love futuristics and historical novels and l enjoyed Ms. Zimlich's first
book enough to enthusiasticly recommend it to others. So, when I
was told that BLACK ROSE would be a ZORRO or Scarlet Pimpernel [I loved
the movie] type story with a futuristic twist, I eagerly anticipated the
chance to read this story.
has a heroine that is feisty and nobody's fool. She has a quest and
her own agenda. Her uncle's plans for a forced marriage will not
deter her from fulfilling her goal to prove her father's research valid.
It has a hero who lives a double life. He is a rebel leader who "plays
at court"... he is also an shape-shifter. If either of these facts
are known, they will cost him his life. It has the evil general and
controlling parents complicating the H/H's growing attraction for each
other. Their adventures take them to at least 4 planets and the secondary
characters' love story is a nice touch. The plot points that I look forward
to in choosing an entertaining story all in one book.
please read this and tell me why it all did not come together for me.
I had to push myself to finish this story -- and knowing that moods can
sometimes effect reaction, I reread it about a month later. Unfortunately,
I had the same reaction of "something not quite working" with my sympathy
for the characters... mainly the hero. Having been told that it was
a futuristic Scarlet Pimpernel, I expected predictability of the conflicts
[that is part of the enjoyment -- anticipating how the story fills in the
plot outline]. It fulfilled my expectations in all the areas mentioned
except I just could not feel the enthusiasm I usually have for a futuristic
Cy Korte /December,2000
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