On Travan, Eireen is stunned when her avaricious Uncle
Vaden informs her that he bartered her as a virgin bride to
the powerful Leors for a trade route. Though she knows as
a female that she has no rights, she pleads with her uncle
to reconsider especially since she possesses healing
powers. He tells his niece that her virginity is worth
more than her healing prowess, or else he would have
sampled the goods. Eireen knows that her mind-seeing
future spouse will quickly learn she is an Enhancer, a
trait that will mean her demise.
Desperate to escape, Eireen must rid herself of her
virginity so she enters the pleasure dome where she meets
Shielder Jarek san Ranul, who is left dead by his foes.
Jarek fully recovers and he realizes the virgin with him
had to be an Enhancer using healing powers to save his
life. He believes that Eireen could be the key to saving
the Shielders from the genocide of the Controllers.
However, he soon finds his responsibility as a leader
conflicting with the needs of his heart to protect Eireen,
the woman he loves.
With SHIELDER, SHADOWER, and now SHAMARA,
Spangler has earned a high place among the elite of the
science fiction romance sub-genre. The story line of her
current tale is fast-paced, loaded with action that will
please fans of both genres and adheres to the principles of
the society that the author depicted in the previous
novels. Eirene is a strong heroine while Jarek is trapped
in a dilemma because he needs to endanger the woman he
wants to keep safe leading to a superb story.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 22, 2001