by Stephanie Burke

October 2004
ISBN: 1-59596-031-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Changeling Press

Imagine you live in a world that is mostly brown, hardly any trees, grass or anything else that is bright and colorful. Your world doesn’t have enough food to feed the people who inhabit it and because of lack of resources (or imagination) everyone wears brown tunics and has no interest in love. Your people are only interested in science and never understand you because you feel dead in this world and you long for something else: color, life, vibrancy.

This is the world Stephanie Burke has created in Luminaries: A Man Called Lust. It is the year 3009, the land has been destroyed by wars and it is Sinopee’s fate to live in it. Her parents have disappeared and have left her mysterious letters and the only thing of beauty in her life: a mirror through which she travels once a year to meet with her soul mate, a man called Lust. Lust’s world is alive with color, beauty and magic. More importantly, he makes Sinopee feel alive with laughter, passion and lust. Unfortunately, she can only travel to his world once a year. For the rest of the year, she is desperate and miserable.

Lust is a man of magic and light, but all is not well in his world, either. He and his people, because they use magic and are considered rebellious, are constantly on the run from the Titans who are very close to capturing them. Given all of this, Sinopee and Lust could definitely use some down time and they find it within each other’s arms. When the two of them come together, the passion and love are explosive. But of course, this is a fairy-tale (a very adult one) and by definition, bad things have to keep happening. The box of letters is left behind and Lust goes back to get them. He is captured. Sinopee must save her soul mate. She goes back, at which time, she is captured.

This is a great story, well-told with imagination and cleverness. Stephanie Burke has done it again — written a story that is difficult to put down.

Reviewed in April 2005 by Lisa.

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