"a space adventure story"
This sequel to STARGAZER brings us further adventures of
mysterious Ruben, who helped save his friend from a Circe
plot. For those who wish to know about their life since
the end of
STARGAZER, Lilly and Shaun do aide Ruben during this story.
The Prologue gives us a peek into Ruben's past and court
life that he rejected but is about to endanger his
rejected his birthright as Emperor Rashad DeMarco Monaco,
the ruler's fourth wife and becomes an interstellar
With a price on his head from the false charges of
father and vivid dreams that his younger brother is in
a Circe witch, the last thing Ruben needs is to be shot
down on a
Tess is a slave with no real memory of her past and her
six-year-old son Boone is the only thing of value in her
help the crashed pilot would endanger them; so she can
Ruben the barest first-aid. When he later is recuperating
master's farm, Ruben tries to learn what Tess knows of his
and what part she had in leading him to this planet.
Ruben was an entertaining character in the first book and
continues to intrigue as his story unfolds. Tess's life
as a slave
provides a contrast to Ruben's freedom and her devotion to
is well expressed.
Although there is a well-done romance sub-plot, this is
space adventure story. Sci-fi designed cultures with
smuggling and Political intrigue build the major part of
The possibility of further plots by the Circe witches and
family remain at the end although there is the HEA
After) for Ruben and Tess as they explore a new life
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted December 30, 2006