This book read like an homage to my favorite sci-fi movies: Aliens, Mutant Chronicles, Matrix, Virus, Star Trek Borg. I saw inspiration from all those movies woven together to create the nemesis Bak-Lal. In this book we meet Willow and her match is Stom. She's his reward for service and he doesn't want her. As you learn in the first book, Preyfinders hunt women slated by fate for death; their being taken as a pet is actually a pardon from death. This is the way of the Preyfinders but Earth women are not following the rules the Preyfinders are used to. They are defying the technology that makes them submit as well as showing powers that the Preyfinders have never seen.
My heart went out to Stom and his devastating loss. And I could understand his anger and denial of the gift imposed on him as recognition for a job well done. That wasn't his motivation and another woman is an insult, not a prize. Willow was an odd bird and prone to impulse, leading to her situation that called for Stom's intervention. I felt this story had more meat to it than the first, as well as a more details about how things work. I found the book easier to follow than the first as a result. We do encounter Jadd and Brittany again from book one and the evolution of Brittany's powers. And I am intrigued by the Ascend. I will be looking for the next book in the series.
This is Book 2 in the new Preyfinder series. Book 1, Precious Sacrifice, is currently in the anthology, Kept.
Willow has her hands full scraping out a life in a grungy neighborhood where drugs and crime are the norm. Life is hard, but it's about to get harder. Being transformed into a sexual pet for an alien warrior may be her only way out.
But Stom, the man she's been awarded to as a battle honor, has no use for a female, not when his heart is still in a million pieces.
Though the need to be Stom's mate is overwhelming her, mending his heart isn't going to be enough. His enemies are searching, looking for the women who are more than they seem, but she's in their hands before she discovers she's more-than-human.
Sometimes it sucks to be a chosen one.