Dr. Khira is working to find a cure for the son of the Zigan
ambassador, Prince Myrek. The Mhajavi are more medically
advanced due to their willingness to separate religious
beliefs from science, unlike Myrekís father and his
followers. Myrek will sacrifice anything to save Vilem, and
is grateful for Khiraís expertise and assistance.
cultural differences and social status does little to deter
their growing attraction. Myrek can only marry a virgin
from the aristocratic class, while Mhajavi law states that
virgins cannot wed and must have sexual congress by the age
of 25. Khira is 24, and still a virigin. Her life has been
submerged in years of study once she proved to be a child
prodigy, which gave her no time to pursue a relationship.
When Khiraís family demands that she follow the Mhajavi
custom of surrendering her virginity, Myrek makes an
important decision that will change their lives forever, and
scandalize the universe.
to finish, Alliance: Cosmic Scandal is a well
constructed story. The writing is sound, the character
motivations clear, and thereís the right balance of sex and
angst. No matter how much I wanted to enjoy this book, it
proved difficult. I didnít find the characters remarkable.
Perhaps Iíve read way too many books with complex tormented
souls. Khira and Myrek are truly good people, who rebel to
be together. The supporting characters proved either just as
nice or predictable. There wasnít enough substance in the
forms of sexual tension, psychological flaws, action and
world building to whet my appetite for more. My biggest
issue was the setting. I didnít feel like I was exploring a
strange new universe. The people, places and planets still
felt like earth with odd names and traditions, so that it
was more a touristy experience rather than
out-of-this-world. Throwing in an alien life-form (that
wasnít that Ďaliení) and odd words didnít help.
There is an audience for this series; Ms. Lamont is a strong
writer. Her skills as an author and attention to detail and
medical research for the plot made the story concrete, which
is why I feel confident in saying that readers should give
it a go.