Sinopee is not happy with her life. It's exceedingly dull
and dreary. The only thing she lives for are her yearly
visits with Luster. Once a year, he calls her through the
mirror, the only luxury item she still has, and she remains
with him for one day. One day is all she has with the man
she loves. Before her father and mother disappeared, they
gave her a box filled with letters and the mirror and told
her never to lose the box, or she would be lost somewhere
in the void of the mirror. Since she doesn't want this to
happen, Sinopee takes the box and letters with her whenever
she travels through the mirror. Sinopee is a thinker in a
world of science. The world on the other side of the mirror
is one of magic. So, when the man she loves calls, Sinopee
travels through the mirror once more.
Once again, she's with Luster, the man she loves. All the
people here are different; Luster has silver white hair and
purple eyes. His second-in-command, Glow is a giant of a
man with ebony skin and white eyes. Luster loves Sinopee as
well. The two of them are mates. They adjourn to Luster's
tent, filled with big fluffy pillows. The two of them know
they have only this day to satisfy them for the entire next
year, and so they make the best of it. While they're making
the best of things, Glow interrupts them. It turns out the
Titans are coming! They must get out of here and go to the
Citadel. The Titans use science to track them and when
Sinopee offers to help, they turn her down. They will deal
with things using magic, no science.
What is this place on the other side of the mirror? Will
Sinopee ever be able to stay with her true love, for more
than one day? Who are the Titans?
THE LUMINARIES 1: A MAN CALLED LUST is a very different
look at the future of our planet. Stephanie Burke has done
a wonderful job of portraying the bleakness the loneliness
of our world in the future. Luster is a warrior bigger than
life, with the arrogance to go with it. In our story, he's
fighting the injustices he sees in his world and trying to
gain the freedom his people need. Meanwhile, Sinopee is not
happy in her world and just wants to live with Luster on
his. And things progress in a manner totally unexpected.
This is a highly intriguing story I highly recommend
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted January 18, 2007
I am trapped in a colorless world,
One of many mindless drones,
Living an existence filled with drudgery and loneliness.
My only hope, the one thing that holds my sanity.
Escape through the mirror.
My one true lover,
Separated through time and space itself.
Vibrant and joyful, beautiful to hold.
Everything that I am not.
So when our shared world is threatened,
I will do what I must to protect it!
Now, only if we can do it in time,
before I am trapped in a hell between worlds.
But I will risk it.
I will do anything to protect the paradise
a conformist thinker like me has found.
I will protect him...
A Man Called Lust
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