Claiming Yopin

Claiming Yopin

Claiming Yopin

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“Claiming Yopin” by RK Munin is the sixth installment in the “Hissa Warrior” series, a sci-fi alien romance saga that continues to captivate readers with its blend of interstellar action, complex relationships, and deep emotional resonance. This narrative introduces us to Mouse, a Decanted human female with a unique and burdened past, and Yopin, a Hissa warrior of remarkable size and gentleness whose bond challenges the conventions of strength and compatibility.

Mouse’s journey from a derelict spaceship to the safety of Bicoma introduces a compelling dynamic of recovery and discovery. Munin expertly explores the concept of Decanted humans, a group created through a blend of human and alien DNA, grown in vats, and sold into slavery far from Earth. This backdrop serves as a critique of commodification and displacement and establishes a universe teeming with potential mates for these women, desperate for connection and continuity of their species.


While well-intentioned, the Hissa’s eagerness to find Decanted females inadvertently triggers Mouse’s trauma, illustrating the nuanced portrayal of consent and autonomy in Munin’s universe. Mouse’s struggle for independence amidst a sea of well-meaning suitors adds layers to her character, showcasing her resilience and determination to carve out a path on her own terms.

Yopin, as her chosen protector, embodies a rare combination of physical might and emotional sensitivity. His unwavering support and understanding of Mouse’s needs highlight a mature, consensual approach to relationships, setting a standard for the other warriors. The dynamic between Mouse and Yopin transcends the usual tropes of alien romance, meditating on mutual respect, healing, and the power of being truly seen.

Munin’s world-building shines in “Claiming Yopin,” expanding the reader’s understanding of the Hissa and their customs, the political landscape of their war with the Kaklans, and the plight of the Decanted humans. The narrative seamlessly integrates these elements, driving home the themes of family, belonging, and the lengths one will go to protect loved ones.

The revelation of Mouse’s secret ability and implications are handled carefully, avoiding the pitfalls of exploiting her talents for narrative convenience. Instead, Munin uses this plot point to delve deeper into issues of trust, privacy, and the ethics of power. Yopin’s role in safeguarding Mouse’s autonomy while supporting her mission underscores the depth of their connection, making their journey not just one of romance but of profound companionship and mutual growth.

“Claiming Yopin” is more than a love story; it is a tale of overcoming adversity, embracing one’s identity, and the transformative power of understanding and acceptance. Munin’s prose is engaging, her characters well-drawn, and her plot rich with emotional and speculative complexity. This installment is a standout in the series, offering both a satisfying standalone experience and a meaningful contribution to the larger narrative arc. Fans of sci-fi romance will find “Claiming Yopin” a rewarding, heartwarming read, replete with the promise of more adventures in the intriguing universe of the “Hissa Warrior” series.

Claiming Yopin

Mouse might be a small human female and Yopin the most massive Hissa warrior there is, but it turns out they’re well matched. Mouse is anything but frail and Yopin is smitten.

After being rescued from a derelict spaceship by Hissa warriors, Mouse finds herself transported off to the distant planet of Bicoma to recover. The Hissa are kind and welcoming to her as she recuperates, overjoyed to have found another Decanted human female. Decanted humans are mix of human, Hissa and a few other species' DNA that are then grown in a vat.

Turns out that Decanted human women are breeding compatible with the Hissa. The Earth company that made them sold as most of the Decanted children as slaves away from Earth system so the Hissa are busy tracking down every Decanted woman they can find.

All of this means that every Hissa warrior she meets hopes she’ll pick him as a mate.

But every time they try to get close to her, they cause her pain. Sometimes it's bad enough to bring on a panic attack. She needs to get away. But the Hissa are much too diligent in guarding her against threats, making it impossible to sneak off Bicoma. She has no choice but reveal a secret that will force them to allow her to leave—the existence of her sisters.

Although they are at war with the Kaklans, the Hissa agrees to let Mouse travel away from the secure Bicoma system to retrieve her sisters. When she requests the massive Hissa warrior Yopin as a personal guard, everyone’s mildly surprised.

What none of them understand is that for Mouse, Yopin is everything calm. While all the other Hissa men make her head hurt, Yopin acts as a shelter for her easily overwhelmed brain. She’s never explained to anyone what she can do, fearful that once information about her ability gets out, the Hissa might overreact.

Yopin's serene presence makes it easier to keep her secrets safe.

But all those secrets will start to unravel and to her surprise, Yopin fights to remain at her side. Yopin has no intention of letting his little Mouse down. He would move planets to see that she gets what she's dreamed of, all her family together in a safe place. And he is big enough to make it happen or die trying.