"Romantic quest story is both colorful and complex"

When the people at her village including her father discovered she was a Trancer, a person with strong mental powers, they kicked Aria out of the town. To her family she was dead. She made her way to a tower where Trancers are trained to use their abilities for purposes of good and after Aria made love with a warrior, her Given, she would become an apprentice. Talon was to be her Given, to initiate her into the rules of womanhood but a coupling that was supposed to be based on passion only, turned into something so much more.

Aria becomes pregnant with Talon's child but on the day she goes into labor, the Reapers attack, killing all but Aria who they thought they left dead. They take with them Aria's best friend Iliana and Aria's newborn. When Talon discovers what was done, he vows to destroy The Reaper leader who he believes killed his son. When he journeys to their hideout, Aria insists on going with him because she knows her son lives and wants to find him and keep Talon from doing something he will regret.

Sharron McClellan is a new name in paranormal fiction but with her talent she will quickly become a fan favorite. She creates an interesting world populated with characters that are colorful, complex and stubborn in their belief systems. The love story between the hero and the heroine doesn't overshadow the quest story line that is very romantic in its own right. This reviewer hopes that Iliana, who has sacrificed so much for Talon and Aria, is given her own story complete with a happily ever after ending.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 4, 2003


He Came to Her Bed Out of Duty...
From the darkness came a ship bearing Talon, a warrior priest, whose duty was to change Aria into a woman through the ancient ceremony known as The Given. As a Trancer, Aria knows what's expected of her when Talon comes to her bed. But what happens is unexpected. . . their souls bond and she becomes pregnant. Still, duty demands that Talon leave her. But when her Tower of Sisters is attacked by the wicked Reaper Lord, Mako, and their newborn son is kidnapped, Talon is her only hope in recovering their child.

Because of Fate He Returned...
Talon had abandoned his troubled past to become a Warrior. Then duty had demanded he abandon Aria, but he will not let it do so again. He knows the man who took their son, and despite Aria's belief that their son lives, Talon knows Mako would not have spared the child's life. To avenge his son, Talon vows that Mako will die by his sword.

Now Talon and Aria must travel in search of Mako—Talon for vengeance and Aria to keep Talon, her Giver, from committing murder and destroying their bond forever.


The Given
by Sharron McClellan

Imajinn Books
June 1, 2003
Available: July 1, 2003
ISBN #1893896889
EAN #9781893896888
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