"This futuristic fantasy puts a happy spin on a classic theme"
The former D'Willow had been a most disagreeable GreatLady
now she lays in stasis in a cryogenic tube on the earthship
Nuada's Sword waiting for someone to find a cure for the
virus that is killing her. Among her evil deeds were:
- Making matches knowing that she no longer had the Flair
- Sending her male relatives away from the family residence
while subjugating the females.
- Keeping the knowledge of her family's HeartMates from them.
- Being responsible for ruining the reputation of Vulg
T'Thyme and the banning of time experimentation.
All of these things now affected the new GreatLord Saille
T'Willow. Saille had been banished to the country for being
male and for having a greater flair for Matchmaking than his
MotherDam. Now he was the head of the Willow household and
greatly preferred by the rest of his family. Saille had
felt a Heartmate connection and not knowing who she was had
taken a great risk in sending his heartgift out into the
city to find her, and it had. But she had tossed it right
back out again.
Dufluer Thyme has had a lot on her plate recently. She'd
been kidnapped and nearly murdered by a cult and had also
lost her father and the family residence when his time
experiment had gone awry. She had found Saille's heartgift but
had sent it on its way. She had no luck with personal
relationships and needed no distractions from the illicit
time experiments she hoped would cure her father's good name.
Of course Saille's heartgift finds its way back to her
thanks to Dufluer's FamCat Fairyfoot who wants to live in a
GreatHouse. Now knowing who her HeartMate is, it is more
difficult for Dufluer to resist the temptation even though
he is the grandson of her enemy, but soon the two are at
odds over her experiments. Saille can't bear the thought of
his HeartMate putting herself in danger. Dufluer can't live
without practicing her primary flair and her only chance for
redeeming her father's name may be in finding the cure for
the woman who could ruin both their lives. Her rival T'Agave
will stop at nothing to make sure she fails. Both are
keeping secrets close to the vest. Will they learn to trust
of will this be their last Heart Dance?
Oh my, to think that a selfish old woman could adversely
affect so many lives, even while lying in a state of stasis!
But never fear D'Willow gets exactly what's coming to her
and so do her much beleaguered family members. Robin D.
Owens puts a fantastic new spin on the Romeo and Juliet
theme which luckily has a much happier ending on Celta!
Another great read.
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted October 8, 2007