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"A Futuristic Space Opera that has it all"

I love futuristics and historical novels and l enjoyed Ms. Zimlich's first book enough to enthusiasticly recommend it to others. So, when I was told that BLACK ROSE would be a ZORRO or Scarlet Pimpernel [I loved the movie] type story with a futuristic twist, I eagerly anticipated the chance to read this story.

It has a heroine that is feisty and nobody's fool. She has a quest and her own agenda. Her uncle's plans for a forced marriage will not deter her from fulfilling her goal to prove her father's research valid. It has a hero who lives a double life. He is a rebel leader who "plays at court"... he is also an shape-shifter. If either of these facts are known, they will cost him his life. It has the evil general and controlling parents complicating the H/H's growing attraction for each other. Their adventures take them to at least 4 planets and the secondary characters' love story is a nice touch. The plot points that I look forward to in choosing an entertaining story all in one book.

So, please read this and tell me why it all did not come together for me. I had to push myself to finish this story -- and knowing that moods can sometimes effect reaction, I reread it about a month later. Unfortunately, I had the same reaction of "something not quite working" with my sympathy for the characters... mainly the hero. Having been told that it was a futuristic Scarlet Pimpernel, I expected predictability of the conflicts [that is part of the enjoyment -- anticipating how the story fills in the plot outline]. It fulfilled my expectations in all the areas mentioned except I just could not feel the enthusiasm I usually have for a futuristic story.

Courtesy: eBOOKISLE

Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted November 4, 2001

SUMMARY

I enjoyed being introduced to the Dominion in Heart's Prey,

and the continuation of this society in The Black Rose was

fun to follow.

 

The Black Rose
by Jan Zimlich

Love Spell
June 1, 2000
Available: November 4, 2006
ISBN #0505523841
EAN #9780505523846
368 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Jan Zimlich

The Shadow Prince
Heart's Prey
Not Quite Paradise


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