For her newest adventure, Grant takes readers to a planet filled with the descendants of Earth star-travelers who long ago lost the technical ability to return home. The divides between the various cultures are highly ingrained, setting the protagonists at odds. Palace intrigue and deadly danger keep this story moving. Another story very well told!

General Uhr-Tao is a hero to his people, the Tassagons, as he won the war against the vicious Gorr. All he wants is peace, but upon returning to Tassagonia, Tao learns of a new danger to the people: their current monarch King Xim. Tao’s sister Aza is married to the king, but her heart belongs to another. Elsabeth is Kurel, a people who still practice the forbidden disciplines of science and medicine. Elsabeth has vowed vengeance on King Xim for the slaughter of her parents. As the royal tutor, Elsabeth is part of an opposition determined to replace Xim. Now for the sake of both their people, Elsabeth and Tao must unite against this destructive force. (HQN, May, 384 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith