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The Compass Rose, the first novel in Gail Dayton's One Rose trilogy, is an epic romantic fantasy featuring a female protagonist who is as irresistibly sexy as she is tough. As the prophesized Chosen One, Kallista must do the impossible -- travel into the heart of an enemy nation and defeat a demon-possessed king!
Kallista, a captain in the Adaran army as well as a naitan (magic wielder), is an intriguingly complex character with the carnal appetite of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake and the tenacity of David Weber's Honor Harrington. While defending her city from invading warriors -- and outnumbered more than ten to one -- Kallista calls upon the One for a miracle to save her people. She is suddenly filled with a power that she has never before experienced, and from her hands comes a dark magic that instantly cuts down tens of thousands of enemy warriors. After experts examine Kallista, and find a strange mark on the back of her neck, it is revealed that she has indeed become a living myth, a being straight out of legend -- she is Godstruck. The nation of Adara hasn't seen a godstruck naitan in more than 1,000 years. As the Chosen One, Kallista is charged with the impossible: to travel deep into a distant enemy country -- a nation that treats women as possessions -- and exorcise a demon that is controlling its king!
With unadulterated sensuality that practically ignites the pages and a fantasy quest that is as masterfully intricate as it is entertaining, Dayton's The Compass Rose will absolutely blow away fans of romance-powered fantasy. In a word: wow! Paul Goat Allen