As Daniel ponders the lessons to be learned from Elakdon’s rising a thousand years ago, as recounted in the last book, History of Beauty, he must face what to do about relations with the modern-day humans that attacked what are now his people. As always, his lovers Seldon and Caledon are there to help him, along with the old king Elakdon.
Seven books into this series, the story line is still engaging, with fresh ideas and even a few new characters we might be seeing more of in the next books. Daniel and his two lovers remain the center of attention, as each attempts to deal with all the problems facing the Cubi in the modern age. Daniel is far from your typical 19 year-old, but that’s part of the fantasy of the story line. There’s still enough of a typical human’s doubt and angst to make him believable.
As I’ve already implied, this book turned out to be a real page-turner. With effectively three main characters, all working to fulfill their own responsibilities, there’s a lot of action going on which keeps the pace moving. That might sound confusing, and it potentially is, but the author is very good about giving cues to the reader about what one of the characters is trying to do, as well as jog your memory as to who some of the minor characters are, and there are a lot of those, too.
Although Seldon and Caledon have their own struggles to deal with, Daniel is still the heart of the story, and perhaps the most relatable. We see the Cubi world, with its sometimes brutal form of justice, through Daniel’s eyes, and he reacts in just the way you’d expect a modern teenager to feel.
“Law of Beauty” is available from Amazon.