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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable romance, 23 Oct. 2002
K. Newman "krazykmcd" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Whispers in the Stars (Mass Market Paperback)
Reminicient of Cory Daniells 'Broken Vows' but lacking the depth and complexity of that work, 'Whispers in the Stars' also features a white-haired, 'witch' with strange coloured eyes monarch who has to bow to the conquering warrior by marrying him to save her people. Lady Zara, in common with all the solely female high priestess monarchs of her line, has the ability to telepathically tune into the spiritual health of her world. Their world is a peaceful and simple one, but due to a political choice she has made, ending her planet's neutral status, Zara must marry a Commander of the Galactic Guard - Logan. Logan is a warrior, a fighter, and his life and his thinking is very linear. He goes from one mission to the next, one objective for him leads in a straight line to the next. Zara prefers to let her instincts be her guide.
I like that neither of these two opposites are perfect. Logan is too used to commanding, and would not make an ideal monarch without becoming closer to the people he ruled - compromise is not in his vocabulary. Zara, on the other hand, is rather close minded about perceiving the vulnerability of a 'utopia' type world with few defences, and more than a little naïve - a natural consequence of living a simple, uncluttered life. Luckily for both of them, they are strongly attracted to each other from the first. For all his black and white thinking, Logan surprisingly accepts the 'witchy' aspects of his wife's unusual gifts from the start although he does not understand the full extent of these gifts, and Zara is accustomed to taking the wishes of others into account sometimes over her own preferences. Although stubborn, she is not unbending, and Zara is aware that she needs Logan, if only because of the strength of the bonding process that their joining initiates. For the good of their marriage, their planet and potentially the health of their quadrant these two have to overcome distrust, secrets and find their way to a path they can both travel down together.
The story is a simple one, and not difficult to follow or anticipate. It is a well told and enjoyable light romantic read. I found the ending a little anti-climatic, most likely because it is so clear what the end will be. However, the emotional and sensual side of the tale is very well told, and the heat between Logan and Zara is definitely the best thing about the book.
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Whispers in the Stars by Patricia L Waddell (Mass Market Paperback - 1 Oct. 2002)
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