(Sirantha Jax 3)
By Ann Aguirre
Paperback, 302 pages
Science Fiction Romance with a dose of diplomatic intrigue
Published by Ace
Released September 29, 2009
Finally having reached Ithiss-Tor, Sirantha must complete her diplomatic mission to save humanity from the impending Morgut invasion, but her complex political position is only further compounded by her lover's decline into a dark psychosis.
This, the third novel in this series is fun, while not as prone to random plot whorls as it's previous two, and has a mix of diplomacy, mystery, romance, and action.
Ms Aguirre manages to create a love story in these novels that is strong enough to get over itself. Nothing in these books have been about the main character's love interest being the thing that defines her or the singular thing that drives her. In fact, it ends up being the first thing she has to sacrifice in many cases. And yet, she and March are mature enough and level headed enough that they can get over themselves and deal with the problems at hand and then find a way to return to what they are/what they had.
To be honest, I was a little worried about this novel's plot. Political intrigue can be and a tricky thing to pull off well, and I wasn't sure what to expect, especially with a main character as vocal about her ineptitude with this sort of thing as Sirantha is. But she did it very well. The amount of help that Sirantha receives seems like the amount she'd need to perform in her task. And overall, this very alien situation came across feeling very real.
Buy, Borrow, Brush Past:
I'd give this novel a solid Buy. Like the first two in the series Ms. Aguirre manages to hold you attention and lead you to places you don't expect.