Five Star, June 2004, 25.95, 207 pp.
The planet Nentesh is located in an isolated part of space that is only accessible to outworlders once every twenty years when the wormhole appears. When it opens, people from all over the universe travel to see this almost mythological orb whose residents welcome visitors with the festival of Ingress. The people of Nentesh trade for new technology, visit family and make arrangements to see the rest of the galaxy.
During the last Ingress an abandoned baby was adopted by the locals, and Swan, an outworlder, came to make a home for herself on this world since her old life was destroyed. Swan has found a mate Ula, who left the outlander tribes to come to the city. Aren, who is friend to both of them, is afraid he is going insane as he sees things that aren't there. Swan is positive that the outworlder who destroyed her world is coming to Nentesh and she has planned for years to make him pay. What she does not know is that her revenge puts not only her own life but Aren's in danger.
Readers will feel that the planet Nentesh feels as real to them as Earth does because Jessica Reisman does such a good job of describing the culture and landscape. The characters also seem genuine because they behave in a manner similar to our own. Much of the story revolves around Swan's mysterious plan to get revenge on her enemy but there are many light hearted scenes as the people get ready to greet the outworlders. THE Z RADIANT will be enjoyed by the futuristic crime thriller audience and fans of Brigadoon though in outer space.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner