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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Review - Rion by Susan Kearney

Title: Rion

Author: Sue Kearney

Publisher: Hatchette Book Group

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Rating: You Need to Read

Reviewed by: Mickey


Marisa Rourke is a beautiful, fearless telepath who tames dragonshapers on Earth. Rion is a tall, dark, and sexy space explorer whose home planet is a galaxy away. The attraction between them is undeniable, but Rion is hiding a desperate secret that will change Marisa's life forever.


Marisa's gift is the only way Rion can communicate with his people, enslaved by a powerful enemy. He knows that kidnapping her is wrong, but saving his planet is worth sparking the fiery clairvoyant's fury. Yet hotter-and more explosive-is the psychic bond growing between Marisa and Rion. Could their passion be the key to freeing Rion's people? Only if he and Marisa can discover how to channel their desire . . . before a vicious enemy destroys them all.

King Arthur and the Holy Grail can be an overused and misused concept, so it was refreshing to read Sue Kearney's Rion and find an author who in trying something new and innovative, actually succeeded beyond my expectations. Rather than the tried and true historical, by adding a paranormal/sci-fi slant Ms. Kearney has made her series a little more interesting than the norm and something truly worthy. While I did not read the first book in the series, to my surprise I found Rion to be easy to follow and a true delight. The author gave enough background on the legend and this book that I did not feel lost, therefore I really did not find it necessary to read the first book, Lucan, beforehand (although I must admit that I did purchase it after reading Rion!)

The plot is highly entertaining, with engaging characters, action, romance, a great plot and excellent dialogue. I enjoyed the story, and found it very innovative with nice touches that hark back to the Arthurian/Pendragon legend of old and Ms. Kearney's revised version of the tale. I also like how she added descriptions of familiar sites like Stonehenge and other locales related to the legend to make the book more familiar to the reader. I believe anyone would enjoy how the dragons are almost secondary characters, yet they are actually not, as our hero and heroine are dragon shifters themselves. Ms. Kearney is so careful in making sure all of her characters have distinct personalities and characteristics in each form. What a nice surprise to discover that the unique book with the refreshing plot, characters and dialogue iisactually part of an entertaining series, and that the story continues.

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