The main character, a young woman, comes from a farming background, and is also the governor of Argali Province, which is a "backwater" district on a "backwater" planet. She is engaged to marry Jax Ironbridge, the governor of an adjacent province -- a much richer one. He is very brutal, however, and beats her occasionally. A man comes to this planet -- a human man from a more technologially developed planet -- and he falls in love with her. After a very brief courtship, she agrees to marry him, rather than the very cruel Jax. The man brings her back to his home planet.
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Forge, December 2000, 24.95, 400pp.
On a poor primitive planet, Governor Kamoj Quanta Argali of the Argali Province worries about the well being of her people. She begins to think that the only way to help
them is for her to marry her newest tenant, the strange Havryl Lionstar, who has taken up residence in the old castle.
Still, she wonders what Havryl's agenda truly is. He looks physically different and more imposing than anyone she ever met. His behavior is at odds with his apparent role as a leader. Still, somehow he and his cronies have somehow restored the ancient technology that none of Kamoj's people know how to use. As Kamoj thinks of marrying the enigmatic Havryl, she begins to think he wants to control all of Argali. Yet he acts as a person forced to behave the way he does. Who is this weirdo and why is she falling in love with him?
Readers of speculative fiction and futuristic romance will relish THE QUANTUM ROSE. The entertaining story line is filled with action, complex and enjoyable questions about the lead male character, and a well-designed who- done-it. Kamoj is also an intriguing protagonist. However, what makes Catherine Asaro's novel worth buying is the fully descriptive universe that feels so genuine, the audience will feel they are there.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner