Series: Terran Times Second Wave, 18
Genre and Pairing:Sci-fi and M/F
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Ariadne loves calligraphy, the pen and ink meeting paper and the strange rituals that go with it. It gives her a focus and a reason to move forward, day by day. The rituals move her along, and it is her skill with the pen that gets her into the Volunteer Program.
Training as a scribe brings her to the empire of Hredu as the means to slow the flow of requests to the emperor. She has no idea that she was summoned there for more than her penmanship.
Usorn has led his people for years, but he needs an heir and a woman who is genetically neutral is his only option. If she can double as a scribe, it is a win-win situation.
Viola Grace is one of my go to authors when I have a few moments and want a quick read. She is a master at providing a complete story with very few words. I always feel like I have gotten my monies worth and Neutral was no exception.Ms. Grace always gives us a unique take on something that seems so normal and Ariadne was no exception. I mean we have a woman that loves to put pen to paper, what’s so special about that? Well Ms. Grace has shown us a need that Ariadne can fill doing something she loves. She not only gets to do something fulfilling with her passion, she gets to learn more and provide a needed skill that has far reaching consequences. I love that Ms. Grace makes something so simple and elevates it to special. And then she combines that with love in such a way it feels natural. Usorn has ulterior motives for bringing Ariadne to him. She fulfills a need for both his world and him. I love that in spite of her importance he still takes the time to court her. She has very little choice once she reaches him but he allows her the illusion which I very much adored. He took the time to learn about and understand who Ariadne was and what was important to her. Even as he allowed her to see the man and not the title. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and can’t wait to see where Ms. Grace will take us next.
Five Shooting Stars