"Very powerful story!"

Skolian Prince Del-Kurj Valdoria Skolia, Heir to the Ruby Throne, didn't go home with the rest of his family. Instead, he's become a pawn—a very tricky one at that. Right now, he's being held on a military base and he doesn't have a lot of contact with his family, or anyone else for that matter. One of the few people who visits him is Mac. Now Mac feels sorry for Del and has taken him off the military base in the past. So when Mac offers to take Del with him to introduce a hopeful singer to his contact at Prime-Nova, Del jumps at the chance. Through a series of mishaps, Del ends up "auditioning" for one of the bigwigs at Prime-Nova and is offered a contract. After getting approval from the general in charge of Del, Mac accepts on Del's behalf and ends up becoming the new star's manager.

Eventually, Del gets together a band and even manages to move off the base into the apartment of one of his band members. Finally, Del has everything he ever wanted—the chance to live his own life without his family involved. The only problem: what will happen when they find out? Will they force Del to go home? Will they allow Del to stay on Earth? Will Del become a rock star? How will he handle performing in front of live audiences; after all he is an empath.

DIAMOND STAR is one of those stories that start out slow and then become amazingly complex. Catherine Asaro has obviously done her research into the music-making business before ever writing this story. That comes through. However, the more I read of this story, the more I learned about Del. The things he lived through, not only with his family but from his government as well is amazing. He's always been the black sheep of the family and only wanted to live his life on his own terms but was never given the chance. And I have to admit, tears did start to flow at the ending. Excellent story and one I'm glad I did read.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted October 15, 2009



Del was a rock singer. He was also the renegade son of the Ruby Dynasty, which made his career choice less than respectable, and gave him more to worry about than getting gigs and not getting cheated by recording companies, club owners, or his agent. For one thing, the Ruby Dynasty ruled the Skolian Imperialate, an interstellar Empire, which had recently had a war with another empire, the Eubian Concord. For another, Del was singing on Earth, which was part of a third interstellar civilization, and one which had an uneasy relationship with the Imperialate. Del undeniably had talent, and was rapidly rising from an unknown fringe artist to stardom. But, with his life entangled in the politics of three interstellar civilizations, whether he wanted that or not, talent might not be enough. And that factor might have much more effect than his music on the lives of trillions of people on the thousands of inhabited worlds across the galaxy.

Genre: Science Fiction


Diamond Star
(Skolian Empire: Book 13)
by Catherine Asaro

Baen Books
May 1, 2009
Available: May 5, 2009
ISBN #1416591605
EAN #9781416591603
512 pages
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