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A Mere Formality by Ilona Andrews
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May 05, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: ebook, science-fiction

Deirdre is a member of the special crew mediating the treaty of two worlds. Deirdre is one who does all the research, with her fingers in the computer interface and mind flying through it. Now, Deirdre is on her way to the banquet for the treaty, when the Reigh enter and the tension of this dangerous group, even under sign of peace, is felt. One of the Reigh is bumped by Michel, but the Reigh could have avoided the happening and didn't, dropping his sign... on purpose? The four races in presence have a link to each other, a delicate link that could break causing a deadly war. And that happens here, but a deal can be made to save lives, a deal with Deirdre.

I Like! this "space" world creation here. This is something Ilona and Gordon are strong at. REAL strong! They have taken 4 different worldly races, and created them in a short story. Actions speak louder than words, and they use words to create it all! It was so easy to see the creatures and the personalities the reflected. Ilona and Gordon are wonderful at describing cultures with anticipation mixed in wanting to know what will happen.

Not only is there a whole world, or two, created here but a mystery is now underway. Who poisoned the man, and why? Wonderful blend! As can be expected by Ilona and Gordon.

There is definitely Adult content in this short story. Not actual sex, but definite talk about it.

I think Ilona and Gordon need to write a science fiction series! I would definitely pick it up! And this world could be a great start. :)

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