By S. L. Viehl
NINTH within the "CONTINUOUSLY impressive AND DEVIOUSLY WRITEN" SERIES
Genetically engineered interstellar health professional Dr. Cherijo Torin, her husband Duncan Reever, and a handpicked group trip to the planet oKia to find an odd black mineral that's the resource of an intergalactic epidemic. whilst one of many team contributors turns into contaminated, his physique slowly starts off to crystallize. whereas Cherijo races to avoid wasting the group member, mercenaries arrive within the oKia method, short of Cherijo's genes—and her close to immortality. it's going to take all of her talents to elude the mercenaries and become aware of the black crystal's secrets and techniques prior to it's too past due.
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Far too easily—unless the stories were lies. She did not think they were. She did not know whether he would take a life just to get across a river quickly, but she feared he might. This made her begin to think of escaping from him. It made her think longingly of her people, her compound, her home . . Yet she made herself womanly for him at night. He never had to ask her to do this. She did it because she wanted to, because in spite of her doubts and fears, he pleased her very much. She went to him as she had gone to her first husband, a man for whom she had cared deeply, and to her surprise, Doro treated her much as her first husband had.
People too valuable to be casually killed," he said. " He gave her a long silent look, then spoke with that same softness. "I may have to go to them, Anyanwu. " She could not recall ever having been threatened so gently—or so effectively. Her sons . . "Come," she whispered. " With concealed excitement, Doro followed the small, wizened woman to her tiny compound. The compound wall—made of red clay and over six feet high—would give them the privacy Anyanwu wanted. "My sons would do you no good," she told him as they walked.
He was young—not yet thirty, she thought. Surely too young to be any threat to her. Yet something about him worried her. His sudden openness after so much stealth, perhaps. Who was he? What did he want? When he was near enough, he spoke to her, and his words made her frown in confusion. They were foreign words, completely incomprehensible to her, but there was a strange familiarity to them—as though she should have understood. She stood up, concealing uncharacteristic nervousness. " she asked. He lifted his head slightly as she spoke, seemed to listen.
Crystal Healer (Stardoc, Book 9) by S. L. Viehl