Long Journey to Rneadal is about a very strong female character's sincere struggle to find herself in a society of inferiors on the verge of war. I found the prose refreshing because it was written in the old style, reminiscent of the Golden Age of Science Fiction. Similar to Frederik Pohl or James Blish, the dialog is smart, witty, and fun.
Jake Granger, captain of the Affiliation Class 10 star cruiser RELENTLESS, first meets Jessi by mistaking her for a space pirate. He later learns that she is also a renowned scientist and ambassador, well respected by the Affiliation for her uncanny abilities that Jake learns to appreciate. Finding her as breathtakingly beautiful as she is deeply mysterious, he quickly falls in love.
But Jessica Layne Hunter is not what she first appears. Akin to Heinlein's Friday, she has surprising abilities that allow her to face down ferocious beasts, defeat pursuing nomads, and master technology on any scale. From page one, the reader discovers that she is haunted by terrible nightmares. Even as she appears to be a woman of quiet social brilliance, she seeks solitude among the computers in her laboratory. But just when you think you've untangled the riddle that is Jessica, you realize you are wrong, right up until the archeological discovery on Irl.
Long Journey to Rneadal will capture your heart and your imagination as Jessica discovers the truth about herself. In spite of her amazing abilities, she falls prey to the oldest of captors: love.