"Strong historical fantasy"
During the reign of King Henry VIII, Rafe becomes head of
the pirate ship following the deaths of the previous
captain and first mate during a battle with the Spanish.
He leads the crew of the aptly named Defiant to safety
they traverse through the dangerous Rift that takes them
Naruihm. However, that haven is short lived as Rafe
realizes this is no longer the Atlantic.
The threat is real and even her most trusted advisors are
suspect as Queen Askana of Morevi struggles to regain the
throne of the land locked country. Desperate for someone
to trust and help her, Askana hires the outworlder Rafe as
a mercenary to unmask the female noble spies working for
her enemies. As Rafe and Askana skirmish with her
dangerous foes, they also begin to fall in love with one
another. However, a permanent relationship is doubtful
if they lose to her opponents they die and if they win she
is a queen and he is a pirate.
MOREVI: THE CHRONICLES OF RAFE AND ASKANA is a strong
historical fantasy that connects the world of the last
decade of the fifteen-century with that of another orb.
The lead characters are heroic and seem real and the
support cast augments the action. However, the key to the
powerful story line is that Morevi and its neighboring
nations seem genuine as history and culture are cleverly
interwoven into the plot. Fans of sword and sorcery
will gain plenty of pleasure from this fine work.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 11, 2003