"Entertaining Satirical Tale"
The antagonism between the she-lords, Green Tamryn and
Claudine D'anbere probably started when they were learning
partners as children. Green was an avid student while
Claudine enjoyed being mischievous especially if her
partner was the recipient of a prank. As adults, Green
suffered losses and disasters that she believes Claudine
caused but lacks proof. One day she feels she will have
what is needed to humiliate her enemy.
The rivalry heats up as Green and Claudine pursue the
same male, unconventional Jorlan Raynan as name bearer to
produce an heir. Jorlan wants to reject both suitors
because he fears marriage means giving up his
independence. Green marries Jorlan, but their road to
happiness is detoured because of scandal even though a rare
love has sprung up in spite of the strict societal rules.
RITUAL OF PROOF is an engaging Regency romantic fantasy
that turns the classic roles of the Ton totally around and
upside down in a wonderful role reversal. The amusing
story line, reminiscent of Travolta's 'White Man's Burden
but with humor, is fun due to the gender bending and the
use of puns on accepted vernacular. The lead couple comes
across as real and the secondary cast supplements them in
such a manner as to make she-lords feel like the sub-genre
norm. Dara Joy lives up to her surname as she provides an
entertaining satirical tale that cries for more novels on
this reverse Regency world.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 14, 2001