Synopsis: A newly discovered planet - peopled by elegant feline beings called Arrekhi - has requested admission into the interplanetary Cooperative League of Systems. Just out of Starbridge Academy, Magdalena Perez is thrilled to part of the liaison team that will be the first CLS representative to the planet. but there's more to this sophisticated culture than meets the eye. The Arrekhi are rumored to be skillful at dialogue - and deception. And Magdalena's empathic powers can sense a cruel secret that is being concealed. A secret that would instantly disqualify the Arrekhi from membership. A secret that has created seething pockets of underground rebellion. A secret that could plunge the entire planet into a bloodbath. (from the back of the book)
Review: This is my least favorite of all the Starbridge novels. It's boring. The only reason I finished it is because I was determined to read the entire series. The characters are meh, the action is flat and predictable and I was glad to be done. As with Ancestor's World, you spend a lot of time on a alien planet but learn very little about the aliens. I recommend the series as a whole, but this book you might skip and be none the less for.
Bookmarks: 5.5 of 10
Date Finished: 2-8-2014