"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
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.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted November 4, 2001