Intercession by M.A. Abraham – Review & Giveaway
In the history of the Tantalarian people, The Tribunal Elder is the only one who ever stood up to the Tribunal. He did that when he was a Tribune, and managed to live to eventually lead it. He had disagreed with a decision the counsel made and acted on it. In protest; he cut off his ceremonial braid and threw the discarded plait onto the floor at The Elder’s feet, and refused to ever wear a braid again. His action was considered an insult, to the Elder of that time, as well as the Tribunal. The spirit of the man, who was, still lives in the ruler who is now.
The Tribunal Elder has lived through more millennium than he cares to think about. He is not the type to shirk his duties. He is a force to recon with; yet he is known to be a kind man. To settle a dispute between the Martians and the Human settlers, he is being forced to take the mother ship that they had arrived on Tantalus with many eons before back into space. This, he is not happy about.
The message from the Martians is clear, remove the settlers from the surface of their planet, or they will die. The Tribunal Elder soon discovers there is more to this than those who are command know about, for the act that precipitated this action had multiple events. Someone is working in the background, manipulating forces, to create a power struggle between the two species.
Will he allow the Tantalarians to be pulled into a conflict that they have and want nothing to do with?
Intercession by M.A. Abraham is the 4th book in her Tantalus series. M. A. Abraham once again gives us an exciting and tense story as we return to the world of Tantalus. Intercession picks up shortly after the last book ended. A brief refresher of the premise of Tantalus: This is a Sci-Fi story about two species (Humans & Tantalarians) that are forced to work together on the planet Tantalus.
The Tribunal Elder has been requested to go to Mars and remove the human settlers who live there or all humans will be killed. He gathers a team made up of Tantalarians and human leaders who have migrated nicely in Tantalus. The purpose is to find out the what and why causing this issue. The Elder wants only mated men, as the Sirens from Mars are known to use their ability to get what they want by using alluring spells; and the mated men are immune to those spells. He also wants Terec & Adele (our previous book heroes) to come, especially since Adele has the ability to read people and able to see if they are lying.
When they arrive in Mars, they are greeted by the Siren leader, as well as one of the woman warriors, who threaten them. They are told that a few of the women are missing, and blame the human residents. The Elder senses there is more to the story, and with his team they meet with the resident human leaders of various ships to discover what is happening. Adele will make friends with Glynnis, one of the Siren females, who helps heal those who have been affected by sickness from contaminated water. Adele and Gynnis will play a big part in helping fix the water, and learn the truth about what is happening.
What follows is a well written and excellent story line that will have the Elder, and the Tantalarians discover the issues, as well as stopping a dangerous revolt. I loved meeting Echoes, a Siren princess, who was able to stop the revolution, and dictate punishment to those involved. I loved Adele and Terec. I also enjoyed the surprise twist was also very nice.
M.A. Abraham once again gives us an interesting, fun and different story line of the Tantalarians and Humans working together, as they try to diffuse the situation in Mars. If you enjoy fantasy, aliens, world building, then I suggest you start this series with the first book.
Reviewed by Barb
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