by Anthology

May 2003
ISBN: 0-8349-5170-2
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Mass Market Paperback

Do you believe in soul mates? Do you think that each of us have one special person that completes us? If that is true, what would you do to find them, and then keep them? Christine Feehan, Susan Grant and Susan Squires lend their extraordinary talent as paranormal romance authors to these questions in The Only One. Each treatment of the theme is unique and compelling.

Christine Feehan introduces another Carpathian, Traian Trigovise, in Dark Descent. Traian is an ancient hunter, called forth by his prince to protect mankind from the vampires that prey on humans. He is on his way home to the Carpathian Mountains when he discovers a group of the undead. Injured in the fight, he seeks the healing soil that lies beneath the mountains. Thousands of miles away, Joie Sanders, is injured when the Senator she is guarding is attacked. As she uses her innate psychic abilities to remove herself from the pain, she encounters Traianís thoughts as he is healing. Their connection is so strong that Joie starts to think that she is going crazy. As soon as she is healed, she heads for the Carpathian Mountains to find him.

Susan Grant continues her intergalactic theme in The Star Queen. Rebel warrior Romjha Bíkah is just marking time. He is tired of the constant struggle, and since the death of his wife and child, he has just lost his sense of purpose. When one of his fellow patriots, Taj Sai, delivers an impassioned speech about their mission and their responsibilities, Romjha feels his interest stirring again. As the battle-weary commander and his lovely young bombmaker combine their skills to defeat the warlords who invade their world, they discover that they have many things in common - including an undeniable attraction for each other.

A well-known writer who specializes in vampire tales, Susan Squires brings us another haunting tale of loss and redemption in Sacrilege. Magda Ravel was one of the most feared vampires in existence until she was captured, Taken to the Mirso Monastery, she is shown the path to overcome the cravings of her disease, to starve the parasite that dwells within her demanding blood, to function without killing. She has discovered a serenity that she needs, but the final vows are denied to her. Her mentor, Brother Pietr believes that she needs to walk among the living again, so that she will know that she has control. What he cannot understand, though, is why his own purpose is meaningless now that she is gone.

This anthology will delight the authorsí fans. Each story is well-written, and includes characters from other books. I have not read any of these writers except Ms. Feehan, but I did enjoy the unusual stories. Fans of paranormal romance will be very pleased with The Only One.

Reviewed in May 2003 by Paula.

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