Leisure, Aug 2003, 5.99, 300 pp.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. In a public tavern, nineteen years old Lady Syrah Dhion of the Ninth House is acting the harlot with the Crown Prince of the Dominion Jibril of the First House. His wine is drugged and Syrah and her fourteen-year-old brother Eben take Jibril prisoner. The Dhions hope to restore the wealth and splendor of their house ruined by their feeble father and destroyed by their odious cousin.
Syrah treats Jibril less like a royal and more like a pain until he kisses her. Soon Syrah finds her heart imprisoned by her captive. She frees Jibril, but he refuses to go because the future he wants now is to be her prisoner and she his forever once he dispatches her nasty relative.
This medieval romantic romp is a fun tale that lightens up the usual intense sub-genre with plenty of humor caused by the gender war between the lead couple in which both sides surrender. The amusing story line works because of the sexual battle between Syrah and Jibril. The secondary characters augment the ribaldry that goes the gamut from slapstick to double entendres proving that Jennie Klassel has a large funny bone, but the audience has the first, middle and last laughs at the antics of the cast.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner