The consistently entertaining voice of Stobie Piel takes us on another rollercoaster ride of excitement through the stars.

Only one individual stands in the way of the Tseirs conquest of known space. Just the image of Arnoth of Valenwood is enough to strike terror into the heart of the fiercest Tseir warrior. But one bright young officer dares to step forward and suggest a new means of dealing with their bitter enemy.

This is just the chance that Sierra Karian needs to penetrate the High Command of the Tseir. An undercover agent, she has worked her way up the ladder of command, determined to find a way to sabotage the Tseir juggernaut and prevent an all-too-certain attack on her fabled home planet of Nirvahda.

But how can she bear to lure the handsome Arnoth to what is sure to be his death, or worse? Something about this gallant hero touches her heart as no man has ever done before. And now Sierra must chooseNirvahda or Arnoth?

Ms. Piel spices a rousing adventure with blistering sensual fire and adds a witty leavening of secondary characters whose sparkling interplay is well nigh irresistible. (Jan., 368 pp., $5.50)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer