Two alien races are living in sybioses. The symbiote is an energy creature of some sort. The host aliens do something violent (maybe an action in a war?) that causes the symbiotes to decide to leave. The hosts are Not Happy.

I only read the first chapter, which included a solitary symbiote that had not left its host, a kind, elderly being on the brink of death. Don't know what happened after that.

  • That sounds interesting! Well written question too. – AncientSwordRage Jan 23 '16 at 18:13
  • Do you remember when you read this? – tobiasvl Jan 28 '17 at 21:23
  • This sounds really familiar to me -- maybe from a book I read in the 80s? I think one of the main protagonists is a (human?) young woman who is hiding/not wanting to draw the attention of the former host race. The energy creatures decide to attach themselves to just very specific individuals (they don't want a whole race becoming dependent on them again), but they have to hide from that host race because they are still Not Happy. Unfortunately I cannot remember author or title! – Dinae Feb 14 '17 at 3:47
  • I read this in the very early 2000s, I think, but Inmay have had the book for a few years, and I cannot recall if I bought the book new. I think it might have had a purple cover. – Christopher Weuve Oct 15 '17 at 0:59

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