|This is book twenty-two of the Tales of the Citadel Series by Viola Grace. As I’ve said before, you don’t have to have read them all or in order, but in this case I do recommend reading Trained to Destroy, Tales of the Citadel, #20 which I reviewed here at The Romance Studio and Sudden Storm, #21 before reading this one. The three heroines from these books are Ichadran sisters, women who were scientifically created. Really.
This story begins with Reyan entering the city of Nekahar and being stopped by guards. Apparently they are having a drought and they seem to be sacrificing people in hopes to bring Rain. I would say it's funny, but really, when they strap you to a board and dunk you into water for five minutes, you know, to kill you, then it really isn't funny. It's a space version of water boarding or something. Well, our girl Reyan doesn't need to breathe so what is funny is when they brought the body up and she spit the water on them. From that point on the Rain was doing her thing, and I don't mean just rain. She has words with the mayor which leads to a replacement who they brought up from the jail. Yes, I was just frowning and shaking my head at that. Our new mayor is Unrik Hobbs and the two of them immediately get to work.
So, Reyan met Zeyan, from the first Tales of the Citadel book Soul Keeper maybe a year before. Zeyan worked an agreement with Reyan so Nekahar could be taken care of and Reyan would be going to the Citadel. Nice. Our temporary mayor is really Specialist Unrik Hobbs from the Citadel and he is a horticultural know-it-all. He is also some strange race which retains water, but not the same way women do. Now, consider that Reyan and her sisters are all over a thousand years old but Reyan is the only one of the three who was given people skills. She’s used these on a variety of worlds and has seen great things and terrible things. The two of them work together to build a new city and she works on her pet project. It’s a weather machine…station thingy, yes, that’s my technical jargon, and she needs to fix it so the world can be left alone to survive and live.
Both Unrik and Reyan are posted at the Morganti Base and Citadel. They arrive and the first request to Reyan is to meet with Fixer for new clothing. Ah, Fixer. She’s from Freak Factor which is one of my favorite Sector Guard stories. I almost feel as if I should be saying, Rain of Tears with a special appearance by Mala, a.k.a. Fixer. I really liked this story, and not just because we heard from Mala. This couple was good, I liked how well they worked together and how they eventually became romantic. I was going to rate this higher until I realized I liked Trained to Destroy a touch better. I have to admit I was kind of hoping to have a brief family reunion with the sisters until I realized why that probably couldn’t happen, read Trained to Destroy. I happen to love Ms. Grace’s Tales of the Citadel and I think the three Ichadran stories are totally worth reading!
Reviewer: Teresa T.