Also in this series: Grim, Ynyr
Series: Tornians #2
Published by Self Published By Author on August 30th 2014
Genres: Science Fiction Romance
Source: Self Purchased
Emperor Wray Vasteri is the ruler of the Tornian Empire, his House has ruled the Empire ever since the great infection struck over five hundred years ago and he fears he will be the last. The number of compatible females is dwindling faster than anyone knows and if compatible females aren’t found soon their entire civilization will cease to exist. It’s the reason he agreed to meet with Liron the Emperor of the Kaliszian Empire in Kaliszian space. The only reason they crossed paths with a Ganglian ship leaving Tornian space. The only reason the small female was discovered. Could she be what they’ve been searching for?
Kim Teel has had a hard life, at least she thought she had until her parents were suddenly killed and her sister disappears. At nineteen she realizes she’s been protected from all of life’s hardships, been taken care of her entire life, expecting and accepting it, she’d been terribly spoiled. Determined to change her ways, Kim goes looking for her sister only to be captured by the Ganglians and it is then that she learns what happens to the ‘unprotected’ females of the universe.
Wray finds himself drawn to the small female he finds beaten and abused on the Ganglian ship. She resembles a Tornian female but is much smaller. Could she be what he’s been searching for? Wray and Kim are both doing the same thing, trying to survive. But what they find is that there are more important things then just survival. And once they learn that the universe changes forever.
Wray is the second book in the Tornian series and was the last book of the series that I read (which doesn’t count the novellas) and I have to say that even though I adored this couple in so many ways especially in the ways that we see them in book one Wray. I will say that this is probably my least favorite book of the series. Not saying I didn’t enjoy this book because I truly loved it, but it didn’t have the thrill or chemistry that I felt in the other books but there are some unique dynamics in this story that the others books don’t have.
Wray begins with our heroine, Kim, while searching for her missing sister and her brother in law is kidnapped by Ganglians, where she is raped and beaten and when Wray comes across the Ganglian ship and rescue the slaves on the ship, he finds Kim barely alive. He heals most of her injuries until they are attacked and their shuttle is forced to set down on a planet. This is where the relationship between Wray and Kim really develops and some real intense feelings form between them. Once Wray’s men find him and Kim, this is where Wray tells Kim the truth about who he really is….an emperor and that he wants Kim as his empress. And we see that Kim doesn’t take Wray not telling her the truth very well. But I did like the way that this hero grovels when he is in the wrong. Wray and Kim work through the delicate politics and treachery of enemies.
This story takes place right before Grim (the first book in the series) so we get some great background information on a couple that makes an impression on the reader through the books. I did enjoy seeing this story develop in many ways, and seeing Kim (normal human being) work through her new life and responsibilities and showing the Tornian’s that there is another and better way to live. We see some more in-depth knowledge of the Tornian culture and history and why they were cursed by the “goddess”. Another aspect I enjoyed seeing was Tora. Tora is Wray’s son, who is full grown and I just love the way that Kim wins him over, which isn’t easy. Kim is so different from the females they know and I had a blast seeing her strength come through and stand on her own and strive for a different and better way for them to live.
Overall I found Wray to be an enjoyable read that takes us deeper into this Tornian world and story of immense character growth and a love story you can delve into!!