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Monday, July 26, 2010

Tears of the Star by Viola Grace

Tears of the Star by Viola Grace
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Short (89 Pages)
Heat: Sensuous
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Holly

Sector Guard 9

When the planet Balen finished his mourning for his lost avatar, he contacted the Sector Guard to get the miners out of his territory so that he could replenish the frozen surface. Zenina Sin Ar is the one to get the message and when she tries to inform the powers that be, they set a price on her head. With no other place to turn, she runs for the museum and the rocks that landed on the surface when she did. Completing a circuit, her powers activate and she can finally become what she was meant to be, Tears of the Star.

Sovereign is the Sector Guard officer sent to evacuate the planet, the surprise he feels at seeing a woman flying around the surface is matched only by the knowledge that this is the one his sister said he would meet. The child of two avatars with a destiny irrevocably tied to the planet below.

Just when I think that Viola Grace can’t surprise me anymore, she comes out with a new Sector Guard story that once again stretches the boundaries of imagination. I love the Sector guard series. It keeps forging new ground, while also starting to link her worlds a little more closely.

Seemingly in answer to a prayer, Zenina Sin Ar fell from the skies onto the planet Balen in a shower of meteorites. Raised on the surface of the planet by the couple that found her, Zenina has always felt incomplete.

Balen is a mining planet, thought to be a dead world. When the planet contacts Sector Guard to announce that he is finished mourning the death of his avatar, the Guard sends a message to the Sargo mining company. Zenina gets the message, and feels a connection to the intelligence that is Balen. When the manager of the company receives the message, he orders the only two who know about it arrested, thinking he can stop what is happening. Zenina sees this as a sign to claim her heritage, and escapes, warning her parents to go into hiding. Sovereign, the Sector Guard representative coming to aid in the evacuation of the now sentient planet Balen, rescues Zenina from space, and discovers an attraction to her as they work together. Can these two fulfill their destinies, and still be together? What does the reawakening of Balen have to do with Zenina’s future? Will the mystery of Zenina’s origins finally be revealed?

This story brings in a new location, and a new set of characters and I love the pacing of these. Zenina is a mystery woman, found in the snow after a meteor shower. She grows into a strong, beautiful woman, determined to live her life to the fullest. I like her sense of adventure, and her willingness to accept things at face value. I love her sense of loyalty and caring, when it looks like her parents are in danger, and how she acts to protect them. I found Sovereign to be very well defined as well. He is strong, handsome, and patient, knowing before Zenina does that they are destined to be mates, but in a very different way than most.

The romance in this is quiet, growing between the two characters slowly and gently, but there nonetheless. I am looking forward to more of their story, as they settle in to their roles in the future of the planet Balen with each other. If you don’t mind a happy for now with a promise of much more to come, this one is for you. In fact, I recommend the whole Sector Guard saga as a great reading escape.