Garek's one year of duty as a guard walking the walls of Garamundo was extended to two when the sky raiders appeared. Two long years away from home and his lover, Taya. When he finally returns, the town is empty. While Garek was protecting Garamundo, the sky raiders were taking their victims from his hometown.
Taya can't bear looking into the night sky. All she can see is Barit, her home planet. Impossibly, the sky raiders have brought her and their other victims to Shadow, the planet that shadows her own, and looking up makes her aware of everything she's lost. Garek is out there somewhere. She knows he'll look, but he'll never find her.
She and the other captives have to find a way to escape. Without the food and clothes the sky raiders bring them from their raids on Barit, they'll starve on the almost barren wastes of Shadow. And when they've given the sky raiders enough of what they want, that's exactly what the sky raiders will leave them to do.
She does have an idea of how she can break free--the sky raiders have brought them to Shadow to mine for ore. A very special ore which Taya has worked out is as dangerous to the sky raiders as it is valuable.
What she doesn't realize is she'll have some help with her plan. Because Garek isn't giving up. And he's even more resourceful than she could ever have imagined.
Nothing is going to keep him from Taya. Not even space itself.
Garek is a soldier with the ability to manipulate air but he was lied to and conscripted for not the original one year as planned but two! He's finally home, ready to return to his beloved Tara but when he arrives it's only to discover Tara and many others have been spirited away and are no longer on the planet!
Tara longs for freedom from the mines where she and her people are forced to work, but the aliens who have captured them have technology that is unknown to Tara's more simplistic people. Yet Tara won't give up and keeps looking for a way to defeat their captors. Unknown to her though is the fact Garek is not about to let the woman he loves go!
I found Sky Raiders very easy to read in an afternoon and it simply flowed in a way that had me eagerly turning the pages. First, I must say I loved the ever calm and resourceful Tara! She's the sort of person that thinks outside the box and if there's pressure building, then Tara is definitely someone you want on your side. Yes, there are the Sky Raiders to contend with but unfortunately there are also enemies within the camp!
The chapters switch to give both Garek’s and Tara's side of the story and I have to say there's never a dull moment. Garek is pretty gung ho and determined that nothing and no one will stand in his way. Yet even as I cheered for him, I also liked the way the author added political intrigue and it's clear changes are on the horizon.
Aliens, danger, and romance all come together here but there's a slight paranormal twist too that I feel is only just beginning to be explored. The contrast between technology and what those on planet Barit can do makes for a very interesting scenario indeed!