"A Futuristic Worthy of Awards!"
Ms. Spangler has written this story so well that if you
have never read any others in this series, you will not
feel lost, but will wish to immediately find the other
stories. If you have read the SHIELDER and SHADOWER
stories from this trilogy, you have been anxiously awaiting
this book and you will enjoy finding characters from those
stories in their new lives without being distracted from
SHAMARA by recaps of past stories. On the planet
Travan, women are the property of men. Eirene had been
traded by her uncle and was to become a bride of a Leor.
The Leors are renown for their fierceness and cruelty and
their ability to probe minds. It would only be a matter of
time before her husband-to-be knew her secret-- she was an
Enhancer, a race the Controllers had hunted to near
extinction as they were presently doing to the Shielders.
No telling her fate when that was discovered; in fear she
hides on a departing cargo ship. First, to be safe from
the Leors, she must make sure she was no longer a virgin
bride and what better way than going to a Pleasure Dome.
Jarek san Ranul did not usually visit the Pleasure Dome.
The last thing he expected for his evening's entertainment
was an intriguing virgin lover and a surprise attack by his
enemies that should have killed him. No one can explain
how he was healed, but he suspects his bed-partner at the
Pleasure Dome was an Enhancer. As new leader of the
Shielders, Jarek has developed a desperate plan that
requires the aid of an Enhancer. He must fight his
feelings for Eirene because his first responsibility is to
his people. He regrets repaying Eirene's lifesaving help
by imprisoning her and forcing her to use her powers to
help his people escape the Controllers. Jarek hopes to win
her cooperation by showing her the plight of his people and
taking her to meet his friends. But, by abducting Eirene,
Jarek and his friends have added a powerful new enemy --
commanding prince of the Leors looking for his bride.
The excitement of developing love and finding her full
heritage bring Eirene to life for the reader. Eirene finds
a love within her strong enough to do what is needed to
bring Jarek and his people to the safety of Shamara knowing
that it will probably cause her death. Jarek is unaware of
Eirene's possible sacrifice and must find a way to save her
by combining his Shielder powers with her Enhancer powers.
The minor story of tough Leor Commander Gunnar and
lighthearted Lani, the "blue-feather lady" from the
Pleasure Dome adds an interesting humorous element to what
at times can be an intense story.
SHIELDER and SHADOWER were both won Honorable Mention in
Paranormal Excellence [PEARL] Awards and I have confidence
that after reading SHAMARA, you will agree Ms. Spangler has
written another futuristic worthy of awards.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted September 24, 2001