"I couldn't turn the pages fast enough"
When pieces of a ship are found floating in space and
identified as The Helen of Troy, the family and friends of
Tristan Mallory and Kellan Votrain are crushed. While most
grieve, Dorian Dalia refuses to believe that they are dead.
She is sure that she would have known -- would feel it
inside -- if Tristan were dead. With no leads, however,
Dorian can do nothing. Separated and lied to, Tristan and
Kellan are actually on the planet Arden, dominated by women
since a plague wiped out most of the male population
centuries earlier. Due to the plague, the planet is
quarantined, and men are kept protected in the harem
When Mara d'Jorel learns that Tristan Mallory, the noted
scientist, is in her local hospital on Arden, she rushes to
meet him. As a scientist of some repute herself, Mara
resists her government's system. As far as she is
concerned, Tristan is worth far more as a scientist than as
a breeder. The trouble lies in convincing a corrupt
government of his value.
Star-Crossed is an incredible romance set in a descriptive
futuristic society. Without being overly technical, Ms.
Byerly has created a setting full of new technology,
political intrigue, and strange creatures. From the space
battle on the first page, I was immediately swept into the
time and place of the story, and I wasn't released until
the last word.
The characters within Star-Crossed are very well-written. I
respected and cared for the good guys; I hated and feared
the bad guys; and I couldn't help but fall in love Tristan.
Tristan did have competition for my affection, however, in
the shape of a cat with human intelligence! Floppy, a rab-
cat native to Arden, occasionally stole the show from the
rest of the characters with his combination of intellect
and furry cuteness!
I found Marilynn Byerly's Star-Crossed to be a quick and
exciting read. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, and I
hope to read more from Ms. Byerly soon. Very highly
Sally G. Laturi / February, 2001
Copyright © 2001 for Paranormal
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 22, 2002