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"Ian and Tee'ah make choices between love and duty -- can they have both?"

Princes Tee'ah has always chaffed at the VASH way that cloisters women. Her greatest wish is to fly and she has quietly been learning to be more than a sheltered princess. The day she passes her final test by landing her ship, her father learns of her 'disobedience' and informs her she will not be flying again. Furthermore, her betrothal will be honored even though she does not wish it. In a desperate bid for freedom, she steals a ship and escapes to the frontier.

We meet Ian Hamilton in STAR KING when his mother marries the king. He is astounded when his stepfather names him heir and feels it is his duty to act as a VASH instead of an Earth dweller to prove himself to others in the Federation. He is currently on a secret mission for his stepfather and desperately needs a pilot. The drunken young woman that approached him for aid happens to be a pilot; so he is willing to risk helping her if she agrees to fly his ship and crew.

Their adventures take them to several planets and interesting experiences in an effort to find who is trying to raise the frontier -- including Earth -- into a rebellion against the Federation. Tee'ah was a former part of the royal family; so she is aware of the politics and that Ian will be honor bound to return her to her family.  

Her love for Ian and her galaxy gives her the strength to help him on his peace mission, but she cannot allow him to send her home to a forced marriage. She finds aid in unexpected places and Ian must chose between the VASH way he has been learning and the Earth freedoms that his mother raised him. 

There is another relationship developing between Gann who we met in STAR KING and Lara, an independent tracker and pilot who hates VASH. She is helping him 'rescue Princess Tee'ah' because her ship was impounded she needs the funds for the fines. Their personalities add a bit of spice to their trip and the story.  

Ms. Grant has done well in mixing together a believable tale in a Sci-fi world. Ian's and Tee'ah's conflict between being what others wished and following his own heart was clearly written and the choices made believable. I found myself very involved with the entire crew who I am glad to say enjoyed a happy ending. BUT after his sister's stunt, I expect there will be some interesting events of 'brotherly revenge' in the next STAR book about Ilana.

The first book of this trilogy, STAR KING was 2000 P.E.A.R.L. AWARD WINNER for SCIENCE FICTION and FUTURISTIC Romance and I expect this story will be among the 'award winning books' for most futuristic readers.

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Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted January 15, 2002

SUMMARY

Ian Hamilton considered himself a typical guy, a finance major who found all the excitement he needed in the stock market and his vintage Harley. Then his stepfather offered him the crown to an empire and the reins of a mission critical to world peace. What could he do but go for the ride?

In a daring bid for freedon, Princess Tee'ah fled the world she knew for the freedom to fly. No more princes, no more rules. Both the man she wed and the life she led would be of her own choosing. But when a handsome stranger offered her a job piloting the Sun Devil, she choose the romp of a lifetime -- with the one man she should have avoided at all costs.

From ocean-dark skies to the neon-drenched streets of L.A., Tee'ah and Ian find that true adventure is learning some rules are made to be broken...and some loves are written in the stars.

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The Star Prince
(Star: Book 2)
by Susan Grant

Love Spell
November 1, 2001
Available: November 1, 2001
ISBN #0505524570
EAN #9780505524577
400 pages
Paperback
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