About The Mother Element
He would destroy the universe to keep her safe. She would become death to protect him.
Terran medic Rachel Pryne was designed by the Ohnenrai to destroy their pursuing foe before all life in the known galaxy and beyond falls prey to its aggression.
Ohnenrai leader Ehtishem Mahle was tasked with deploying Rachel into their deadly enemy’s path. Falling in love with her wasn’t part of the plan, but now he desperately needs a way to wield this weapon without ending her life.
The only possible solution to galactic extinction lies with Rachel and Ehtishem, but all they want is to survive and be together. Everyone else can go straight to hell.
Review of The Mother Element
Warning: If you have not read Girl Under Glass, there may be spoilers for you. Also, if you have not read it, turn around, go back and read it first. You will be happy you did.
The Mother Element is the complex conclusion to the story that began in Girl Under Glass with Rachel Pryne escaping her earthly existence in a community where she was shunned, hassled and threatened with having her child taken away. To escape, Rachel and daughter Pearl followed Ehtishem, the alien Ohnenrai soldier she healed. She did not trust him, but he was her best option. He became her savior without knowing that she was fated to be the savior of his people. That is a very short synopsis of book 1.
Book 2 is the very tangled, multi-layered saga of Rachel and Ehtishem. There is the romance, fraught with family issues (Ehtishem’s mother), cultural differences, and political pressure. Also, the Ohnenrai people are in a fight for their existence. At first I thought this was just another one of those stories about an alien race dying out and it is, but it is also so much more.
The Ohnenrai believe they have a solution. It is the solution that is throwing the Ohnenrai into political unpheaval. It is the solution that pits son against mother. It is the solution that brings Rachel and Ehtishem together. It is the solution that will require many to make the ultimate sacrifice.
I loved this spectacular Scifi Romance. It had me constantly trying to work out so many aspects of the plot and of course, the ultimate ending. Rachel is a strong yet vulnerable woman who seems to be in an impossible situation. Ehtishem, once he has bonded with Rachel, is also in an impossible situation. The romance between Rachel and Ehtishem is the glue that holds the entire plot together. It inspires motivation, generates emotion, encourages action and gives us a reason to cheer.
The book is liberally sprinkled with Ohnenrai words and phrases. Considerable thought went into creating this language. While they are typically explained once, there were so many words, that remembering the meaning became problematic. While the book does provide a supplement chapter of Ohnenrai phrases, it is difficult to use in the e-book form. Suggestion to the author. Either use fewer alien words, or add the list of words and phrases to your website. Then a person could print it off for reference while reading. Linquists will have no problem with the Ohnenrai language.
The Mother Element is one of my favorites of all the books I read in 2019. If you are new to the series, be sure to start with Girl Under Glass and quickly follow it up with this winning SciFi Romance!
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