"An enjoyable science fiction romance"
After his child bride dies in childbirth, Djohn-Kronos, god-
Emperor of Trigon, is determined to steal his brother's
intended bride. Djohn-Krronos thinks that it is his right to
do as he pleases. Therefore, he tricks Helispeta into
marrying him by pretending to be his twin, Devoran-Vitan.
When Helispeta realizes that she has married the evil
brother, she plots her escape.
For such a short story, MATING NET vividly describes the
alien society, that Ms. Cherry created. The characters are
fully flushed out, especially the evil God-Emperor. The only
thing that I found lacking about the story was the
interaction between the hero and heroine. Their love would
have been more convincing, if more time had been given to
All in all, MATING NET is an enjoyable science fiction
romance. I recommend it.
Courtesy Mystique Books
Reviewed by Marlene Breakfield
Posted February 18, 2006
**2005 PEARL NOMINEE - BEST NOVELLA OR SHORT STORY**
Helispeta wanted to marry well ... but not THIS well.
What is an ambitious young princess to do when she finds
herself irrevocably married to the wrong god? What is her
jilted fiance to do?
Prince Devoron-Vitan, supreme commander of the Tigron
Empire's star forces, wants to go home and find out what
star-blazes is going on. In one short gestate, his twin
brother Djohn-Kronos has killed their father, taken the
throne, nullified all existing royal betrothals, and
Then, rumors reach Devoron-Vitan that Djohn-Kronos intends
to catch Devoron-Vitan's fiancee, Helispeta, in his MATING