The Joining by Masha Holl
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Length: Short (29 pages)
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Orchid
Erik has no memories that go back more than five years. And no one knows how he's lost them. No memories, no prejudices, and an empathic ability. It makes him the perfect diplomat for the Space Guild.
Then how can he remember the woman he saved from an explosion in space? Does she hold the key to his locked past? Is she the key to his future?
Erik's life started five years ago when The Guild gave him his name and work as a first contact Guild Scout. He saves a humanoid from her wrecked ship but she seems hauntingly familiar. Flashes of ESP make him believe Shakuntala has something to do with his unknown past.
A crash landing on Shakuntala's home planet leaves them running for their lives as Earth soldiers hunt them down. Erik wonders if they will escape or if he will die without knowing the truth about himself.
This story started well and Erik's thoughts gave it depth as his past life began to unfold. I didn't really get to know Shakuntala. Although she obviously meant something to Erik, this was muddled by him not remembering where he'd met her. I was left with an incomplete feeling, wishing the story had been longer so that more meaning could have been given to both Erik and Shakuntala.
The location came alive with the author's words and I felt as if I was really in the thick of the space fight and subsequent crash landing. Eric's memory flashbacks added intrigue to the story, so that I continued reading hoping the author would reveal his true identity. Despite the few gliches I mentioned, this was still an interesting story.