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Pretenders

Pretenders

by Lynda Williams
     
 

Invited back from exile to claim the throne of Sevildom, Ev'rel fears no greater threat than the need to embellish the role of a frail princess with the Demish while she tries to decide how she feels about her ex-mentor, Di Mon.

Does she love him or hate him?

Di Mon is confident he wants Ev'rel to rule, but he's disillusioned in her as a leader and terrified

Overview

Invited back from exile to claim the throne of Sevildom, Ev'rel fears no greater threat than the need to embellish the role of a frail princess with the Demish while she tries to decide how she feels about her ex-mentor, Di Mon.

Does she love him or hate him?

Di Mon is confident he wants Ev'rel to rule, but he's disillusioned in her as a leader and terrified she will discover the secret bond between him and the young Reetion, Ranar.

Ev'rel's beautiful but battered son Amel just wants to enjoy his new friendship with Ayrium, but he must play out Ev'rel's father's determination to put him on the throne.
Ayrium meets a peculiar, reclusive scholar from Monitum and worries romance will distract her from her true agenda. Will her inconvenient love interest change everything for everyone?

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Lisa Martincik
This third book of the Okal Rel saga follows The Courtesan Prince (Edge, 2005/VOYA April 2006) and overlaps some of its sequel, Righteous Anger (2006/VOYA August 2008). Amel, fresh from his rescue as a courtesan servant and troubled by flashbacks of his past thanks to Reetion (human) technology, has become a pawn in the politics of leadership. His once-disgraced mother Ev'rel has returned to the throne but his protector, D'Ander, thinks Amel is the reincarnation of history's most progressive and mysterious ruler. Meanwhile all Amel wants is to gather a little family around himself and to make people happy. Small chance of that happening when manipulative Ev'rel wins back his custody and his close friend is sent away to win herself a handsome prince for the good of her house. Although readers of the previous series books will benefit from familiarity with characters and setting, this novel contains enough back story and explanation for an interested new reader to follow. Indeed in the complex melodramatic and hierarchical courts of Sevildom, the frequent reminders of house standing, peerage relationships, and even acceptable sexual practices are necessary to fully enjoy this series. Williams deserves credit for covering so much ground without making readers rely on a glossary or cast list. She continues to excel in depicting interesting and well-rounded characters, understandable if not always likeable. Whereas her last book focused closely on the topics of honor and religion, here she highlights the role of personal and sexual relationships in Sevildom, especially perception versus practice. Of course, the starships, swords, and courtly manners receive no short shrift, so the bookshould continue to appeal to the saga's fans while enticing lovers of sprawling space opera dolloped with romance. Reviewer: Lisa Martincik

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781894063135
Publisher:
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
Publication date:
09/02/2008
Series:
Okal Rel Saga Series, #3
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

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Meet the Author

Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel saga published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. She has also published non-fiction works in a variety of areas. Born 1958 in Prince George, British Columbia, Lynda holds three post secondary degrees. Part 1 of the saga, The Courtesan Prince, was released in 2005, Part 4, Throne Price, was released in 2004 followed by Part 2 Righteous Anger, in 2007.

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