Phoebe narrowly escaped a sectarian
religious cult that's well known for their tyrannical rule
over the space stations under their control and the lives of
those unfortunate enough to have been indoctrinated or raised
among their numbers.
After a decade as little more than a
slave, she's done with any man having that kind of control
over her body and soul ever again.
She sneaks aboard the Black Star during a
routine stop and is discovered by Captain Singh, whom she
discovers to be very different from the men who ruled her life
in the past. He's gentle, considerate and they're drawn to
one another with a passion that scares both of themóbut
there's one thing in the way of their happiness: The "Hand of
God" cult. They don't like loosing members of their flock,
and even the might of the Black Star may not be enough to
safeguard her chance at happiness...
I thoroughly enjoyed the sequel to Black
Star Princess, and found Ms. Karland's new installment to be
an enjoyable tale in its own right. Phoebe is spunky and
smart. Surviving in the cult was no mean feat, yet she
manages to land on her feet and find a place for herself in an
unfamiliar setting. I enjoyed seeing her find well-deserved
happiness and companionship in the arms of Damon Singh.
Black Star Stowaway left me
with a definite sense of satisfaction and will be a story I
will enjoy re-reading in anticipation of the next episode in
the Black Star series.