Each novel in this seven book series is a stand-alone story. You don’t have to read the first to understand the others.
What can I say? My brain refused to let me write this series in order.
There is a pattern. Present, future, and distant future.
I never intended on making a series out of the Sav’ine. It just happened. Emerald Tears sat on the shelf for a year before it went into the computer. It’s hard for me to talk about Emerald Tears without giving away the plot, but here goes.
It’s the 1930’s on our world and a nightclub owner known as Emerald, keeps having a nightmare where he is murdered in a futuristic place. A beautiful cybernetic assassin knows the truth behind his dreams, but will she tell him?
It took five years after that to wonder about the characters I created. Why were they the way they were? Why did they do what they did?
I tried explaining a few of those questions in Hands of Onyx.
Ele’ana is the head of a squadguarding ‘something’on a long-haul space freighter to the outer rim planets. She can’t tell the captain who she is or why saboteurs are trying to stop his ship.
The Link is the most secret of weapons in the Sav’ine arsenal. It is their most valued enhancement linking each mind.
The Sav’ine are made up of the broke discards of the Clans. Family houses set on breeding the best soldiers for hire. Viewed as annoying toys of large corporation, the Sav’ine prove their value is beyond measure.
Questions still kept popping up.
Diamond Mind is one of those questions. Is it capable for a Sav’ine to live separated from the Hive? If a Sav’ine could, then how?
Here I had to move forward in time, where technology advanced enough so that the biotechnology could mimic the healing traits of the human body. It didn’t matter if the mind could survive if the body remained crippled do to worn parts when its host is stuck on a low-tech world. A true Clan solder was also out of the question, because of their addiction to the Link. I needed someone from the civilian realm, but one who wouldn’t or wasn’t allowed to grow dependent on the communication implant.
Sons of Amethyst goes back closer to the beginning. It answers a little about The Family. The story keeps to the Sav’ine and their relations with one another, even when the team members don’t like each other. I like to refer to this book as a retrieval mission gone horribly wrong. In a way, I wrote this one backwards because I knew how I wanted to end it but wasn’t at first certain how to get there.
Chronologically, Moonstone Child takes up where Hands of Onyx ended. It centers more on the tribesmen mentioned in the earlier books. And I do mean mention. In my original draft of Emerald Tears the creatures took a larger part but as I started editing, I realized their presence only served to slow down the book.
Here they get the spotlight as a group of young tribesmen along with natives of the planet try to help each other on a planet that is being ripped apart by more than just gravitational disruptions.
Though number sixth in the series, Bloodstone Reborn is the last in chronological order. Its answers the question of what the Sav’ine do when there’s no Family to protect. Plus, how far are they’re willing to go when the Level Fives start to become a problem.
Ale’man is a Sav’ine trained to hunt and kill those of the Hive who’ve gone insane. But how do you hunt and kill your own when the Link ties each of you together? With each death Ale’man feels his quarries death, and it takes a part of himself, and his sanity along with it. The the genetic code of a single child may hold the key to salvation if he can survive.
Pearl of Sorrow is second chronologically, but I would suggest that it be read last. What happens when a daughter and Family member becomes Sav’ine?
Pearl is in an awkward position as both the daughter of a corporate head and member of Sav’ine squad. Her compatriots view her as Family and therefore needs to be protected, but her induction into the Sav’ine classifies her as soldier. Caught between two sides, Pearl walks the no man’s land between pragmatic fighter and little sister. All the while dealing with the secret of the Link and the major glitch in its construction.
In case you’re wondering why I chose to title each with a precious stone. Don’t you think it’s fitting for a group who’ve been through so much should be viewed as valuable?
About Stacy Bender:
Author of about twenty books currently, I don’t fit perfectly into any one genre. My sci-fi and fantasy usually include a dash of mystery, a pinch of noir, a dash of humor, and are sometimes laced with horror, but usually humor. Not that I intentionally set out to do this. It just happens.