With her 25th birthday rapidly approaching, Zok Smith has some major issues to resolve. Like gaining control of her powers in time to join the Venerate Council of Protectors, aka Superheroes, or choosing to become completely mortal. All her life, Zok has dreamed of joining her father and her half brother in the Council of Protectors. Because her mother is mortal, Zok is a halfling and subject to certain rules.

George Bailey Taylor is a down on his luck ex-cop turned P.I. Taylor first runs into Zok while on a divorce case. Their attraction is immediate, but because of the circumstances, neither knows how to locate the other. As fate would have it, Taylors foster sister recently bought an old necklace whose stone just happens to be from the legendary Aphrodites girdle. Zoks cousin Mordichai has been instructed by his father, the outcast Heronymous, to get that stone for a ceremony designed to destroy the Protectors and enslave mortals. Zok has no idea that the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

Author Julie Kenner has developed a wonderfully original storyline laden with fun. The whole concept of the Council of Protectors is marvelous. A true original, filled with humor, adventure and fun! (Apr., 393 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith