"Attraction and respect of hero and heroine make enjoyable fantasy even better"
SHADOW IN STARLIGHT is a fantasy romance set in another
time and another place. Moreya Fa Yune is a young
intelligent woman, the daughter of one of the most
respected ambassadors in the kingdom of Glacia.
Unfortunately, her father has died, choked to death on a
piece of meat under suspicious circumstances at King
Cronel's own table. Immediately afterwards she finds that
she is betrothed to the Crown Prince of another realm, an
oddity since while she is an attractive young woman whose
mother was a rare and highly prized Yune, a race known for
their beauty and sexual attractiveness, Moreya isn't really
a reasonable choice for a Crown Princess. Still the king
insists, and so off Moreya goes to her betrothed, with
Preese, her court appointed bodyguard in tow. Preese, also
known as the "Royal Blade" or "Warmonger", is a mysterious
man of a mysterious race called "Waniand", thought to be
part-beast, who wears a cowled robe to hide his hideously
Of course, nothing is as it seems, as is always the case
when you have corrupt kings, wizards, and the occasional
dragon making their appearance. Preese and Moreya get off
to a rocky start, but the ambassador's daughter has a lot
of her father's accepting nature in her and she makes peace
with the tall reclusive man long before she makes love with
This is one book I can recommend without hesitation.
SHADOW IN STARLIGHT was a totally delightful story with
good story telling and high marks for interesting and
diverse characters. The hero and heroine are strong
individuals who come together in attraction and respect, a
sometimes-rare aspect in books of this nature. I liked both
of them and enjoyed their relationship with each other and
with those around them.
Reviews © Copyright April 2002
Reviewed by Janet Miller
Reviewed by Janet Miller
Posted April 13, 2002
2002 PRISM AWARD Finalist:
2nd place - FANTASY
The shadow. A Waniand mercenary, cowled in black, dark and
forbidding. Preece the Warmonger, also called the Royal
Blade. Rumors about him suggest the creature beneath the
black cowl is not entirely human.
Starlight. A woman of bright gentian tresses and rare
beauty, promised in marriage to the prince regent of
another realm. Given in wedlock not as a cherished prize
but as a secret weapon meant to topple the reigning
monarchy...Unless the Warmonger can find a way to prevent
the marriage, even if it means risking both their lives in
an act of outright treason. Even if it means losing Moreya
herself, his memory, his very reason for living.
Yet Destiny has waited for just this turn in the wheel of
time and human events. A prophecy must be fulfilled, the
future of ancient bloodlines secured. Preece must return to
reclaim all he once lost - including Moreya, the Yune
beauty with the trusting innocence of a child and the
courageous heart of a dragon.