Title ~ The Labyrinthian
Author ~ Sunny Morane
Pubisher ~ Samhain Publishing
Published ~ 20th January 2015
Genre ~ M/M Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopian.
A hunter should never fall for his prey.
Still nursing his latest post-mission hangover, bounty hunter Theseus jumps at a high-paying, high-risk job that sounds ridiculously easy. Yet from the moment he nabs the alleged supersoldier with sedative gas, nothing is as it seems.
On the run from the facility where he was created and raised, Taur is desperate to locate his genetically engineered brothers and sisters. To rescue them—and himself—from slavery. Waking aboard Theseus’s ship, his fury is tempered by curiosity about his captor.
Despite his doubts about his prisoner, Theseus figures it’d be risky to let Taur go—until they’re thrown together by a shared betrayal. They declare a tentative truce as they flee from a shadowy and immensely powerful organization that will stop at nothing to find them.
But as they wrestle with their growing feelings for each other, Taur and Theseus face an even greater danger. A lethal threat lurking inside Taur’s own body, waiting to explode...
A story set in the Line and Orbit world.
Warning: Contains explicit violence, sex, and gratuitous quippiness.
A Story set in the Line and Orbit world.
Originally Taur was nothing more than a job that Theseus took on because...well that was his job. In this unusual sci-fi world, Theseus is described as a bounty hunter, although given that he is willing to kill for money, I would describe him more as a mercenary. He'd been in love/lust with another hunter, Phae, but she had told him that it was over some time before, and hunting was a good way for him to get her out of his head while he was awake. In his sleep it was a little more difficult.
Taur is a little harder to get a handle on, at least in the first quarter of the book. We are told in the blurb that he is a genetically engineered being but he has clearly been designed to be strong and he has no problems with killing those people who try to kill him. Oh, and he is only three years old and not meant to make it to his fourth birthday.
Theseus had resigned himself to the idea, when he was in control of the ends. So why did it hurt this much? Why did the thought of it wrench at his gut? Taur dead. Dying. Without anyone having to lay a hand on him.
I did get a bit frustrated at this point, and I certainly hoped that the author was going to resolve that for me was a basic question. What I didn't understand is that if Taur was dying anyway, like his eleven brothers and sisters who had also escaped from, wherever and whoever, why were people trying to kill him? You may have guessed I'm an impatient reader, and to me, if both men were so intelligent, which apparently they were, then why didn't someone ask this question?
But I digress. Two hard men, killing machines, yet amongst the world building and the gory action scenes and violence, there were a few really touching moments.
I still don't understand any of it. I wasn't supposed to have it. I wasn't made for it. But I guess...If it's true, I guess it's mine...So I'll live. A universe with you...That's the universe I want to live in.
I am not a fan of MM books that include intimate scenes with females, even if they are in a dream sequence. But this book is more of a sci-fi than romance, so most readers probably wouldn't be bothered by this. Phae actually played an important part in this story, amazingly so, and she was definitely a character that readers could come to love.
I have to wonder if there is a sequel planned for this book, because even at the end there were so many unanswered questions - why were Taur and his family being hunted? Who were the people who created him? Was this whole story line part of a bigger picture? The relationship between Taur and Theseus was good and you got the impression of an HEA, but with so many other unanswered threads, the story still gave me a feeling of being unfinished.