"Strong outer space science fiction tale"
Humanity has colonized the stars and co-exists with many
special humanoids as well as other sentient races but no
species will tolerate the existence of a Web-being. They
are near immortal shape-shifters that can eat intelligent
life and turn living matter into more of their own
essence. A mindless Web-being called Death destroyed a
whole world and many of the inhabitants on it.
Esen, the only Web-being in the vicinity of Minos XII, is
a gentle, caring soul whose web was destroyed by Death.
She and her human, Paul Cameron have made a life for
themselves on Minos XII, working in exports until a friend
finds out Esen's true nature and tries to kill them. They
escape to a waterworld planet where they learn the
only surviving member of Esen's former web has out-
maneuvered them. She makes her presence known because she
needs them to go with her to Picco's Moon, the place where
they were born to avert an interstellar war and so that the
two-web beings can settle their differences once and for
Esen is one of the most unique and refreshing sentient
beings ever created by an author and it is easy to see why
readers will cherish her. After six centuries of life, she
is still an innocent who reveres life and regrets that
people can't see past the surface of what she is. Paul is
the one person who cares for her, as she is, a man who
understands her nature and still cares deeply for her.
They have a relationship that can only be severed by
death. Their adventures together make for a strong outer
space science fiction tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 10, 2003