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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

When the Condor Returned by Icy Snow Blackstone

When the Condor Returned: Tusteyan Annals Book Two by Icy Snow Blackstone
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full (180 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Orchid

Peace was within their grasp...and then the enemy returned.

Love doesn't necessarily conquer all. Newlyweds Philip and Rebekah represent the union of two different people, but the Earthmen and the Tusteya are not understanding of their union.

Philip needs to convince everyone that he is a capable ruler. When he and Rebekah think they've succeeded, The Condor, a Federation spaceship returns, reawakening thirty years of hatred and aggression.

Captain Renault, in charge of the Condor, considers himself a by-the-book commander. Whatever he does, he has the excuse of following orders. His viewpoints set him up to be in conflict with Phillip.

Phillip must answer the ultimate question--is he Tusteyan or Earthman?
This second book in the Tusteyan Annals starts where the previous one ended. Philip and Rebeka settle down to married life. Philip has found the courage to begin the changes to bring the two factions of the planet together. Rebeka still hasn't found the courage to tell Philip she was sent to kill him.

The evening of Philip's announcement to the gathering of Tusteyans and Earthmen regarding the changes he wants to introduce did not go exactly the way he planned. Philip's speech outlining his intentions for the planet is received with outrage, excitement and disbelief.

The young couple forge ahead with their plans, but just as they seem to be making headway the spaceship Condor returns. This sudden appearance throws the population into chaos and their plans for the planet's future into disarray.

This sequel to Earthman's Bride continues the story smoothly. Rebeka's people still want to kill Philip which they hope will allow them to defeat the Earthmen. The First Generation from Earth want to keep themselves in charge, but their descendants want peace as they are half Tusteyan, half Earthmen.

When the Condor Returned dwells more on the peaceful side of life on Tusteya. However, plots, treaties, intrigue - these are also an integral part of the story. Philip and Rebeka discover the differences in their upbringing, and try to find a happy medium. Interference from both sides threaten their happiness.

The return of the Condor is totally unexpected. The reader might think the interaction between those on the planet and those on the spaceship would be predictable - but Ms Blackstone finishes the book with a totally unexpected ending.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although the beginning didn't produce anything different, the middle of the book picked up speed and the last few chapters certainly finished with a flourish. I definitely recommend this book to sci-fi fans.