Elaina Thornton has a secret grief--a sister who is terminally ill with no hope of recovery. She too, feels broken inside--unable to do anything but grieve.
But then a prophesy is spoken--Elaina's healing and Terex's vengeance lie in the same direction, in the mysterious Dark Sector. Ships that fly into this part of the universe never return and yet this is where they must go.
Despite Elaina's fear, she is willing to risk anything to save her sister. Terex just wants revenge. Neither of them is looking for love but sometimes the Goddess has plans of her own. What awaits them in the Dark Sector--love or death?
Terex played such a vital role in earlier storylines and if absolutely frank, he wasn't exactly the guy who would have you cheering him on. He fell under the influence of a demonic type creature and then later when things seemed to be sorted, fell afoul of the Dark Kindred known as Two. Two left his body irrevocably changed but more than that, it left Terex a shadow of the warrior he had previously been. In a very dark place, Terex has struggled to regain his honour and sense of self-worth but the possibility of finally ending the dirty work wrought by Two leads him to finally step up and make a stand.
Elaina has no one really apart from her younger sister, Gina and Gina's family. Yet as Gina is terminally ill and the family struggle to cope, it's Elaina who seems to shoulder the burden. Summoned by a priestess of the Kindred, Elaina is at a loss as to what they want. Being told there's a chance of saving her sister if she undertakes a mission with Terex gives Elaina renewed hope. Slight problem though as Terex doesn't seem quite as keen, but thrown together far from Earth, they only have each other to depend on as they enter a galaxy that few ever come back from!
First off I must commend Ms Anderson on giving us a mature hero and heroine because the perfect, perky, and undoubtedly beautiful heroines can be so monotonous. Terex not only feels he has let his race down but also suffers the torment of believing it was his behaviour that helped kill his wife. So, the last thing he is expecting is the insane attraction he feels for Elaina.
Elaina has no love life as such and is aware Terex is slightly less than happy she is with him but quickly sees the male of worth that he is. Unfortunately, his slight arrogance lands them in a situation that seems to fulfil part of a prophecy. It's such a misogynistic place they end up that I'm loathe to say too much. I can say it's Elaina that felt the most comfortable with her sexuality and even though Terex wants her, his beliefs stymie him at times. They are tested and even though it's a terrible thing expected of them, together they do find their answers.
I'm so pleased Ms Anderson went back to Terex as he did seem a bit of a scapegoat. What is most intriguing though is the epilogue as it's clear there's a whole new war about to come towards Earth with very icky enemies to fight!
A copy of this was provided for me which I have voluntarily read and these comments are my own honest opinion.