"an intriguing fantasy"
An alien race wants to join with their chosen human
partners, for better or worse...
When a ball of fire streaks across the sky and lands in a
nearby pond, Seth Kinman and his party guests are
surprised, and curious enough to investigate. When their
search leads to the discovery of three egg-shaped stones,
the adults assume they are pieces of a meteorite. That
assumption is shattered by the reality of several
mysterious deaths. The rocks are more than alien stones;
they are eggs that hatch into a dangerous alien life form.
Soon Seth finds himself confronted by an alien who draws
him into a symbiotic relationship. Compadre offers Seth
perfect health and enhanced abilities in return for sharing
his physical body. Kara, the woman he loves also is
destined to join with a partner. Together they create a
baby who is unlike any child they could have imagined.
This novel is an interesting introduction to what will be a
trilogy. The idea is intriguing, the human characters and
their often-changing relationship with their alien
symbionts give the story its energy. The first book offers
us a solid building block for the plot to continue, drawing
all the main characters together and teaching us some of
their history. Internal dialogs with the alien partners
sometimes made things hard to follow, but the characters of
Seth and Kara's daughter Tresha, and the other juveniles
kept me focused on the story. I will be very anxious to see
where Ms. Toombs takes the younger members of her cast in
the books to follow.
Reviewed by Miranda Lee
Posted January 11, 2008