"Engaging outer space novel"
Though both sides claim victory, the interstellar war
devastated the Skolians and the Aristo Traders. Pharaoh of
the Ruby Dynasty, Dyhianna Selei, obtains a fragile peace
with the nefarious Aristo Traders, but both entities know
that hostilities will continue anyway.
Dyhianna learns first hand that the "cold war" remains
hot as she surfaces on a humanoid planet after making a
desperate leap to escape her enemies' effort to kill her
and her family. Her foes pursue Dyhianna, but she is
rescued by a Skolian battle cruiser, only to learn that her
invention the psychic-Internet no longer exists and that
the Aristos haves captured her husband, Prince Eldrin. A
desperate Dyhianna knows that Eldrin's psychic abilities
accompanied by the ancient Lock the enemy controls will
give the edge to the Aristos. She turns to her former
spouse and his special kids on Earth as a last resort to
stop the Aristo Traders from conquering her people.
SPHERICAL HARMONIC, the seventh Skolian tale is an
engaging outer space novel that will excite fans of the
series. The story line hops around the galaxy faster than
the speed of light, but that is a two edged light saber as
the action never stops, but the subplots do not fully
mesh. Catherine Asaro's audience will enjoy this novel
because it is fun to watch the wonderful gender bender
heroine struggle to save her people at what might cost her
the lives of her family.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 17, 2001