Black on Black by K. D. Wentworth

Published: 1999

Genre: science fiction

Length: 352 pages

Setting: the planet Anktan, far future

Interest: It was a random book picked off my Kindle while I was in the hospital

Summary: Heyoka is a hrinn, stolen off his world as a child and raised on Earth. He’s back at his home planet, hoping to reconnect with his past and learn why he was taken. Heyoka is joined on Anktan by his partner, Mitsu. He’s hampered by a lack of knowledge of hrinn culture where he’s seen as a Messiah figure because of his fur coloration. Mitsu is injured in an early encounter with the hrinn and then healed by the Restoreres. When she returns to the Field Station, the Director is convinced she’s there to spy on him. Turns out, he’s working for a secret flek base. The flek are another alien race whose goal is to wipe out all other life forms. Heyoka leads a hrinn attack on the flek base in order to save the planet.

Final thoughts: A fun little romp through an alien world. We got to see Heyoka try to fit himslef into his native culture, but ultimately realize he’ll never be completely hrinn or completely human. The flek were unmitigated evil (no shades of grey there) and served to draw the hrinn together for a common goal around the reluctant leadership of Heyoka. Nothing too mentally taxing, but enjoyable nonetheless. If you’re interested in the book, you’re better off ordering from Baen than Amazon.

Title comes from: Heyoka was the mythical black-on-black coloration that has super hrinn powers (they have an overcoat and an undercoat of fur).

Reading challenges fulfilled: 72/100 in my 100 Book Challenge

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