his father, the Defense Minister, Lancer Morgan, holofilm producer, reluctantly
goes as ambassador and to investigate Delphi. They are the survivors
of ODYSSEY that disappeared nearly 200 years ago. A scout’s story
of a planet of humans with the ability to foresee the future has the Republic's
is a Golden Pythia, the most accurate in her predictions. Even though
she is the most accomplished oracle on the planet Delphi, Thena can't foretell
the danger Lancer will bring to her world – only that he can bring destruction
or prosperity. Pythas link with an animal called a moncat [yes, cross
between a monkey and cat] and use an Observer when they predict the future.
Unlike most Pytha’s, Thena remembers her predictions and realizes that
Nevan, her observer, has been slightly changing the words of her predictions.
Pytha’s that remember their prophesies as Thena's mother had, eventually
become unbalanced. Thena wonders if she may be having the beginnings of
mental illness or if Nevan is manipulating things for his own purposes.
goes against Delphi council and leaves the planet with Lancer. One
of the things she hopes for is a cure for her mother’s mental illness.
Lancer and Psychiatrist Juelle Shanard investigates the physical and mental
stresses of being a Pytha as well as the records left on the crashed ship.
Their discoveries lead to knowledge that can be dangerous and useful.
Soon Thena and Lancer are bound in a struggle to save her people.
As the mate of the Golden Pytha becomes head of Delpi’s council, their
love is forbidden, but they cannot resist. Even if they are able
to overcome the problems for survival, how will they be able to stay together?
is the first of 2 stories with Delphi and moncats [cute little guy is pictured
on cover of QUICKSILVER which is sequel and Juelle’s story] but you are
not left hanging at the end of the story. Both books stand on their
own. If you are a futuristic romance lover, you will soon place this
on your keeper shelf and look for other books by this author.
Cy Korte /October,
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