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Monday, April 5, 2010

Imperial Guard by Viola Grace

Imperial Guard by Viola Grace
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short (86 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Holly

Sector Guard 6

Dealing with the family who refused to let her bury her father is difficult, but Isabi keeps her grounded as she fights for the survival of her estranged family.

The Sector Guard has become quite well known throughout the galaxies. They are called upon for aid, mostly to low tech worlds where their talents will be necessary. However, when the Moreski royals request the aid of a specific Guard member, Commander Hyder discusses the situation with Mala -- or Fixer as she is known -- and Isabi, her husband.

When Hyder requests that the couple take Isabi’s sister Isaro with them, Isabi balks at the idea. It is then that Hyder tells them her match is there, a member of the Imperial Guard in the royal palace. He also tells them that her abilities as a Mimic will be needed on the mission. Will the team be able to fulfill their mission on Moreski? Can Isaro tame her powers and be all she is meant to be in Sector Guard? Can Alomar, captain of the Royal Guard, be trusted to do the right thing when the time comes?

This sixth installment of the Sector Guard saga is somewhat different than the five before it. Once again, Viola Grace works her literary magic with her imaginative and unique characters. Isaro is a mimic; she can take on characteristics of other beings at will. This helps her to survive this mission, and brings her closer to Alomar, her perfect match. But she is also an insecure young woman, and her brother Isabi wants to protect her.

Alomar is much more than he appears to be, as all of Viola’s characters are. Alomar is a feline species, and also a bit of a mystery man. There are political undercurrents in this, issues that will affect all those involved in this mission. As a side note, we learn that the first ever natural and unaided pregnancy has occurred, something that is vital to the story and affects the mission in several ways.

This is one of the most interesting and complex Sector Guard books so far, and I enjoyed it very much. Of course, the happy ever after for Isaro and Alomar comes only after trial and hardship, but that makes it all the better.