"A must read for fans of his series"
In 1837, Akoran aristocrat Gavin Hawkforte travels to the
deserted island of Deimatros where Deilos the traitor tried
to murder the prince's parents. However, he is shocked to
be greeted by a woman with a pistol. Persephone informs
him that she lives on Deimatros. She asks why he is here
and he responds that he has come to conduct measurements of
geological points to compare to a century old survey.
Persephone in turn explains that the three millennia
dormant volcano that once destroyed much of the Akoran
archipelago is awakening.
As she takes him into a cave still open to him show the
lava flow, Persephone says she lived here most of her life
with her self-exiled mother, who died a few years ago. As
Gavin and Persephone work together to try to stop a natural
disaster from happening, they fall in love. However, she
has a secret concerning her lack of family that makes it
impossible for anything permanent to occur between them
once he learns the truth.
Though another tour of reading duty at Akora may seem
tedious with the fifth trip to the island paradise, Josie
Litton keeps it fresh with a twist that brings the series
full circle (though the next tale seems already set up).
The story line focuses on to how to stop or impede the
upcoming natural disaster almost as much as it does on the
historical romance between the lead protagonists. Fans of
Akora and those Xenos among the audience will appreciate
another Akoran stamp on their passport even if it is mostly
a return to the deserted isle of the caves.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 24, 2003