"Fantastic sequel of science fiction tale!"
At the end of RAINSCAPE, Rayn and Dina realized they were
bond-mates. Of course, Rayn was being deported to his home
world of B'harata and Dina decided to leave the IIB and
join Rayn. When we pick up with BLOOD RAIN, Rayn is already
on his way to B'harata and Dina has managed to book passage
on a small cargo ship.
While on the way to B'harata, the cargo ship has an
unwanted visitor, one of the Roven, a man who makes his
living as a pirate. When this raider, Alecto Kylariz, sees
Dina, he decides to make her part of his ill-gotten gains.
To say Dina is definitely not happy with this turn of
events is putting it mildly. Just why has this man taken
her? Is he planning on selling her to the highest bidder?
When Rayn first gets back to B'harata, he looks up his
cousin, Cyonne, and stays with her and her bond-mate.
Naturally, he becomes aware of the changes that have taken
place during his absence, most of which are not for the
better. Don't forget the fact he's on probation and can be
sent to a prison planet for any misbehavior. When Rayn
finds out Dina has been kidnapped, his first thought is to
rescue her. There's no way he can legally leave B'harata.
Will Rayn ever be reunited with his bond-mate? What of
Dina? Now that she can't get to Rayn, will she settle for
Kylariz? What of Kylariz? What exactly is a Roven? And why
did he take Dina? Does he have a hidden agenda?
BLOOD RAIN is the perfect sequel to RAINSCAPE. Jaye
Roycraft has spun a wonderful science fiction tale filled
with beings from different planets and how they interact
with each other, right along with all their prejudices.
This is also the first time we really get a look into life
on B'harata and the reasons why Rayn left in the first
place. Also not to be missed is the glimpse into the life
of a space pirate with the introduction of Kylariz. Add to
that the longing Rayn and Dina feel for each other and the
despair when they are separated, and this story will leave
you wondering "what if?". For a thrilling story filled with
tales of cops and robbers in space, you don't want to miss
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 21, 2006
In this sequel to Rainscape, ex-agent Dina Marlijn now finds herself caught between two outlaws.
Her resignation from the Bureau completed, Dina books passage on a small cargo vessel to pursue telepath Rayn DeStar across the galaxy. But the Palladia never arrives at its destination...
Raider Alecto Kylariz liberates the Palladia of her cargo, including Dina. Kylariz is a Roven, destiny incarnate, but it's a term Dina takes to mean nothing more than "raider." In the Roven she finds not only a pirate, but a storyteller with a poet's soul, a man with a past so bloody he has nightmares, and a secret so guarded even her telepathic powers can't breach it.
Kyl abducts Dina to catch the attention of his nemesis, now a respected Synergy Fleet Commander, but the ploy goes awry. Kyl is forced to abandon his damaged ship in the barren wilderness of a barbarous world. Dina is now all he has left, and he's not about to give her up—not when she reminds him so much of the lover he lost years ago in a genocidal slaughter so brutal he refers to it as the "Blood Rain."
Rayn, deported to B'harata, is on probation and forbidden to leave the planet. When he learns of Dina's abduction, he sells his soul for a ship and the means to track down the raider, and once again he finds himself embracing the legacy of violence he had tried so long to escape.
Dina, bound to two very different men, is caught in the crossfire of passion, hatred, and vengeance so strong that another Blood Rain seems only too inevitable, and when the Roven's secret is finally revealed, destiny will be forever changed on all Synergy Worlds...