Tethered by Pippa Jay

TetheredSource: Own collection
Format: Kindle ebook
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Rachel

She can kill with a kiss. But can assassin Tyree also heal one man’s grief, and bring peace to a galaxy threatened by war?

For Tyree of the Su, being an assassin isn’t simply something she was trained for. It’s the sole reason for her existence. A genetically enhanced clone—one of many in Refuge—she’s about to learn her secluded lifestyle, and that of all her kind, is under threat by a race capable of neutralizing their special talents to leave them defenseless.

For Zander D’joren, being a diplomat has not only cost him his appearance, but also the love of his life. Scarred, grieving, he must nonetheless continue in his role as co-delegate to the fearsome Tier-vane or risk a conflict that could only end one way.

Now both of them need to keep each other alive and maintain a perilous deception long enough to renegotiate the treaty with the Tier-vane, or throw their people into a war that could wipe out Terrans and Inc-Su alike. But there’s more at stake than humanity, whether true or modified. Can the love growing between them save them both? Or merely hasten their destruction?

This novella was everything I expect from a Pippa Jay story, with the right mix of action and romance. Only two complaints. It wasn’t long enough, and I missed having the hero’s POV. The story still worked without it, and it would have been difficult to keep it to the required length by adding Zander. Still, Pippa does an excellent job of showing us Zander through Tyree’s eyes.

I would have liked more detail in the romance, but again, this was limited by the length of the book. At 158 pages you can only do so much with multiple layers and really digging deep into the meat of a building relationship. I don’t read a lot of novellas because of the issues cramming everything I want to read into that short a length. Pippa does an admirable job of making sure all of her trademark stuff is included.

The title confused me at first, and I was thinking what the heck does tethering have to do with an SF twist on Greek incubi and succubi? Tethering is a process developed to help neutralize an Inc-Su assassin. It’s one of Tyree’s greatest fears, which makes the title perfect. There’s a surprising amount of background on the Inc-Su packed into this novella, yet it never drags or feels like an info-dump.

Pippa has created a very unique world here, with a group of assassins inspired by the incubus and succubus demons of Greek mythology. I want to know more about this world, and hopefully see a full length novel set in it one day.

I would hesitate to recommend this for younger readers, because Tyree does kill by using sex.

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