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"A glorious medieval fantasy that you'll be loath to put down!"

SHADOW IN STARLIGHT is a medieval fantasy that will keep the reader enthralled well into the night. Moreya Fa Yune is left in shock by an audience with the Glacian King. It would appear that her late father, who had been the king's ambassador, had arranged for her marriage to the crown prince of a distant realm. She immediately senses a wrongness, for in spite of her father's honored position, and the renowned beauty and sexual appeal of her mother's people, she possessed no royal blood. Her shock is magnified when she overhears the real reason for the unequal match. Her husband-to-be needed an heir, but had not the taste for women. A life of loneliness stretched before her.

Kaelan Preece, a rare Waniand known as the "King's Blade" and the "Warmonger", is chosen to be her escort and bodyguard for the journey. He is selected not only because of his reputation as a formidable warrior, but also because of his unique resistance to the overwhelming attractions of Yune women. He had no illusions. One such as she would have no use for a man like him at any rate. But his concealing clothing and the dark rumors about him have the opposite effect on Moreya, serving only to whet her curiosity. She cares not for whatever affliction he might possess for in truth how could she, a woman who could not even go outside without bringing destruction, judge anyone?

Proximity tends to be revealing, and once more Moreya is stunned when she finds that the man is not at all what she had been led to believe. He is glorious, and stunned that she regards him in that light. He had lived with scorn for most of his life. Still her appeals to be released from her farcical situation fall on deaf ears until the party is beset by thieves. Just when it seems the point would be moot, Moreya risks everything, revealing her own unusual affliction to spare their lives. But her heroic act also unveils the fiendish plot of a conniving king, and the true reason for the arrangement.

A meddling sorcerer has his own reasons for throwing the pair together. Unbeknownst to Preece the man had charted his course from the moment of his parents' deaths. Moreya was to be a part of that destiny. Whatever was to come, Preece could no longer allow her to be a pawn in the Glacian king's evil plot. More than this, he is undone by her open affection and her easy acceptance of him. It had a strange affect on both his body and heart. Preece knew what he had to do, but at what cost?

SHADOW IN STARLIGHT reminds me of a favorite quote, "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye." This beautiful, intelligent, remarkable heroine, seeks beneath the shrouding cowls of a reviled stranger, to reveal the beauty within long before his face and form are unmasked. Against all odds she is unforgettable, as is this tale. Highly recommended.

Copyright 2002

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted September 5, 2002

SUMMARY

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.

 

Shadow in Starlight
by Shannah Biondine

LTDBooks
February 1, 2002
ISBN #1553165284
EAN #9781553165286
226 pages
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