"Beyond the rain", the debut novel by Jess Granger, introduces the reader to a fascinating and cruel world full of great characters, love and hope.
Captain Cyani just has to survive one last brutal mission and then she can finally hope for a life of peace and silence. For years she was forced to fight by order of her scrupulous leader. Now she is dead tired and just wants to stop the fighting and killing. She and her men are ordered to free slaves from a hostile planet. When she meets and rescues captured Soren everything changes. Soren has been held captive for years because he is from a race with extraordinary abilities and is worth a lot of money on the black market. He has been horribly humiliated and abused by his captors and lost the hope to ever be free again. Cyani gives him back his hope for a better life and after meeting her Soren wants more than his freedom. He wants her to be his beloved mate but Cyani thinks that's impossible because of her obligations to her home planet and the ruling class.
"Beyond the Rain" is an amazing book that made me hungry for more. The world that Jess Granger created is a cruel and unforgiving one but there is also hope for a better life. From the first page the story was easy to read and although the world is totally different from our own I was never confused by the different races and customs. The varied worlds and races are described in a very lively way and I could clearly see them in my imagination.
A lot of evil and gut-wrenching things happen in the book however I never felt too depressed and sad because there are people who actively fight for a better and fairer future. There are as well beautiful moments of peace and happiness and they are a good balance to the evil.
Cyani and Soren are just awesome. Both are survivors and in every scene you could feel their pain but also their amazing strength. Cyani's inner conflict is heart-breaking and I rarely met a heroine who deserves a happy-end more than she does. Soren is just perfect. IMO he represents the ideal combination of strength and kindness. The way he loves Cyani and is willing to give his life for her is just amazing and I was so happy with the way their journey ended.
Furthermore I loved the secondary characters and can't wait to read more of Cyani's brother Cyn and the mysterious Yara. I also hope that "Beyond the Shadows", the next book in the series, will bring some much needed peace for the lower classes on Cyani's home planet Azra.
So all in all I absolutly enjoyed reading "Beyond the Rain" and I'm excited to see how the story will continue.