External Relations is set after Izzie Withione becomes Director of External relations. I’m going to copy the blurb here because it is better than what I’m going to write with this exhausted brain of mine.
“The Granite Peak Colony has been discovered, lost rediscovered, fought over . . . And now the Department of Interdimensional Security and Cooperation has informed all parties to come to an accommodation peacefully–or they’ll impose one.
Izzo Withione Alcairo had been appointed Director of External Relations and told to clean up internal corruption and nepotism. Now it looks like he’s going to have to do it while engaging in cross dimensional diplomacy. With a pregnant wife, a gothic horror of a residence, and a sexy young princess throwing herself at him, it’s going to be an interesting first year.”
All the colonists want to have this world to themselves. However Xen and his sister are invested in removing the colonists so that the natives can have the world to themselves. There is a lot of intrigue and suspense with the humor that Uphoff is known to bring to her writing.
I enjoyed this one a lot. I would recommend reading from the beginning book. Still this book can work as a stand-alone. I prefer to read her books in sequence.
If you like a hybrid of sci-fi and magic, this is the writer to read.