"Is love in the future for Oracle on the planet Delphi?"
For his father, the Defense Minister, Lancer Morgan,
holofilm producer, reluctantly goes as ambassador and to
investigate Delphi. They are the survivors of ODYSSEY that
disappeared nearly 200 years ago. A scout's story of a
planet of humans with the ability to foresee the future has
the Republic's officials concerned.
Thena is a Golden Pythia, the most accurate in her
predictions. Even though she is the most accomplished
oracle on the planet Delphi, Thena can't foretell the
danger Lancer will bring to her world -- only that he can
bring destruction or prosperity. Pythas link with an
animal called a moncat [yes, cross between a monkey and
cat] and use an Observer when they predict the future.
Unlike most Pytha's, Thena remembers her predictions and
realizes that Nevan, her observer, has been slightly
changing the words of her predictions. Pytha's that
remember their prophesies as Thena's mother had, eventually
become unbalanced. Thena wonders if she may be having the
beginnings of mental illness or if Nevan is manipulating
things for his own purposes.
Thena goes against Delphi council and leaves the planet
with Lancer. One of the things she hopes for is a cure for
her mother's mental illness. Lancer and Psychiatrist
Juelle Shanard investigates the physical and mental
stresses of being a Pytha as well as the records left on
the crashed ship. Their discoveries lead to knowledge that
can be dangerous and useful. Soon Thena and Lancer are
bound in a struggle to save her people. As the mate of the
Golden Pytha becomes head of Delpi's council, their love is
forbidden, but they cannot resist. Even if they are able
to overcome the problems for survival, how will they be
able to stay together?
This is the first of 2 stories with Delphi and moncats
[cute little guy is pictured on cover of QUICKSILVER which
is sequel and Juelle's story] but you are not left hanging
at the end of the story. Both books stand on their own.
If you are a futuristic romance lover, you will soon place
this on your keeper shelf and look for other books by this
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted November 12, 2001