Title: Tian’s Hero
Author: Cherie Noel
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Characters: Tian, Lewell’yn, and Kay
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Science Fiction, Ménage
A spy posing as an assassin finds himself riding the ragged edge of sanity during a frantic search for fabled lost colonists who fled his world steps ahead of a devastating plague. They hold the key to saving his species from extinction.
Living in deep cover onboard a space frigate full of slave-running pirates would be difficult enough with reliable intel and some hope of back-up…even if he weren’t slowly losing his ability to separate truth from fiction and dealing with the added complications of a fiercely passionate healer, and an innocently sexy chef.
The bombs are in place, detonators set, and chrono ticking. Caught between ruthless pirates and his spiraling madness can Lewell’yn find a way to become Tian’s hero?
After reading Tian’s Hero, the first book in the, The Akanti series, I wondered how I was going to write this review and decided to just start at the beginning. The author throws you right into the action from the very first page without giving you the opportunity to get to know the main characters. This left me feeling a little lost and I had a hard time getting into the story. I had planned to put the book down for a few days, hoping to come back to it later. When Michelle and Gabi emailed me the other day to tell me they needed the review a.s.a.p., I worried that I would never get through a book that was over 400 pages, especially when I could not get past the first few pages. Last night I restarted Tian’s Hero again, and to be honest I was just hoping to make it past the beginning. When I put the book down, it was 3:15 am and I had closed the pages on an outstanding story.
The main characters are extremely interesting, and I found myself wanting to spend more time with each of them, especially Tian. Lewell’yn is a hard core character. He’s tough and rough and more times than not, he scares the crap out of others. He’s spent the last three years undercover looking for members of a lost race. He’s tired and mad and the last thing he wants is a serious relationship, never mind two. Kay is the ship’s med tech. He’s the oldest son of an aristocratic family, or at least that is what he had always thought, and when he finds out otherwise, he leaves medical school and signs on as a med tech. Tian is a sweet young thing. Unfortunately he is currently one of many Akanti on their way to a warrior planet where he’s destined to become prey. While the men find themselves drawn to each other there are many mysteries that could possible keep them apart.
Lewell’yn, Tian, and Kay seem to find themselves in one fix after another. More than one twist pops up that will surprise the reader, but for each question that is answered, there are just as many that aren’t. Readers should also know that there is a rape scene in this story. The scene just tore at my heart and I found myself just as devasted as the characters.
If you are a fan of science fiction stories, then you really need to give Tian’s Hero a try. If, like me, you find yourself having a hard time getting into the book in the beginning, than hang on because this really is one story you should not miss. In the end I am glad I stuck it out, and can’t wait for the next book in this series.
Reviewed by: Lydia