"Comic book heros come to life -- and love"
Known only to the government and with their own ruling
Council, there is a race of super-humans who are descended
from the Greek gods called Protectors.
The Venerate Council of Protectors requires Zoe Smith's
decision by her 25th birthday. Being a halfling (her
mother was human and her father a Protector), she can
choose to join the PROTECTORS or relinquish her
powers. She has super powers she must learn to control
like x-ray vision and telekinesis and she has very
heightened senses - eating chocolate is to experience
ecstasy. She disguises her superhero inclinations behind
special glasses while doing her job as school librarian.
Zoe's cousin Mordi, who is also a halfing and facing the
same decision, needs something Zoe has but doesn't know
she has. He will do just about anything to get it and
prove himself to his father, the Outcast Hieronymous.
Private detective George Taylor seeks a missing magical
stone for a client - something called Aphrodite's Girdle.
His investigation leads to Zoe. As they fall in love,
they also must team up to prevent an Outcast attempt for
This super-hero novel has mixed fantasy, adventure,
romance and comedy into a wonderfully entertaining story.
We see Deena and Hoop from Ms. Kenner's first fantasy THE
CAT'S FANCY join in the action again as secondary
characters. I loved Zoe's cover model brother with his
pet, Elmer the ferret (I believe the next APHRODITE book
is theirs). APHRODITE'S KISS is the first of hopefully
several PROTECTOR books Ms. Kenner will entertain us with.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted May 6, 2003