Thursday, August 12, 2010

Review of JEWELS

Lakisha Spletzer
Create Space,February 2010
ISBN:  9781449502072

     King Renten Load Roar and Crown Prince Dex Load Roar, Gatoan royalty, are traveling with a delegation to Earth.  Renton hopes to find out whether the Earthlings will make good allies against the Lupines.  The Lupines, a wolf-like race, have been encroaching on the Gatoan worlds and causing much death and destruction.  Because of this, the Gatoans, cat-like aliens, hope to find allies among the Earthlings. Special Lieutenant Jewels Enbran, a psi ops operative, is sent to determine, if the Gatoans have any psychic abilities.  This goes badly and Jewels almost dies, but Dex helps save her.  There is a connection between
Jewels and Dex, but the government, the Lupines, and, even, Renten might stand in their way to finding happiness together.

     JEWELS is a very enjoyable futuristic with interesting characters and an intriguing plot.  Jewels and Dex are trapped in a situation, which is not exactly what it seems.  There is much subterfuge and many characters have hidden agendas, and unfortunately, Jewels seems to be the key to many of the plots.  Jewels, who is very young but has a great inner strength,is tired of being a pawn.  Meanwhile, Dex, who is very protective of Jewels, is torn between his need to be diplomatic for his people and his need to protect Jewels.  I love the whole concept of the cat-like aliens and really didn't see the interesting twist at the end coming.  Hopefully, Ms. Spletzer will write another book set in this very imaginative world.

NOTE:  I reviewed this book for the PNR group.  I gave an impartial review.