by Tanya Huff
Reviewed by Ruby
Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr is about to start some well deserved time off when she gets called up into her Captain's office. Her and her platoon are going to be assigned as an honour guard for an diplomatic mission. The Confederation is sending a team of Ambassadors to the non-Confederation world of the Silsviss, hoping to have them sign the treaty to join the Confederation. The Others, enemies of the Confederation are pushing forwards all the time and the Confederation are on the search to find more warrior races to join and help defend them.
Not knowing why a battle platoon is being used for a diplomatic mission, Kerr calls up her troops and they are off. Things seems to be going fine at first, until their unit is shot down right in the middle of a nature preserve set aside for young Silsviss males on a hormonal high. Now with no rescue forthcoming Kerr must keep her troops, and ambassadors alive long enough to complete the mission and for the Silsviss to sign the treaty.
Another fine book by Tanya Huff. It took a little bit to get going but once it started it was fine. The one problem I had - it seems I have it with almost all Tanya Huff books - was that there were too many secondary and tertiary characters to keep straight. She just kind of drops you in the middle of this world, which is great, because the world is very detailed and well developed, but it comes along with like twenty different people that are all thrown at you. By the time you've sorted most of them out it's near the end of the book, and chances are if you don't read the next book right away you'll forget who half of them are.
Fortunately all the characters are pretty awesome that it doesn't seems that big a deal.