Author: Tanya Huff
Summary: Valor's Choice - Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr was a battle-hardened professional. So when she and her platoon were yanked from a well-deserved leave for what was supposed to be "easy" duty as the honor guard for a diplomatic mission to the non-Confederation world of the Silsviss, she was ready for anything. Sure, there'd been rumors of the Ohters - the sworn enemies of the Confederation - being spotted in this sector of space. But there were always rumors. The key thing was to recruit the Silsviss into the Confederation before the Others attacked or claimed these lizardlike warriors for their side. And everything seemed to be going perfectly. Maybe too perfectly...
The better part of Valor - Never tell a two-star general what you really think of him. That was the mistake Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr had made with General Morris. And Torin's reward - or punishment - was to be separated from ther platoon and sent off on what might prove an extremely perilous assignment. She was commandeered to protect a scientific expedition to a newly discovered and seemingly derelict spaceship of truly epic proportions. Only time would tell whether the ship was what it appeared to be, or a trap created by the Others - or the work of an unkown alien race with an agenda that could prove all too hostile to ohter life-forms...
I really like this one. I like the world this is set in. I love the characters. I love the plots. I've been highly entertained while reading this. ♥
The world/universe is not something incredible new - two sides fighting each other. But, I like how the world is build with old races that feel that they are above war and therefore need to add young races to the Confederation who will fight the war for them. And humans being one of the three younger races to do so. And since humans have been the first, the military and the names for things are human - with some names and things slowly getting changed when the other two younger races, the Krai and the di'Taykan, have been added. I love it.
I also love the Krai and the di'Taykan a lot. I mean, we don't get to know that much about the Krai in these two books but what we see of them? Fascinating. They basically have the most indestructible digestive system. Things can be deadly for every other races to eat? The Krai can eat it.
And the di'Taykan? OMG. I love them. They can show their emotion/feelings with their hair. Which moves. I love them. I love them. I love them. Also, their comfortableness with sex and the fact that they produce pheromons that are enciting to most other races? Awesome.
And, the snark/teasing/ribbing for both races that comes from this and they give the humans for their characteristics? Awesome.
I love Torin. She's so awesome. Kickass. Taking names. Vulnerable. Enjoying her job. Being there for her people but also kicking their butts if necessary. I love it.
Also, Marines in space!!!! ♥
Yeah, there have been a few things that I've been not that fond of/didn't like (like, that once again my favourite supporting/minor characters got killed off or the kind of love story with Ryder) but they didn't manage to make me like the book less. :)
I'm so looking forward to read more about Torin and her adventures.