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Pursued by members of every species, Meris-the most ancient and legendary of the Jadamiin-is a stowaway on a ship bound for the Port Earth space station. But the pursuit isn't over-and suddenly Port Earth is embroiled in high level intrigue that could annihilate the entire station.
Paperback, 482 pages
Published July 6th 2004 by DAW
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Mary JL
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any science fiction fan
Shelves: main-sf-fantasy
Things are Earthport Station are really hectic.

First are the normal snafus when three differing race--human; Phi-Nurian; and Rofan are busy sharing the same spaceport with their differing customs and conflicts. The Phi-Nurians are erractic; the arrogant Rofans like to duel.

Then, the nearby Rofan spaceport is closed due to an unusual emergency, so ships must continue on to Earth Port Station. The workload of incoming ships is suddenly doubled.

And now, our heroine--Deputy Rachel Adjami--is running
Lynn Calvin
Jan 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Ebook reread...had forgotten some of this excellent book - wish there was more from this author.

Good story, good portrayal of aliens. Lots of loose ends, although certainly a complete story. I wish there had been more, but this is a worthwhile standalone.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. That being said I have read several reviews most of which give it a poor rating. I really don't understand why. There are some great characters (most well developed), as well as lots of action plot twists, and even some romance. The title is part of a poem supposedly from The Collected Flights of Prudence Clarke, whom it seems does not really exist. Kudos to Jennifer Wright for writing such great poetry for this book.
This is the story of Deputy Rachel Ajmani
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting book in regards to the location, as well as the multifaceted plots against the locations itself. The alien species discussed in the book are also pretty unique.

Where it loses me is the character relationships (the romances/sexuality in this story are a joke), the lack of expanded lore on, well, just about anything, and an incredibly jarring and unsatisfying denouement.

Regardless, I still burned through the book pretty quickly and enjoyed myself for the most part.
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
While the plot sometimes got lost towards the end, the setting and characters were both very imaginative. I only wish that the author had written more material in this world, but I believe this was her second (and last) book.
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
The author attempted to write a wheels within wheels plot in the manner of Robert Jordan, Tom Clancy, or David Weber...and tripped over the attempt, feel down two or three flights of stairs, and landed in a broken heap of sadness at the bottom.

The various plots in the book are handled poorly, all of them jumping erratically in a hard-to-read hard-to-follow mess of words and character thoughts. Some of the main issues are:

1)The perspective jumps between far to many characters, most of whom are a
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a light, fun, but somewhat annoying book.

Too little time was spent on the alien cultures, especially on that of one of the main characters, the Mother of Multitudes. The principle of the paths was never elaborated upon, rendering the significance of the supposedly revelatory fourth path, friendship, laughable as the constant invocation of the paths for oaths.

The human characters were wholly unlikeable for their immaturity. The doctor, Tigre, was completely insufferable with his pettines
Jun 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Another description of life on a space station orbiting earth, but this one has a twist. A strange alien (supposed to me the "mother of the universe") shows up hotly pursued by those who would exploit her supposed godhood. Dragged into the conflict are two police officers who, amid the chaos of an overcrowded space station, don't try to save their galaxy, just their jobs.

Mildly confusing in places with some language.
Oct 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paperback, 2004
After Spirit Fox I had to read a stand-alone by Ms. Wingert. A lovey Royo-esque cover and a great story--wonder if she'll do any more books...? ...more
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Jennifer Wingert lives in Iowa, works full-time, and writes in every spare moment she can find. Spirit Fox is her first novel, but it will certainly not be her last.

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