Now this is what a Sci-Fi Romance should really be like. For 266 pps, I was immersed into a nearly unrecognizable world, races, societies, adventures, and in-depth characterizations, yet it felt familiar too.
Keir, known as the Blue Demon of Adalucien, has given up and just wants to die until a feisty red-headed female gets tossed into his cell with him announcing that she’s going to break them out. And break them out she does, in a manner of speaking and a little help from him. Quin, the female accused of witch-craft for her unusual hair and abilities, refuses to let him die and drags him along in her escape. The escape not only takes them through a few harrowing adventures, but through an incredible gate to the stars.
Quin has dragged Keir’s dying body through the gate and back to her planet and refuses the idea of him dying on her after all that. She sought the Blue Demon and she found him, but he is not what she expected at all. He is no powerful being who evilly manipulates all he can for more power. No, he is a gentle distrustful man who has been tortured and abused for his differences and has never been allowed a normal or happy life. Against all logic, Quin uses her gift to save Keir and in doing so binds them with ties that can never be undone.
Keir cannot believe his new turn of circumstances and struggles to adjust even as he secretly yearns for more from his new companion and telepathic partner, Quin. He learns of Quin’s quest and determines to help her even while fearing that his dark heritage will cause harm. He wonders if Quin’s light is strong enough to withstand his darkness.
The plot was one that had several change in locations in it that make the story seem more of a quest-style telling. The perspective changed frequently and had several narrators. Normally, I prefer only a couple narrators, but in this story it worked because it showed how all the divergent plot threads came together and also let dialogue explain the world-building instead of just paragraph after paragraph of description. The pacing changed up depending on the type of scene which kept things interesting. I liked how the story was adventure, character growth and romance. Quin is Keir’s guide, but as the story progresses their roles change to that of companions and then lovers just as she is the stronger of the two in the beginning until his inner strength, confidence and abilities come. My emotions were really engaged from the beginning when Keir’s plight and then Quin’s past became known. I loved them separately and together. It was fun meeting the other races and worlds too. The dark mysteriousness of the Emissary was intriguing and I guessed who it was rather quickly. I felt such pity even though this personage was wrapped in evil. The romance in this one was sweet and was ‘fade to black’ when passion did flare up. I could have stayed along for Keir and Quin’s travels and quests indefinitely.
All in all, it was a fabulous read that I can recommend to Sci-Fi lovers who enjoy stronger world-building and character development with their romance on the sweeter side.