Liam has found his place in life and in Janatjanay as palteia to Ondry. Their days begin with pleasure, then trading. When the human military makes an offer of valuable information, Ondry and Liam initially wonder if this offer is a trap, then they don’t know. Instead of providing written material on human psychology, the humans offer a xenopsychologist, a military captain, to provide the information, as long as Ondry and Prarownt allow her to explain any misunderstandings, as the humans have been hurt by certain misunderstandings in the past.
After the Grandmothers approve the trade, Ondry and Liam set out with the human captain in tow. Information is exchanged, but some of it Liam is not so sure about. While Liam and Ondry keep an eye on the captain, who seems to want to befriend them while holding back secrets, their trip to Deidell isn’t going as they expected.
Then the captain shows her true colors and while Ondry tries not to kill her, Liam realizes that more is at play between the humans and the Rownt. Although he’s walked away from the human world, he has no desire to see that world torn apart by the more advanced Rownt. But can Liam find a way to get the information to the proper authorities before a war is started?
Assimilation, Love, and Other Human Oddities is the second book in Lyn Gala’s Claimings series. I think I liked this book just a tad more than the first. While book one was a lot of world and relationship building, this story finds Liam and Ondry in a strong partnership, one in which they understand each other. They still have their minor jealousies, but it’s nice to see the growth from the first book to this one, and it’s even nicer to see that both Liam and Ondry have room to grow individually and as a couple.
This story is also more exciting. I wouldn’t exactly call it a mystery, but there is a mystery element to it with the Captain Diallo storyline. I’ll honestly say she’s one of those not-really-sure-if-she-is, not-really-sure-if-she-isn’t villains. Okay… I also wouldn’t really classify her as a complete and total villain, but she’s extremely shady. The action and conflict seem very subtle in this book until the main head-to-head and then it’s all about excitement and fun. Well, fun for everyone but Ondry.
Honestly, I wasn’t sure what I’d feel for this book in the beginning, but I really liked it, and I’m looking forward to reading the third book—and, hopefully someday, Liam’s alteration. I definitely recommend Assimilation, Love, and Other Human Oddities by Lyn Gala.