"A beautiful science fiction romance"
In the far distant future, Earth has advanced so far
technologically that she has colonized many planets in
quite a few galaxies. On the planet of Baldos, a woman who
thought she was barren contracted to have a child that was
gestated in a gene tank. When Jenna Starborn was born, the
woman now pregnant with her son, treated Jenna cruelly,
refusing to adopt her.
Eventually, the authorities took her out of the home
and ensconced her on Lora where she went to school at Lora
Tech and learned to be a nuclear technician. After she
graduates, she applies and obtains a job as a generator
tech on the planet Fieldstar. Her employer Everett
Ravenback of the domed estate of Thornafone Park falls in
love with Jenna and asks her to marry him, but on her
wedding day she learns a truth about him that causes her to
flee across the galaxies in fear.
Sharon Shinn, like Anne McCaffrey and Catherine Asaro
redefines the boundaries of the science fiction romance
genre and in doing so creates a memorable, beautiful work.
The heroine, a woman looked down by the elite of the
galaxy, is a strong-minded and moral person who will not
break her own ethical code even if it means giving up the
man she loves. Jenna Starborn, in the decades to come,
will be a cult classic.
Harriet Klausner - Copyright © 2002
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 7, 2002