Captain Gillaine Davre of the Raheiran Special Forces, the Kiasidira, had just barely escaped the Fav'lhir attack by traveling through the Rift. The Fav'lhir followed her and were destroyed, decimating the Fav'lhir's mageline or line of sorcerers. So when she woke up in a sick bay, she wasn't too surprised. After all, she did get a pretty nasty bump on her head. However, Gillie quickly discovers that she is 342 years in the future. Somehow the conflict between her ship and the Fav'lhir projected her into the future. And, even worse, the Khalarans, the people she was protecting, have made her a goddess! Gillie knows that she needs to keep her head down, repair her ship and beat it out of there before anyone discovers who she is, but Admiral Rynan Makarian already seems a little too interested...
Admiral Rynan "Make It Right" Makarian, Mack to his friends, is the youngest and newest Admiral in the Khalaran Fleet. His reputation for perfection and excellent track record land him on Cirrus One, the preliminary project for the Rim Gate Project, or a gate that will link the remote corner of the galaxy with the rest of the Khalaran Confederation. Everything that could go wrong seems to, from the civilians refusing to cooperate with the Fleet personnel, the magefather having delusions of grandeur - and the dratted parrots that no one can seem to get rid of! The last thing he needs is the beautiful Gillie, whom he mistakenly assumes is a smuggler, distracting him from his duties.
Mack first hangs around Gillie because he is suspicious of her, but quickly falls in love with her. When Mack proposes to Gillie after she has been on Cirrus One for a week, Gillie is shocked - but very, very tempted. For the first time in her life, Gillie starts to imagine what it would be like to be just plain old Gillie - not the Kiasidira, not a Raheiran sorceress, but just a woman who loves a man. For a short time, it seems that Gillie's dream will come true, but then Gillie discovers that the magefather is Melandan, the ancient enemy of the Khalarans. When Carrick Blass, a mageline sorcerer of the Melandan people arrives on board Cirrus One, Gillie knows she has to make a choice - protect the Khalarans, as she swore an oath to do and risk losing Mack's love or to let the Khalarans be destroyed, which is no choice at all...
An Accidental Goddess is the far future sequel to Wintertide, Baker's excellent fantasy novel and is just as entertaining. Gillie was a great character and I could totally empathize with her tough decisions. If she revealed who she truly was, the Kiasidira, she would disrupt centuries of religious worship in the Khalaran culture and knew that the people would never look at her the same. Mack was a great hero, very intelligent and able to figure out a lot of Gillie's history on his own, but not really wanting to believe what he found out. Mack's crew were also wonderful characters, as was Simon, Gillie's sentient computer/ship who was one of my favorite characters - I would love to see him in a story of his own! Anyway, the characters were fabulous and well developed, even the wretched villains, and the setting was great. I felt that the story had a good sense of history (because I read Wintertide first, I understood a lot of the religious connotations better, but it is not necessary to read Wintertide first) and a very developed world with all aspects of life covered - food, healing, religion, military, politics, etc. The cost is a bit steep for Megan Baker's books, but I can assure you that they are well worth the cost!
This report prepared by Debbie
The Raheiran forces win the battle against the Fav'lhir that saves the Kahlaran. However, during the fight, the explosion of an enemy ship near her vessel apparently killed Raheiran Special Forces Captain Gillaine Davre and her sentient ship SIMON.
Three hundred and forty-two years later, Gillaine surfaces but cannot explain how or why. Because she was a hero in the great battle, over time her role grew and changed into one whom died divinely so that the Kahlaran remade her into a Goddess with her own temple. Shocked beyond belief, Gillaine wants to tell the truth that the enemy explosion propelled her through a time warp, what really occurred at the decisive battle, and how mortal she is, but quickly realizes how fragile the Kahlaran remains.
Admiral Rynan Makarian finds himself quite attracted to Gillaine and quickly concludes she is his soulmate. Though she feels the same, she fears the consequences to her worshippers of acting on her heart's desires. However, history seems to be repeating itself as a threat from space is nearing leading Gillaine to wonder if a higher purpose sent her through time to complete the job.
AN ACCIDENTAL GODDESS is an exciting science fiction fantasy with a delightful dab of romance that readers of all three genres will agree is a clever action-packed conjoining of elements that make for quite a terrific time for the audience regardless of classification preference. The lead protagonists are intrepid and caring individuals who understand their duty yet find a love that transcends the ages leading to the audience seeking other works by Megan Sybil Baker (see the prequel, WINTERTIDE).
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner