Blurb: Tonath is a planet in danger of being torn apart. Only one can inherit the knowledge to one day save the Tonathian people, and her name is Marika.
It’s been seventeen years since her father passed. Coming of age, she inherits a cattle hold, a trust account, and many gifts. One special gift is a chest, which comes with instructions that will guide her to the Bergman Mountains.
With a spaceship and the knowledge of three ancient civilizations, will she have time to access it all.. or will the Star Shifts hide the information, and drive her into the arms of her childhood love?
My review: A great read! An emotional journey of a half-alien girl with ambitions and wisdom in a failing planet ruled by men.
This is the third installment in the Chronicles of Tonath by Mari Collier. I didn’t read the first two books, and although there were times in the book where I wondered what was behind the scene – with Jack Donald and with The Silver and the Green – I didn’t need to reference back to understand.
This story follows the life of Marika, a half human, half alien girl with big ambitions in a world falling apart, a world ruled by men.
Because of Tonath’s proximity to a black hole, shifts happen that cause shattering earth quakes as well as the planet to burn every so many years.
Marika’s journey is the kind to elicit all kinds of emotion from the reader. There were times I couldn’t put the story down, needing to know what was going to happen next, others when I had my teeth gritted, others when I was biting my nails. And then there were the times where my eyes pricked – though I assure I’m woman enough to keep those tears from falling in front of my kids.
It’s a slow burn story, but the pace remains steady throughout the entire book, with plot twists, ups and downs I couldn’t predict.
The writing was good, the visualization vivid, the tone captivating. I recommend ages 15+.
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