I don't usually read futuristic, but this was a wonderful book that kept me turning pages to see what would happen next. The hero's respect for women and especially mothers was touching. You'll just have to read it for yourself.
Jas and Rom have experienced a moment of mystical connection. Since they have never met, that connection has caused them loneliness and despair. It takes years, humanity's first contact with aliens, and Jas's determination to see the world's beyond Earth to bring them together. And then things really get interesting.
This is a really good romance with a science fiction background. The characters are complex enough to be interesting. Their love has to overcome Rom's training to an unbending code of honor and Jas's insecurities. And they have an interstellar crisis to deal with, too.
The SF part is not quite as strong. I don't expect a romance to get into the way faster-than-light travel works, but some things should be worked out more. Still the culture Grant has created has depth and feels possible.
Try this book! I think you will find it entertaining.
I know this is pure entertainment, but I found that the *whatever* race the Vash Nadah are being soooo compatible with humans a bit disturbing. It burst the bubble of 'suspension of disbelief' that is a constant companion to all sci-fi reading.
Kudos though, to Ms. Grant for the accurate description of neg-G's and the fear of falling.
Having read 2 sequels to this book prior to reading "The Star King" set me up for disappointment. Character development left something to be desired. The best aspect of this book was how salt was the interplanetary currency! Also that independent traders, rather than government representatives and formal treaties, did more for everybody. The premise is too idealistic. People capable of interstellar travel would probably value nontangibles, would have mastered cloning as a technique of reproduction. Still, a fun escapist read; 3 stars.
The Star King starts with a bang, literally, as Jasmine Hamilton fights to keep her F-16 fighter plane in the air. Shot down by friendly fire over the hot Iraqi desert. Hurt on an arrid desert, she prepares for anything but what occurs--she has an out of body experience, a transcendent encounter with another wounded warrior. Painfully, Jas and Rom save each other, with a shared passion that will leave you limp... Rom B'kah's otherworldly perspective of the unusual woman with dark hair is one of meeting his destiny. He is in the midst of a battle of galactic proportions with life-threatening injuries and has just witnessed his brother's death. Her presence both encourages and dooms him, he survives because of her but the physical ramifications of lingering too long in a hostile environment make him an outcast from his family. Abruptly, twenty years later, Jas' youthful fire has been extinguished. Now she's a dutiful mother stung by divorce who long ago gave up victory rolls in an F16 for a minivan, a surprisingly-talented artist who paints promising but only half-finished paintings. Then earth receives visitors from an advanced civilization. Among them, Rom re-appears, and Jas' real life could begin--if her golden, aristocratic ET weren't hardened by cruel fortune and a fruitless search over time and space for the mythic desert angel who once saved him. ..............
Susan's interpretation of an alien arrival into earth's politics is wel done --for example no one automatically speaks our languages. And this story is above all a Clean ROMANCE (No adult situations). She doesn't bog us down with lengthy technical data about how things work or descriptions of weird life forms. However for those very same reasons this story fals into Romnce category and not the Scify category, which is a shame because the book has a great promisse as such. And even though the story is not original (it has been over done in this genre) it was fairly well fleshed out. The few cons: Do not get me wrong, I think romance can happen at any age but Jas has been miss represented and her character acting out of character: An F-16 pilots are 30ish+ then add the 20 years till meting Rom so that makes her 50+ year old woman, who still has her period and thinks missing it might mean she is pregnant. She has two 19 year old kids, acting like her siblings. And the attitude (read naivete/stupidity) of a 19 year old. She also acts like a know it all sage, the toughest macho guy on the block, psychologist and passionate, gentle soul artist. In short she is so perfect, no character devalopement is possible. It is also anoying a bit. The good part is that Rom is well fleshed out and all the supporting charaters are too, including the vilan. It is a decent read for scify (3*), and pretty good read as a romance (4*) so I give it 3.5* as a whole.
Careening out of control in her fighter jet was only the start of the wildest ride of Jasmine's life; spinning wildly in an airplane was nothing like the loss of equilibrium she felt when she landed. There, in a half-dream, Jas saw him, a man more powerfully compelling than any she'd ever encountered.
Careening out of control in her fighter jet was only the start of the wildest ride of Jasmine's life; spinning wildly in an airplane was nothing like the loss of equilibrium she felt when she landed. There in a half-drem, Jas saw him, a man more powerfully compelling than any she'd ever encountered. Though his words were foreign, his touch was familiar, baffling her mind even as he touched her soul. But who was he? Was he too a downed pilot? Was that why he lay in the desert sand beneath a starry Arabian sky? The answers burned in his mysterious golden eyes, in his thoughts that became hers as he held out his hand and requested her aid. This man had crossed many miles to find her, to offer her a heaven that she might otherwise never have known, and love was only one of the many gifts of....THE STAR KING.
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Careening out of control in her fighter jet is only the start of the wildest ride of Jasmines life; spinning wildly in an airplane is nothing like the loss of equilibrium she feels when she lands. There, in a half-dream, Jas sees a man more powerfully compelling than any shes ever encountered. Though his words are foreign, his touch is familiar, baffling her mind even as he touches her soul. But who is he? Is he, too, a downed pilot? Is that why he lies in the desert sand beneath a starry Arabian sky? The answers burn in his mysterious golden eyes, in his thoughts that become hers as he holds out his hand and requests her aid. This man has crossed many miles to find her, to offer her a heaven that she might otherwise never know, and love is only one of the many gifts of...The Star King.