Thursday, May 20, 2010

Healing in His Wings

Title: Healing in His Wings
Author: Ariel Tachna
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61581-408-4
Genre: {M/M} Futuristic
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

The Starfire is on a five year mission, exploring the outer reaches of space, when it’s crew contracts a mysterious and deadly illness and their medical personnel is unable to stop the spread. As more crewmembers become sick and die, the captain doesn’t have any choice but to appeal for help from the healers on an uncharted planet. When sick patients are transferred to the planet’s surface, First Officer Ryan Nelson accompanies them to act as a liaison. To make his transition to planetary life easier, he’s put under the supervision of a senior healer apprentice, Juo-ta-ri.

There’s an instant attraction between Ryan and Juo, but before they can do little more than begin to explore the magnetic pull they feel for each other, Ryan is struck by the same illness already endangering The Starfire’s crew. It’s up to Juo to keep his new lover’s high fever under control, before the hallucinations and painful muscle spasms kill him.

Healing in His Wings was originally published by Dreamspinner Press as a short story in the anthology Size Matters. This novella begins the loving relationship between Ryan and Juo, and you can see more of them in Hot Cargo by Ariel Tachna and Nicki Bennett, which takes place several years later.

I first became acquainted Ryan and Juo in the aforementioned Hot Cargo and while they played a small part in that release, it was nonetheless important. It also left me with questions about these two intriguing men that I never expected to get answered, so I was thrilled when I learned of the release of Healing in His Wings. It satisfied my needs and filled in the blanks, answering the questions that had plagued me.

The story of how space officer Ryan and winged healer Juo get together is many things—it’s a nice blend of science fiction and fantasy, is filled with interesting and unique characters and has a creative storyline set in a well-thought-out and constructed world that caught my interest immediately. Most importantly, the story has a believable, realistic attraction between Ryan and Juo. These men are good together and despite their differences - physically and culturally - their new relationship works for them. I, for one, would like to see more of these characters and the world they inhabit in another release…and if I get to see their friends, Peter and Blaise, all the better.

1 comment:

Ariel Tachna said...

Thank you for the review! Nicki and I have written another story in this universe. We're waiting to hear if it's been accepted.