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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Blue Lioness by Vijaya Schartz

Blue Lioness by Vijaya Schartz
Publisher: Dessert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (167 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Larkspur

In the face of Human slavery, Back Sword Captain Ariela of Kassouk must do the unthinkable. Rebel against the Mutant regime. But she cannot do it alone.

Ariela suspects the king’s death is no accident. And the tyrant who usurped the throne looks guilty as hell. As leader of the Human rebellion against their Mutant rulers, Ariela is desperate for help, and Lord Starro, the handsome Crown Prince of the Star Children, offers the technology the Human faction lacks. But can Ariela trust a spoiled, arrogant foreign prince who never fought a battle, and thinks he is destined to rule the universe? Is she trading one tyrant for another? No matter how kind, handsome, or fascinating, Starro has frightening mental abilities. And this alliance is not safe, especially for Ariela’s heart.

With her civilization crumbling around her Ariela finds herself in alliance with an unlikely alien candidate Prince Starro of the Star Children. Can they put a stop to the revolution coming and what of the intense and forbidden feelings they have for each other.

Ms. Schartz brings us front and center into a vaguely familiar alien world whose landscapes are foreign to us earthlings and yet familiar enough not to need a glossary to understand her imaginative and creative world. Her plot is intense, adventurous with battle and love scenes and as unlikely as it is she brings it to a believable level. She further creates memorable characters that although at times seem a bit one-dimensional at others shine brightly -- and none brighter than her hero Starro and her heroine Ariela who really rule the pages throughout the novel.

Her narrative dragged a bit at the beginning but the further along I read the more engaged in the story I became until by the end I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I partly blame myself by not having read the series before therefore not having insight into her world that may have better paved my way into this installment of her Chronicles of Kassouk.

Her love story is a favorite of mine: forbidden love that finds a way to survive and succeed. Her love scenes are muted enough that they will not offend any true romance reader and yet sensual enough to make the most avid reader of the genre satisfied as well.

All in all this was a very enjoyable read and it’s made me want to not only go back to read the first three but I am now looking forward to her next adventure in these chronicles.

If you love the science fiction genre, especially one with a great romance, this will fit the bill. It did for me.

Thank you Ms. Schartz for a journey I won’t forget and look forward to making again in the not too distant future.