Catch the Lightning
In the distant future, the Skolian empire rules one third of the human galaxy, and is the most powerful of all. For the ruling family has the power of telepathy, and through it, the ability to communicate faster than light across the interstellar space. but their most determined enemy, the Traders, who thrive on human pain, need to interbreed with a Skolian to gain their powers. And now they have her.
“...this book is excellent, and comes close to matching Primary Inversion for compulsive readability and sympathetic characters. Exciting action sidetrips, lost ruins, a funny, sympathetic Evolving Intelligence, encounters with the evil Aristos -- the book has variety and excitement.”
“Catch the Lightning hooked me and made me care about the characters, and that's what every reader wants. Kudos to Catherine Asaro for bringing hard science-fiction into the realm of romance, and doing it with style.”