Emily is stranded when her shuttle crashes on a world far
beyond the safety of the Alliance. After the Xarit rescue
her, the chief takes her as an Honored Wife. Her skills as
a hunter and provider are unsurpassed, making her a highly
valued member of their community. Unfortunately the Xarit
are so biologically different, they are poisonous to Terrans.
Emily‘s precognitive gifts help her to foresee the crash of
another shuttle, and that the males inside are her mates.
She will be forced to make a choice of whether or not she
wishes to discard her comfortable, familiar life with the
Xarit in favor of forging a life-time bond with two
Runes are used in divination so it’s a nice touch that the
heroine, Emily, in An Honored Wife, has the
ability to predict/see the future. Emi has a neo-tribal,
shamanistic appeal in both appearance and manner that makes
her a unique and thrilling protagonist. Viola Grace is an
extremely innovative author, and this is another story in
the Rune series showcasing her ingenuity for creating
interesting people and places. Her alien character designs
alone would give George Lucas a run for his money.
The setting details make Emily’s life and status with the
Xarit fascinating. With the arrival of her mates, the
opportunity to explore and learn about yet another alien
race and their customs bring extra flavor to the twists and
tangles along the way. I always appreciate the way this
author uses the narrative (and humor) to build tension and
anticipation between her characters. I never notice how
long it’s taking for them to make it to the bedroom! When
the moment of truth arrived, it was explosive and searing.
I can’t get enough of Ms. Grace’s work; thankfully she has
proved to be as prolific as she is talented.