"To say this novel is totally unlike anything I’ve ever read before would be an understatement! I’m not sure how to even describe this book as so much happens, and it seems to touch on so many elements, themes, and subjects. It is fantastical and creative, yet very intelligently so . . . I think that the pacing was done well, a nice mix with narrative and dialogue, and in my opinion, the supporting cast of characters were almost more dynamic than the main ones (almost, but not… a great balance) . . . It seems the door could be open for a continuation of the storyline in the future. I for one hope it continues, I’d love to read it! Recommend for fans of sci-fi/fantasy/romance." (5 stars) _______________________________ Lewis Brock, First Peer of the ancient Haute-Forêt family on the planet of First Home has been used to having his own way, so far as women are concerned. But when he is sent as envoy to a reclusive planet called Circe he meets a woman who will not let him have his own way. Tethyn Claibrook-Merjolaine lives her own vital and useful life on the planet she loves and plans never to leave, but although she clings fiercely to her independence, the appearance of the intriguing and commanding man disturbs her happy and comfortable existence. Circe is one of the sentient planets in the system; Circe can think, and the humans who live with her are slightly different from the humans on other planets. However, they keep themselves to themselves and do not make contact with non-thinking planets. But now Circe is reaching out to First Home, the strongest world of the solar system, because she has sensed a great danger approaching from far off in the galaxy, and she is making plans to deal with it. Tethyn must escort the envoy and his entourage on an expedition to her hidden family home where he will encounter the planet herself, see some of her powers and learn about her past. The envoy is deeply affected by the experience. During the excursion Tethyn admits to herself that she has come to love Lewis although in return she cannot hope for anything other than his desire. But desire is not enough, and when Lewis wants to take Tethyn to First Home, she refuses him. Then personal danger for Lewis arrives. An enemy has followed him from First Home, and lives begin to alter.
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Planet Woman is a truly unique science fiction novel about a sentient planet, Circe, and the humans who live on her surface. A threat emerges from a neighbouring galaxy and Circe must do what she can to save herself and her people. Lewis Brock meets a woman from Circe called Tethyn who does not simply fall at his feet as women on his own planet would. She is strong, independent, and seemingly disinterested as she escorts Lewis and his entourage to her home, but as the pair learn more about one another, feelings, and complications, develop.
Rook offers a real kaleidoscope of creativity with fresh ideas on every page; at times it feels like too much is going on, but one thing this book never is, is dull. The subtext explores relationships on many levels from the diplomatic to the romantic, and each character not only adds to the story but helps carry the author's messages about human nature and the world in which we live. Rook clearly has a lot to say, and the planet Circe is...
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