Source: borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
Date read: June 25, 2018
Valos of Sonhadra
2.5. Galvanizing Sol
7. Undying - Paperback | Kindle
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BRINGER OF DEATH…Thoughts on Undying: Oh, man. All of the Valos have drawn the short end of the stick as far as their existences after the Creators did their things and abandoned them, but Orishok really got beaten down by things. I mean...MAN. Sucks to be both the embodiment of death and totally alone in his city.
Orishok is the last of his kind — a valo shaped by the Creators to embody death. He’s stood vigil over his people for centuries, watching them fade away, one by one succumbing to the entropic energies they hold inside. With his slightest touch unwillingly bringing death to all living things, he has remained isolated in his people’s city, his heart as empty as the buildings around him…until a pale, slight female arrives and shakes the foundations of his world.
GIVER OF LIFE…
Quinn Dalton lost everything when she was convicted of murder — her sister, her niece, her budding career — but it isn’t until she’s transferred to an interstellar penitentiary that she realizes her very life is no longer her own. Her existence aboard the Concord is a nightmare, broken only when the station is torn through a wormhole and crash lands on an alien world. After waking up alone and bloodied, but somehow unharmed, she seeks shelter in an abandoned city — where she discovers an ancient, wondrous mystery. Can she survive alongside a being whose touch means death?
Good thing Quinn found her way to him. Not only did the experiments done to her give her a measure of immunity against his deadly touch, but she's a genuinely nice person and Orishok deserves someone like that. You know, because of the abandonment and standing vigil over his dead brethren thing.
Given poor Orishok's inability to touch living things, it takes a while (and a mishap or two) before things start heating up between the two of them. Mental realignments take time, you know.
I'm still digging this world and all the weird, deadly things that the survivors of the Concord are running across. *thumbs up*