An Accidental Goddess Paperback – 1 Oct 2002
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About the Author
Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair has become a name synonymous for high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven novels. Reviewers note that Sinclair's novels "have the wow-factor in spades," earning her accolades from both the science fiction and romance communities. A former news reporter and retired private detective, Sinclair resides in Naples, Florida with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their two thoroughly spoiled cats. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Captain Gillaine Davre, or "Gillie", is a military advisor from a highly advanced race called the Raheirans to their slightly less advanced allies, the Khalarans. The Khalarans are themselves advanced enough to operate interstellar space ships and space stations, but both the Raheirans and a hostile race, the evil Fav'lhir, have "mageline" abilities built into their genes which seem like magic to the Khalarans.
At the start of the book, Gillie wakes up in the sickbay of her ship after a battle in which they have destroyed an enemy vessel belonging to the Fav'lhir.
It is a nasty shock to find that a side effect of the battle has been to throw her 342 years and 18 hours into the future. It is a much worse one to discover that during that interval the Khalarans have started worshipping her as a Goddess.
Gillie promply gets herself into all kinds of amusing scrapes. On the one hand she has no desire to be regarded as a deity, which she certainly is not, on the other she doesn't want to start trampling on other people's religious beliefs. To complicate matters further, she becomes romantically involved with the Admiral commanding the Khalaran fleet in the sector - a man who worships her in a rather different way than she would have preferred.
There are all manner of logical inconsistencies in the book and things which are never explained. For instance, it is not clear what the Raheiran central government was doing about the fact that their envoy to a key sector was missing and presumed killed in action for 342 years.Read more ›
I'm so glad that I did. It was a wonderful, enjoyable read.
Linnea Sinclair creates a believable and interesting world, although world-building is not the heart of this book - the characters and their relationships are. Fortunately the author is adept at creating vivid and intensely likable characters.
Our heroine, Gillie, is beautiful, intelligent, compassionate and can kick-butt (and can do all that without being annoying.) Our hero, Mack, is tall, dark and handsome - but is also dedicated, intelligent and heroic (even - or perhaps particularly - when he's harrassed.)
The relationship between them is beautifully pitched, with some entertaining false starts and building towards real passion.
There is a plot (outside Mack and Gillie's relationship) which builds convincingly throughout the book. Gillie, Mack and his loyal crew have to thwart some old enemies and corruption from within. The pace whips along and it's nice to see both characters playing a full role - making decisions and taking action.
There are some nicely drawn minor characters - I particularly liked Gillie's companion Simon and Doc Janek.
Overall, I read the book speedily, with a smile on my face and was only disappointed when it was over.
Admiral Rynan "Mack" Makarian commanded the space station Cirrus One and was dead of the critical Rim Gate Project. He soon realized Gillie was his destiny, his soulmate. He knew Gillie kept many secrets, by omissions, from everyone and that miracles often happened whenever she was around, but he was positive she would reveal all sooner or later.
Gillie kept her true identity and Raheiran abilities a close secret. To reveal the truth would destroy the Khalaran society that had already raised generations on her little aphorisms. But when the Fav'lhir attack, after being silent over 300 years, Gillie must find a way to save the Khalaran race all over again! There was simply not enough bottles of Devil's Breath in the station's bars to help her get through it all!
***** Simon is short for "Sentient Integrated MObile Nanoessence". Via telepathy, one of several abilities she has, Gillie and Simon communicate. As you can see, most of this novel is Sci-Fi. However, the author makes the story more intriguing by adding several touches of Fantasy elements such as a mageline sorceress and a touch of spacestation romance. It all blends together to make an awesome drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat and holding your breath! BRAVA! *****
Reminds me of Anne Mcaffrey' early books so this author is one to watch
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read & reread this book a few times, it's a favourite to come back to, enjoyable (as are nearly all Linnea's books), not too taxing to read and plenty of description to fill... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Zol.
I personally found the story line appealing as were the characters although a little bitty at the endPublished 23 months ago by Paul Burns