|This is book twenty-three 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 I really like the series.
This story begins with Wiyra putting herself into a pod with life-support so she can check the minerals at a few sites for her family. Wiyra works for her family's mining business in space. They have a moving platform they bring to asteroids and stuff looking for minerals to mine. She needs the pod because she ends up having out of body experiences, trained of course, so she leaves her body checking things out and returns all safe and sound. Only when she returns this time, the entire platform with her pod and everyone is gone! Her astral form goes to the only person she can think of who can help find her body, Master Tracker Burin at Citadel Reevish. Burin has been trying to get Wiyra to come work with him at the Citadel for some time, her grandfather even okay'd it but didn't tell her. Wiyra and Burin spend a little time negotiating the terms for his assistance.
The two managed to not only find her body and platform but rescue her family as well. It was a helluva rescue too! I have to admit I wouldn't want to anger Wiyra... ever. After retrieving herself, um, her body and fighting off the bad guys they finally make it to the Citadel. This is where we really learn how interesting Wiyra is, especially with all the different space races in her bloodline. I guess we can say she's a mutt. We also get to meet some interesting species at the Citadel including Citadel Coordinator Shesali who is Mah-Duh-Sai. One of the things I loved about her introduction to the Citadel was the food fight, then the clothing fitting and finally the fight with the combat instructor. Wiyra held her own with each person and made this part very humorous.
I read this story before reading Factor, so until I finished that one I completely forgot about Shesali being Mah-Duh-Sai. I say this because our hero in Factor is also Mah-Duh-Sai. So, this is a wonderful story and having read both makes me want to learn more about that species. I want to read more about all these aliens and Ms. Grace is an expert planting the seed to make me want that! As usual, Ms. Grace has provided us with a nice, little story. She gave us a bit of suspense, some action, scary aliens and interesting ones too. Oh, in case you are wondering, Wiyra and Burin don't have their smexy time until later in the story, you know, when she has her body back and all. I never put the story down!
Reviewer: Teresa T.