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.
When Kallista Varyl was selected Reinine of Adara six years ago after the demons behind the rebellion were driven out of the country, her ilian -- multiple-partner marriage -- was missing one of its members. Now, word has come from Daryath that Merinda and her child have been spotted in the household of one of the family's chief rivals.
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)