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Monday, March 9, 2009

Arienta Guardians: The Beginning by Darcy Campbell

Arienta Guardians: The Beginning by Darcy Campbell
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Sci-Fi
Length: Short (99 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Orange Blossom

Reality for Camille is no game when she has to repopulate and save a planet.

On her twenty-first birthday, computer game programmer, Camille Richards discovers that her real family is out of this world...literally. Hidden at birth for her own protection, she was given the powers of the Garnet stone. As a member of the Arienta clan from the planet Suha, she must be trained to use the Garnet Stone and return to Earth to find a consort.

That's a lot easier said than done. When Camille resumes her life, she finds the company buying the video game she created is being bought out by Trendco. This wouldn't be so bad if the man in charge wasn't an antagonistic, narcissistic, and blackmailing gamer by the name of Micah Brown. Just when she thinks it can't get much worse, she finds the war on Suha is over and it's time to begin repopulating the clan.

Too bad it has to be with Micah.

The Arienta Guardians—a new 12-part science-fiction series by Darcy Campbell. Do you like worlds far, far away? Genetically created beings secretly hidden away and meant to save not only their world but every world? Then pick up this novella and get started on a promising series.

As the story opens, we meet Camille on the approach of her 21st birthday. She has an intense sense of urgency about her and she doesn’t know why. Although adopted, she maintains some piece of her birth family in the CDs they send to her each year—old family fairy tales. Little does she know that these stories are actually true and her destiny doesn’t lie on earth creating hours of pleasure in front of a game console. She is in fact a necessary component in saving her people, the Arienta on the planet of Suha, which in turn will affect every other world as well.

Though the writing of this novella at times seemed a bit simplistic, this is an enjoyable tale for the sci-fi and romance reader. In places the pace went a bit too fast (especially at the end) and I had a hard time accepting that the characters would believe the things going on as quickly as they did. Despite this, I would encourage you to pick this up. There is a lot of potential in the storyline.

Camille was an interesting character and it was fun going along with her as she transported between her birth planet and that of Earth. Micah doesn’t come into the story until the last half. The author does a good job of pitting them against each other until the attraction is undeniable. He’s a gifted entrepreneur and writes computer code better than anyone. He’s definitely a match for Camille in every way. They both can take whatever the other one can dish out.

The Arienta Guardians is an intriguing new series. I’m curious where Ms. Campbell will take it as it continues. Definitely one to tell your friends about.