Kinsman's Oath Book Summary and Study Guide

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Berkley, May 2004, 6.99, 416 pp.
ISBN: 0425196550

Two decades ago, war between humanity and the Shaauri broke out. Most of the Kinsmen, humans with telepathic abilities, supported the Shaauri against their own kind. Abductions were not uncommon and a young Ronan velKalevi was taken as a lad by the Shaauri during the early days of the conflict
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Now Ronan tries to escape from his captivity. Blockade runner Captain Cynara D'Accorso of the Pegasus sees Ronan flee a Shaauri warship, but though her better judgment says to stay out of this potentially dangerous scenario, she rescues him. When she realizes he is telepathic she becomes concerned because many of those with that skill joined the enemy. Though extremely attracted to him, she wonders if he is a mole sent out to stop activities like hers. Ronan, unused to human contact finds himself in love with his rescuer, but is not sure how to prove he wants to be on her side.

Returning to the “Kinsman” universe that she first described in an OUT OF THIS WORLD novella, Susan Krinard furbishes science fiction romance readers with a wonderful tale of a future in space marred by armed conflict. The delightful story line hooks readers of both genres with its descriptive insight into a galaxy under siege while also providing two wonderful characters wondering whether they should be loving partners or disillusioned antagonists.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   two lovers coping with tough mission Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   feelings of a human growing up among aliens Human/magical couple?    -   Yes Type of couple:    -   Both human, he has mental powers

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   fighter (air/space) pilot Age:    -   20's-30's


Spaceship setting:    -   futuristic human freighter/transport Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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