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So what's the problem with the bad-tempered professor/researcher who hires a gal to type his notes but otherwise seems to be deliberately rude or short with her as she attempts to adjust to his writing symbols and style? Mike Stellan, it turns out, has an awful burden on his mind, more than one actually; and as the reader comes to understand the unfolding story of past and present, the initial annoyance reaction evolves into compassion and care just as Mike evolves through meeting and working with Janielle Childen.
Janielle has her own burdens which initially seem to fog her thinking and reactions to the point where the reader wonders if she has a brain at all to question the supernatural, eerie happenings occurring not once but several times a day. Wonder about Jan will evolve into amazement indeed!
For it turns out, Mike and his companion, Will, from the planet Quentas, have been exiled by Saracen enemies who have taken over the Earth-like home where Mike is really King. The Saracens know his value and so have followed him to Earth to prevent his research that in turn will guarantee his return to his home planet.
Janice Dietert has a wonderful knack of combining real science, growing passionate love, and a plot that spins and spins and spins page after page from beginning to end. Magical creatures (Mollucs) who train Jan to assist her fiance/future King, a ring with supernatural powers, extraordinary but natural powers to fight enemies, and most of all constant engaging, endearing, and real dialogue with novel ideas pack these pages that are sure to please readers of every age. This is real science fiction that would make a great movie as well as the highly memorable and pleasurable read it definitely is!
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on June 14, 2007