Author: Viola Grace
TBR Reviewer: Victoria
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read.
Heat: 2 - Flirty.
Now, as to the book itself. I thought Lord Renn was a great idea, and the concept behind him, that he was the embodiment of thousands (if not millions) of little star fragments coalesced into a single being, brought forth by the "Brotherhood" (one of those details I would have liked to have been given more information about) to defend the world was fantastic. The scene where he shows Cera his true body ... wow. The imagery in that scene alone made this book worth the read.
Cera is a decent enough character, not too whiny, but throughout I felt incredibly disconnected when it came to her. Very little emotional involvement or pull. She did what she needed to...and that's it. The Brotherhood, what little we get on them, is a fascinating organization of people who are gathering energy/minds from around the galaxy, and I like this concept a lot.
There is relatively little page time showing a growing romance between Renn & Cera. His body is based on a composite of men (in her memories) that she found attractive over the years, so of course she's attracted physically to him. There's no real spark, just poof...at point X they did the deed and it was good.
Let me say first off, this is book number a million (exaggeration, but there are a TON) set in the universe that Finite takes place in. I had no idea that that was the case when I picked this book to review. I began to suspect that might be the situation when I was floundering badly within a few pages, trying to understand the world(s) the book was set in. There was little explanation as to technology, who all the
names were that were thrown at me, and so forth. That's when I took a break and looked up the author/book on Goodreads. Ah ha! Now the complex universe setting made a little more sense. It didn't clear up anything as far as who everyone was (though some of the characters were likely former hero/heroines in other books). Unfortunately, the fact that I needed to do that was a sore mark against this book from the get-go. I shouldn't have been left so adrift by the vast universe that I needed to know if there was more (just to center myself). While a novella isn't the place for huge world-building details, a little bit here and there might have helped round things out for me.
The final thing that kept this from being rated any higher was the lack of any sense of real danger. Renn needs to be summoned, poof. He's summoned. Cera needs a weapon, poof, she has a weapon (or is a weapon herself). Cera needs a treaty, she makes a phone call and poof. Treaty/protection achieved. There's no real sense that she might not get anything. Just she asks and it's hers.
So, while I liked the overall environment (once I got past the beginning where I was very confused at why it seemed like it was assumed that I would know who the people involved were), the book for me was really very ho-hum. I think I'll check out other books set in the Terra worlds, but they won't be particularly high on my list of "to be read" books.