Dragon Moon Press, Sep 2002, 23.95, 361 pp.
During the reign of King Henry VIII, Rafe becomes head of the pirate ship following the deaths of the previous captain and first mate during a battle with the Spanish. He leads the crew of the aptly named Defiant to safety when they traverse through the dangerous Rift that takes them to Naruihm. However, that haven is short lived as Rafe realizes this is no longer the Atlantic.
The threat is real and even her most trusted advisors are suspect as Queen Askana of Morevi struggles to regain the throne of the land locked country. Desperate for someone to trust and help her, Askana hires the outworlder Rafe as a mercenary to unmask the female noble spies working for her enemies. As Rafe and Askana skirmish with her dangerous foes, they also begin to fall in love with one another. However, a permanent relationship is doubtful for if they lose to her opponents they die and if they win she is a queen and he is a pirate.
MOREVI: THE CHRONICLES OF RAFE AND ASKANA is a strong historical fantasy that connects the world of the last decade of the fifteen-century with that of another orb. The lead characters are heroic and seem real and the support cast augments the action. However, the key to the powerful story line is that Morevi and its neighboring nations seem genuine as history and culture are cleverly interwoven into the plot. Fans of sword and sorcery novels will gain plenty of pleasure from this fine work.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner
Set in a time when a kingdom hangs in the balance, a queen's most trusted ally is a pirate from a far-off land called England. Across a mysterious rift in the space-time continuum exists a world called Naruihm. In this world is a realm called Morevi, a landlocked kingdom ruled by Askana Moldarin, crowned "First Queen" following a swift and bloody rise to the Throne of a Thousand Suns. Yet hidden traitors are already at work to destroy everything that she has won.
Enter Rafe Rafton, privateer captain of the Defiant. Arrogant. Overconfident. Dangerous and cunning enough to pillage the Queen's own ships and survive. As a man, he is the embodiment of everything she has fought against, and the perfect instrument in a last desperate bid to save her kingdom.
With the sum agreed upon, Rafe and Askana embark on an epic adventure spanning the kingdoms of Naruihm and King Henry VIII's England.
This report prepared by Tee Morris
A privateer from Henry the Eighth's England is pursued by attacking force, driven through a rift between worlds where he is allied with a Queen of the realm who must uncover forces in her own court who would overthrow her rule.
This report prepared by Danielle Ackley-McPhail