One thousand years ago, a female crew left Earth to establish a civilization of their own that was patterned after Regency romance novels secretly brought along as reading material. Now, still thriving, the new Season is about to begin.

Green Tamryn is a formidable She-Lord not really looking for a name-bearer but unwilling to let her nemesis, the She-Count Claudine Danbere, acquire the gorgeous Jorlan Reynard without a fight. Green suspects Jorlan of being a Sensitiveand besides, hes a stunning aqua-eyed beauty! Jorlan is attracted to Green, yet unlike most of the compliant males, he doesnt want to lose his independence to a woman.

Their antics result in a very sensual futuristic regency, RITUAL OF PROOF. Dara Joy combines two genres into a delightful read that not only has many plays on words, but wonderful plot twists, mysteries and gender role reversal. My favorite part is when the heroine talks about going to Almacks, the Later and then wonders how it got its name! Obviously Ms. Joy had a great deal of fun writing this and provides a glossary for terms unfamiliar to science fiction afficionados but very familiar to Regency readers. (Jun., 368 pp., $24.00)

Reviewed by: 
Kelly Rae Cooper