And the good-bye death scene at the end with Marel really did me in. I simply don't understand why Jarn couldn't have integrated Cherijo's memories - either dramatically and with a whole novel devoted to that - or gradually, as it seemed was happening. Certainly, integration would fit with the spiritual aspect Viehl is heading for, so I am very disappointed that Jarn's character simply had to die - to be replaced with sharp-tongued, bitchy Cherijo.
The next book in the series better be a free one at the library, or it won't get picked up by me. Nov 11, Cathy rated it liked it Shelves: zz-challenge-bcc-scifi , zz-challenge-library-borrowed , read-in , psychics-telepathy , science-fiction , people-of-color.
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A bit better than the last book. But I just didn't enjoy Jarn. She's a pill. The different perspective on familiar characters and situations is interesting, but she's just to judgmental and sanctimonious to be likable. Although she and Reever are perfect for each other, she doesn't mind being pushed around and he's still a jerk. Cherijo was sometimes rash and immature, certainly prickly, but she was vibrant, funny, and interesting.
It's unclear from the end what's really going to happen to these A bit better than the last book. It's unclear from the end what's really going to happen to these "2" women. I assumed an integration would turn then into one better person, but perhaps not. We'll see! Finally some progress was made on the big, universe-wide story arc. After yet more captures and imprisonments. It appears that the black crystal has invaded every settled world in the galaxy except three; was it annoying luck or some kind of fate that hooked Cherijo up with the crystal-clear Jorenians?
The author has fooled me before when I felt like something was too much coincidence but was later revealed as story-dictated and supported.
I'm also now hoping that Cherijo's perfect health is responsible for her being one of the few Terrans in the galaxy who isn't a total bigot, despite being raised in the home world. Perhaps the black crystal is responsible for the mass hysteria. That would be a good twist. The next book is indeed the final one in the series, so it looks like it's going to be a big rush to cram in the real story before the finish, after all of the leisurely detours and imprisonments.
The pacing of this series has been very odd. Jun 19, Marya rated it liked it. Spoiler Alert! THe last two books have been entertaining, but my heart was not with Jarn--I missed Cherijo.
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So, I made myself a deal. I would read this book and if Cherijo was not back in this book I would not follow the series. Thankfully she is back. We revisited a few characters from the past and met a few new Spoiler Alert! We revisited a few characters from the past and met a few new ones, but for me the end was worth it. I really thought that Jarn was annoying, and a little dense, if Viehl did not have the skill of telling a tale I would have dropped the series two books ago, but now I must wait impatiently for the next one!
I missed you Cherijo! Is that a fair thing to do, to not rate higher, because I don't like a character? Hmmm, pondering. Aug 11, Mitch Forman rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Loved Cherijo and her real human being, three dimensional, conflicted personality.
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Loved how she grappled with issues of immortality, healing, personal vs. Hated, absolutely HATED Jarn, whom to me was nothing more than a 2D monolithic plot device who wanted nothing more than to backpedal from any philosophical conflict and go live a boring threescore and ten with her equally un-conflicted friends and family. Agreed with Xonea who felt although i Loved Cherijo and her real human being, three dimensional, conflicted personality. Agreed with Xonea who felt although it was clearly not Jarn's fault that Jarn was just another in the long list of occurrences destined to deprive Cherijo of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Was smiling all the way through the "heartrending" Jarn bye-bye scene. First novel in the series I've truly enjoyed since Eternity Row. Feb 14, Karen rated it liked it. This is a fun series, but it's been a while since I read the earlier books and I had forgotten a lot. Viehl gives clues about earlier events in the story so that one is not completely lost, but personally I prefer to actually remember stuff!
Nov 20, Carolyn F. Oh my gosh, I'm sitting here blubbering thinking, "No, this can't be! I seem to be the only one who liked Jarn more and I especially loved the way she was with Duncan. One of the last paragraphs, Jarn tells Duncan, "Nothing that is lost is gone foreve Oh my gosh, I'm sitting here blubbering thinking, "No, this can't be!
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One of the last paragraphs, Jarn tells Duncan, "Nothing that is lost is gone forever. It is my turn to wait now.
Although Marel does say that she dreamt she never saw Jarn again so maybe it's a long way off. I'm choosing to believe that unless I read something different. For Duncan to finally fall in love and then to lose it, such a heartbreak. I hope for his sake Jarn comes back. I would definitely recommend it. Jul 25, Kate rated it liked it. My review will contain a spoiler about the end of the book.
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I was so over Jarn it was beginning to get ridiculous. Everything about her character grated on my nerves, whereas Cherijo I found to be a very interesting and delightful if a bit angry and hurtful character. As soon as the end of the chapter hit, I nearly did a dance. I had a huge grin on my face, because I feel like My review will contain a spoiler about the end of the book. I had a huge grin on my face, because I feel like I can finally get back to the point of this series: Cherijo.
Reading about Jarn has been similar to watching your favourite show suddenly switch the main character from someone interesting to someone who has the likeability of a moldy potato. Feb 03, Wendy rated it really liked it. This book was slow compared to the others in this series.
Not a lot of action, too much scientific jargon and sadly an ending that I did not like much. As much as I disliked 'Rebel Ice' and the plot twist that the author introduced in that book, I have to say, that I was disappointed with the ending of this book. I am not too sure that This book was slow compared to the others in this series. I am not too sure that I am going to be pleased with the next book and am wondering if the ending of this series is going to be a disappointment for me.
I suppose that there is only one way to find out Sep 16, Ruby rated it it was amazing. Long story short, I'm glad Jarn is gone because she irritated the everloving hell out of me. Although I also hope he gets bumped off soon.
Nov 11, Steph rated it liked it Shelves: There's no good narrative arc in book 9. And yet there's something addictive about these books as I keep reading them. Nov 22, Wmd rated it it was amazing. One of the best books in the series, if you ask me. Jun 04, Kendra rated it really liked it Shelves: z-added-in-june , sci-fi-fantasy , z-read-in-july Almost to the end. I did enjoy this one more, and am amazed at how many plots, sub-plots, etc. More info on the crystals and the buildup to the final book.
Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Cherijo Torin, her husband Duncan Reever, and a handpicked crew journey to the planet oKia to locate a strange black mineral that is the source of an intergalactic epidemic. When one of the crew members becomes infected, his body slowly begins to crystallize. While Cherijo races to save the crew member, mercenaries arrive in the oKia system, wanting Cherijo's genes-and her near immortality.