the nasty owner of th company that controls the zelfen mining, and bring them back to Nez for a fee. When Dake and Val end up forced to team up on a raid together, their actions encite Dake to suggest that unity should be persued by the pirate clans, in order to remove their dependency on Nez, whom Dake doesn't trust. A historical meeting between the pirates on the Blue's homeworld sees the infatuated Dake and Val consummate their relationship, only to be torn apart when Val's father and brother are killed in two seperate incidents. The story explodes from there, leading Dake and Val down roads that they never thought they'd travel. As a result of internal deception and miscommunications, a war ensures between the Blues and Surebloods for five years after the Blues accuse the Surebloods of Conn's murder.
The attraction between Dake and Val is instanteous and explosive and even without the son they conceive on that one night of passion (a gorgeous little boy called Jaym who ends up being the catalystic for bring the pirates to glory), they clearly need each other. Reading about Dake's experience during the five year gap, in which he is captured and imprisoned by the Drakken, one half of the warring powers in the galaxy, I actually had to put the book down a few times, it was that distressing. Val is a fierce raider and a reluctant mother who comes to adore her son, and I adored her development as a person. As pirates, Dake and Val are fearsome, as parents, they are unstoppable. I loved every bit of this story and if nothing else, it made me want to hunt down more space pirate stories. Please write another one, Susan!!

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