"An intriguing adventure story with a touch of romance"
On a far away world, in another time, a slave runs for his
life, hunted by dogs and riders who will kill him without
mercy once he is caught. Naked, exhausted, Valerik
desperately, and unsuccessfully, tries to steal a horse
from a lone traveler. But to his surprise, instead of
striking him down or leaving him to his fate, she pulls him
onto her horse and takes him with her. Madryn, his rescuer,
is a noble woman on a mysterious quest. She treats him as
an equal, renaming him Valaren Starseeker.
Thus begins "ESCAPE THE PAST", a fantasy novel by K.G.
McAbee. This is a wonderful book with strong main
characters and intriguing minor ones, living in a world
that is rich and colorful, not unlike that of an Arabian
Nights tale. Valerik is very believable as a former slave.
He does not question Madryn's taking him along with her,
does not ask what the nature of her quest is. He feels
desire for her, but does not act on it... at least not for a
while. All of this fits in well with what he is supposed
to be. Madryn is a strong female character, a former
soldier, courageous and loyal, and with a good sense of
In the background are those who watch our heroes from afar,
magic users with plans of their own. Their part in the plot
is well done, keeping us wondering just what they are up
to. All we know is that whatever it is, evil is certainly
going to be the result.
I recommend ESCAPE THE PAST for anyone looking for an
intriguing adventure story with a touch of romance.
Janet Miller © Copyright January 2002
ParaNormal Romance Reviews
Reviewed by Janet Miller
Posted January 24, 2002
Valerik had been a gladiator and then a slave. When he
murdered his Mistress, he was sentenced to death by
hunting. So Val was released to be prey and the hounds were
shortly released afterward to kill him.
Saved by the mysterious and lovely Madryn, Val accompanied
her on her self appointed mission. Unknown to them, they
were to become the champions of some magical guardians in a
war against a sorceress and her evil brother.
Previous editions: Starlight Writer Publications; ISBN:
1929034180 eBook. Paperback (October 2000) Romance
Foretold, Inc.; ISBN: 1586979922