|Plot Summary of The Coelura|
|"Lady Caissa, while rejecting suitors, investigates the mystery of the coelura. She meets a strange, injured man and learns about the coelura and the danger they are in. "
Murcia, Resident Scholar
|"Lady Caissa, heir to the Ambassador of the Federated Sentient Planets to the world Demeathorn, has had duty and loyalty drilled into her since she was a young girl. Her father expects her to follow his dictates unquestioningly, even though Caissa has long since passed her childhood and is now ready for her first marriage contract. For the first time, Caissa rebels against her father's wishes and refuses to marry the boorish Gustin, heir to the Cavernus fortune and a good political ally for her father. Caissa's father doesn't understand why she cannot just endure the year-long contract marriage, beget a child and be done with it, but Caissa's heart rebels at such a cold-blooded contract. Upset and unsure of what she will do, Caissa decides to take her cruiser for a spin and hopefully hunt off some of her frustration.
Before too long Caissa realizes that she foolishly forgot to check her cruiser's solar panels and that she will run out of power before she can return to the city. She intends to fly back as far as she can and then camp and wait for the sun's rise the next day when she picks up a weak distress signal coming from the forbidden zone. When she responds, she finds the most beautiful man she has ever seen. Murell doesn't trust her, but he is wounded and his antique flyer is beyond his repair skills. Despite some suspicion on both sides, they soon find that there is a strong, instantaneous attraction between them, but what kind of future can they have? Caissa dares to dream that somehow, someway they can be together for longer, but when Murell discovers who her father is, he leaves. For Murell knows that Caissa's father will do anything to capture one of the elusive, mythical coelura - the very creatures that he has sworn to protect...
Debbie, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Coelura|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 15%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 25%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
- love among disparate social classes
- falling in love with the enemy
- info about lifeform(s)/society/phenomena
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a futuristic society
- primitive aliens
Planet outside solar system?
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
- descript of kissing
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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