Barbarian Mine by Ruby Dixon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 😪😵😑🥺🥰
The heroine: Harlow – she went to sleep in her own bed contemplating the fact that she would be soon facing Chemotherapy for Cancer. She woke up in a cryopod and was told that she was abducted by aliens, her ship crash landed on a freezing planet, she now has a parasitic symbiote inside her and she is cancer free because of it.
The Hero: Rukh – He is one of the barbarians (Sa’Qui) on the ice planet. He is brother to Rohosh and has been missing and thought dead since he was a child. He grew up with his father who told Rukh that the other Sa’Qui on the planet were ‘bad ones’ and he should stay away from them. So even years after his father’s death, he remains alone.
The Story: When Rukh comes across Harlow, he knocks her over the head and abducts her to his cave. They resonate to each other, but Rukh doesn’t know what that means since he grew up apart from the other group of Sa’Qui. He also can’t communicate with Harlow since he doesn’t have a language translator implant.
The lack of communication bothers me. I would have liked them to figure that out earlier. Also I don’t see why Harlow was so ok with leaving the other group and didn’t make more of an effort to show him that they are friendly and rejoin the group along with Rukh.
Like most of the other books in this series, this book was told in dual points of view in dual narration. The narrators were Mason Lloyd and Hollie Jackson. Hollie Jackson is not one of my favorite narrators, but she is OK. Mason Lloyd does a good job with the barbarians and I like his voice.
Despite the communication issues, I liked the interactions between the two characters and like the way each of these books go in a different direction than the ones before. This has been my favorite one so far. I really liked the fact that they were off on their own for a while and the fact that Rukh needs to learn so much. Harlow is a terrific teacher and she is so patient with Rukh and so easy going, she takes things as they come and rolls with the flow.
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