Riasa has been working with the resistance to warn talents of the scanning bots flying overhead on schedules. The warning of eyes in the sky saved lives and families.
Rescued before she could be caught, Riasa begins life at Citadel Teklan, but she knows something is very wrong. Confronting her suspicions, she calls in help and destroys the only home she has been offered before getting assigned to a flyer with wings of stone.
Natu was disgruntled to be picking up a farmer’s daughter on Resicor, but once he met Riasa and saw her talent in action, he had to admit that he had been in the right place at the right time.
Riasa dismantled her equipment, put on her protective lenses and left the small hole with the broadcast equipment in its hidden burrow. With a few forks of hay, she covered it up completely.
Humming, she headed out of the barn and continued her chores. She worked the façade on each and every day. The drones flew overhead, seeking her signal. She glanced at them for the appropriate amount of time and returned to her work.
After two more hours outside, she returned to the farmhouse and smiled at her mother. “So, I guess tonight’s the night. I wish I could warn them that it was the last broadcast, but that isn’t going to be possible.”
“Ri, the drones have already narrowed your broadcasts down to our prefecture. You need to go before they capture you.” Her mother shook her head. “We will miss you, but it will be a relief that you are safe and thriving.”
Riasa nodded and washed her hands before helping her mother with dinner. Lobelia Zorgard was a stubborn woman, and if Riasa didn’t go outside of her free will, she would be staked out like a sacrificial lamb if it would get her off Resicor.
Peeling the tubers was therapeutic. Her mind went blank while she was scraping away.
“When are they coming?”
“During the eclipse. Be ready and be prepared to be stunned or zapped in case the drones are watching.”
An hour later, her father came in and the meal was served. They ate together as a family and watched the two celestial objects get closer and closer.
Riasa removed her lenses and looked at the sky. “It is time for me to go and check on the goats.”
She hugged each of her parents in turn and headed outside in the dark with a light and her lenses down. She heard a soft beat above her, and in seconds, she was swept into the sky and over the fields at a low altitude. She dropped her light and held tight as he swept her toward a stone edifice that had a ship clinging to the bottom side of an outcropping. He tucked his wings and they skidded inside.
She got to her feet and looked down at him, all bright lines and wide wings. Wings. He really had wings.
Riasa knows her time on Resicor is coming to an end. Her broadcasts are closer to being pinpointed and the next Alliance rescue mission will include her. Natu doesn’t normally handle rescue missions, but he knows his future depends on being on Resicor. When he meets Riasa, will she be a part of that future?
Eyes in the Sky by Viola Grace is thirty-first in the Tales of the Citadel series. Riasa’s talent allows her to see things others miss. She knows Resicor’s government is corrupt and does her part to help other talents hide. But when the government comes too close, she knows it is time to leave. Natu’s mission is to remove Riasa from Resicor. He was sent to Resicor to find his future. He drops Riasa off on Teklan base and is not surprised when their paths cross again.
While this story is technically well written, I struggled to believe the courtship of Riasa and Natu. This story felt necessary for the story arc Ms. Grace is weaving for Resicor but had little to do with romance of Natu and Riasa. I could not see how they fit. Natu did not feel necessary to Riasa other than as a bodyguard. And while Riasa appeared to have the beginnings of feelings for Natu it appeared to be less important than her growing confidence in her talent. I am a fan of this author but for me this story feel short of her previous works.
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