"A futuristic romance for the keeper shelf"
Jerrel is on this primitive planet to find his brother who
went missing while observing the culture. Although there is
a non-interference directive, Jerrel will do what he can to
rescue his only living relative. Duty to family is the only
thing important to him - until he meets Nareen.
Nareen's mission is imperative. The unthinkable has
happened and her home city is being attacked. Who has
stirred the beastmen to attack and why? What has Jerrel's
brother to do with this? Can Nareen and Jerrel put these
pesky emotions aside while they try to do their duties?
Nareen is a Runner who delivers messages to heads of city-
states. Those who enjoy reading about medieval messengers
will enjoy this aspect of the story. Those of us who watch
the Olympics and Triathlons can appreciate the physical
stamina and skill that job description involves. Even
beyond that skill, runners memorize their messages as well
as interpret the local conditions to report to each leader.
As one who can't remember yesterday's menu and prefers to
drive than walk, Nareen is a wonder to behold. The training
that stamped out emotion is in conflict with the unexpected
emotions she has discovered in herself. This is a well-
paced and well-developed story.
As a long-time futuristic romance fan, I have many books on
my 'keeper shelf' and among them are books by Anne Avery
including A DISTANT STAR. This is one book well worth re-
reading and if you missed it the first time round, look for
a copy and enjoy! (P.S. Ms Avery also writes under the pen-
name Kate Holmes)
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted November 5, 2006