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Review by Riley

About Treasure of the Abyss

HIS TREASURE AND HIS OBSESSION…

Despite her longing for the sea, Macy has clung to the safety of land for half her life, devoting herself to her daily routine — until she agrees to go sailing with a childhood friend. Her fears come to fruition when a sudden storm capsizes their boat, rekindling her old terror. She awakens to a rescuer who is anything but human — and he refuses to let her go. Treated like a curiosity and a possession, she’s desperate to go home. Yet Macy is undeniably drawn to this strange creature. Can she give up her old life, her family and friends, to embrace this adventure…and Jax?

HER SAVIOR AND HER CAPTOR…

Jax the Wanderer is a hunter, an explorer, and an oddity among his kind. While other kraken are content near their dens, Jax is driven by a deep need to journey far and wide, discovering the unknown corners of the sea. Macy challenges everything he’s known; she is the most alluring creature he’s ever seen on his travels. He must possess her, though he knows it can only end in disaster. How much is he willing to forsake for the female he desires?

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Review of Treasure of the Abyss

Macy and Jax are two of a kind.  Both characters not comfortable with where life has put them.

For Macy, it is because she does not really want to marry Camrin, the man that she has known all her life.  This is despite the fact that everyone thinks she will marry him.  Macy does not have the heart to hurt Camrin and has resigned her self to her fate.

Jax is uncomfortable because he is not a homebody, like the rest of the kraken.  While they like to hang around home, Jax is always searching for something new.

Other than physical attraction, Macy and Jax don’t seem to have much else in common.  They don’t eat the same food, they don’t have any hobbies in common.  Jax is a water dweller and Macy does not like the water.    They argue a lot (Macy is a prisoner at first).  So being discontent with their own lives seems to be the reason Macy and Jax connect.  And once they do connect, they are devoted to each other, despite the complex inter-species struggles they will need to overcome.

There is much about the human society that is not told.  It appears that once they journeyed from Earth – 361 years ago.  But there is not much about how the colonists lived during that 361 years.  There are hints about humans in what you learn about the kraken society.  But those hints just made me just want to know more.

Kraken history is told via a computer data base and oral history.  There is a little more detail about them than the humans.  (This is about to get semi-spoilerish.)  The fact is, krakens were genetically engineered by the humans by combining human and cephalopod DNA.

Kraken has such a horror association, what with giant sea monsters destroying ships and eating sailors.  In Treasure of the Abyss, the term ‘monster’ remains, as it is how they are viewed by the humans.  Even Macy uses the term when first meeting Jax.

This is only the second book by Tiffany Roberts that I have read (the first was Dustwalker). But the thing both books have in common is that both include characters that are created by humans. In creating them, humans did not know what they were getting. For a while, their creation worked out just fine.  But in the case of the the kraken, humans lost out in the end.  As man creates alternative life forms, the definition of what it means to be a sentient being is redefined, not only by the new beings, but also by they way humans deal with the new beings.  This is a theme I don’t think I can ever get tired of.

I would classify this book as Scifi Romance.  There is the genetic engineering, the futuristic colonization and of course the romance between species.   Treasure of the Abyss is fast-paced and very romantic.  In this book, you will find a straight-forward story with a satisfying ending that hints of possible future stories.

The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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