Bought this book especially to find out how Adam and Eve get together but also how Oliver got healed. Sadly, as happens with short stories, the main plot is sort of explored but the two main sidelines - Adam finding his mother and twin sister he never knew he had and Oliver's miraculous healing - are merely touched upon which I find an extreme shame. Maybe, in this instance, this storyline should have been treated to a full book - there was definitely more than enough material to extend this tale from 90 pages to the full 270 ... essentially using 90 pages each for every story part touched in this issue. With Kate Douglas usually dealing with various issues in great detail, I am sure she would have succeeded in doing it here as with other stories in the past - Chanku Destiny, in my opinion at least, would have been much better as a full story rather than a short.
Abundance by Deanna Lee I very much enjoyed and found to be perfectly suited as a short story. This tale essentially concentrates on two people meeting in the middle of a jungle, her having crash landed on a planet that is essentially off limits and him spending a year in solitude finding the intruder and being determined to protect her from harm. Naturally, all is not as it seems and as time passes more and more details become apparent. Overall, a most interesting and intriguing storyline with only one negative aspect - if the destiny of her sister was not meant to be known, why mention it in the first place and peak the readers interest only to then not follow through?
Tale number three - Passion of the Cat by Dawn Thompson - was not exactly your every day, run of the mill story. First of all, we return to 1810 and the wars in India ... although that may not be quite as clear cut in the beginning. The male protagonist is attacked by a snow leopard and nursed back to health by a local healer with a rather different way of healing than we are used to - only to then be sent on his way back to his troops. He is subsequently retired and we find out he is a blue blood in need of an heir ... only to find himself loosing track of time whenever the moon is full. And while I generally am none too fond of historic stories where women's value generally comes from leading a virtuous life and belonging to a male - this one has none of it really (okay, a little bit, but it's bearable) with the three main characters well defined and the storyline a joyful experience.