THE ETERNAL ROSE
The long-awaited third book in Dayton's Compass Rose series is an enjoyable, sprawling story. With just enough exposition to refresh the reader's memory, Kallista remains an interesting and compelling protagonist, and the political intrigue and subsequent conflict is believable, with a satisfying conclusion.
Kallista and her family travel to Daryath, combining the retrieval of Merinda and her child with an official state visit. Unfortunately, things go horribly, tragically wrong when one of Kallista's iliasti is murdered along with a high-ranking member of Daryathan society. (Juno, Sep., 400 pp., $13.95)