"A well-written science fiction romance"
Silvergard Commander Taryn Penthes of Zona is on a routine
assignment, escorting a Barian diplomatic team to the Zonan
Lady Palace. But the Bariani team is ambushed, killing
people on both sides. Unfortunately, one of those killed is
the Zonan Crown Prince's lover, putting Taryn even further
into the Prince's crosshairs.
Blademir von Stassos, leader of the Barian team, is
surprised at Taryn's fierce determination to keep his men
alive. He is, however, just as determined to keep Taryn
alive, particularly when it becomes clear that she may have
been the intended target.
As they move toward safe ground, the two must work together
to determine who is trying to kill them and why. Both are
surprised to find that their animosity to the other is
turning into something else, even as they each try to keep
I must admit that I was a little disappointed by this book.
To be honest, I had expected a lot more action in a book
that focuses on trying to stay one step ahead of a group of
assassins, and I was disappointed to find that there was a
lot more dialogue than action. Dialogue is fine in a book,
of course, but to me there was so much of it that I found
myself skipping over paragraphs of conversation. I would've
liked to have seen a better balance between action (staying
alive and one step ahead of the assassins) and dialogue
(the investigation and political ramifications).
I was also thrown off at seeing the heir to a matriarchal
society referred to as the "Crown Prince". Despite the
explanation given, I would've rather seen a different royal
title used, if the author didn't want to use "Crown
Princess". Seeing the female members of the matriarchy
referred to by male titles kept throwing me off and took my
eyes off the page every time.
Though I was disappointed by the story itself, the book was
well-written, and I would like to read more books by this
Reviewed by Charlotte Cowie
Posted February 20, 2010