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448 pages, Hardcover
First published February 11, 2020
“Want? What is want?”
“It’s like when you are hungry, you want food. But there should be more to life, right?”
Finally, Xyll answered, “Home”.
“You want a place to belong.”
“Belong. Yes. Would also like to be …not Xyll.”
“You want to be somebody else?”
“Not alone,” it said.
“Chao-King’s expression shifted slightly, though I couldn’t read her reaction. “You’ve changed, Zara. It was a gamble but you risked yourself to save everyone else. I admit, I didn’t see it when you were first chosen, but …you are Honors material all the way.””
"Physically soft ... but you have a ruthless streak ... and the capacity to regulate it."Caine/Aguirre make up for their mellowed characters with some scary action that requires creative thinking, and they've "ended" this series very nicely while leaving a back door open for the future — that "interesting" and terrifying back history on Bacia! Egods!!