- ISBN-10: 0425220168
- ISBN-13: 978-0425220160
I will say this - the first three books in the series work well as stand alone stories - and while this story is strong - the love affair between Clay and Talin is poignant, beautiful and powerful - but Nalini is carrying the series arc - driving the overacing plot a good bit in this book and I think if you have missed the first three books- you would still have a pleasant read this round - but you would miss many of the finer points.
I also like the way she takes on some really huge social issues - the series is full of them - but in this book Talin is a surviver of abuse - and horrible abuse at that and it takes years for Talin to cope and find herself and her courage is beautiful - but I also admire that Nalini does not glose over the difficulties and the trauma nor does she get on her soapbox. It is in my opinion very well executed!