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Monday, December 29, 2008

A Greater Art

A Greater Art by Ainsley Davidson
Publisher: Amira Press
Genre: Sci-Fi
Heat Level: Spicy
Length: Full
Rating: 3.5 Books
Review by Eglantine

Newly widowed, Merianne refuses to surrender her young Lesserblood daughters to the brutal Trueblood training. She knows her children cannot have the Talents. Fleeing the deeply segregated society of Incolai, she makes a new life for her family on a backwater planet. Her fragile peace is shattered when she learns the girls are Talented.

Without instruction, her children's unique sensory abilities might destroy them. The last thing Merianne needs is a man--least of all the enigmatic freesearcher, Thorne. But when the children are kidnapped, Merianne and Thorne are pitched into danger, intrigue and undeniable love.

Merianne came to the research planet Vuetha to escape dark shadows threatening her happiness. She wants to lead a quiet life, out of sight, under the radar. She has good reason for wanting to keep a low profile. Her three beautiful daughters have special talents, and the Truebloods want them. When a Freesearcher who looks just like a Trueblood befriends her girls, Merianne mistrusts him. But Thorne doesn’t even know what a Trueblood is. He slowly starts winning Merianne’s trust, but their fragile relationship is shattered when Merianne’s whereabouts are discovered and her beloved children kidnapped. Now his uncanny resemblance to the Truebloods might be the only way Thorne can regain Merianne’s trust, win her love and save her children. If he’s not too late. And if he survives.

A Greater Art explores deeper themes than just the relationship between a man and a woman. Through this well-crafted tale Ms Davidson takes an honest look at self-esteem, prejudice, heritage and destiny. She doesn’t go haphazardly for easy answers, either, giving the reader real food for thought.

I can’t put my finger on what made me feel the book didn’t deserve a full four stars. There’s just a certain choppiness to the writing you can’t pin down. Even so, the characters are three-dimensional and convincing. Thorne’s gentle spirit is balanced by inner strength and a sharp intellect. Merianne is a convincing mother willing to sacrifice everything for her children, but also has to face the fact that, while the Truebloods’ plans for her children might not be right, she does need help to guide their talents in the right direction.

All in all I recommend A Greater Art. It’s a good read with a solid, exciting plot which had me up way beyond bedtime.