Quiet Storm, 2002, 26.95, 355 pp.
After years of working with the lume plants that have exponentially killed their friends and family, the Shodites demand that their overseer Daka Redd provide a safe and healthy environment. Arrogant Redd ignores the demands. The Shodites go on strike, but Redd declares that his slaves have started hostilities. His spiritual advisor the Betnoni the Ver dala Ven warns him to heed the peoples' voice or else one Daka son per generation will fall. They will also lose the connection to the Masing star that aids the Ver dala Ven, who will no longer exist. Redd rejects his Ver dala Ven advisor.
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One millennium later, Cobo of the Betnonis believes that he is the only living Ver dala Ven until he learns that he has a teenage son Taen from his passionate love making with Daka leader Jishni before his exile eighteen years ago. Cobo does not know for certainty whether his abusive son raised by his beloved and his uncle has the power. However, Cobo will learn the lad does not have the personality for Taen plans to use his biological sire to take control while Cobo wants to fulfill the prophecy by opening the last gate to the missing Masing Star.
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner
The Last Gate Series chronicles the history and political intrigues in an alternate world, where the actions of a selfish ruler impacts over one hundred generations of his people and causes a special race of beings to die off to near extinction.
In Book One-Betnoni's Prophecy: Cobo is Ver dala Ven, a magical being who is thought to be the last of his kind. A forbidden romance with the monarch he served resulted in a child that he could not claim. Unable to endure the heartbreak of watching another man raise his child and love his woman, he chose to run away from his responsibilities as Ver dala Ven and go into exile. Eighteen years later Cobo is called home by a vision that outlines his true destiny. He must reconcile with his past mistakes and a son he never knew in order to usher in the first sign of an ancient prophecy promising the return of the singing spirit guide that once empowered his race.
The review of this Book prepared by Elizabeth Merz