Title: Destiny’s Flower
Series: Saldiora, #1
Author: Linda Harley
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
Publication Date: September 1, 2012
Reviewed by: Ellen Fritz
Source: Received for review from author
Ellen’s star rating: 5/5
Doctor Lynn Davis is kidnapped by handsome Lord Kyle von Talion and taken to a far off planet, Saldiora. As she finds herself in this unfamiliar culture, she must learn to fight with a sword, ride a talking horse, and endure the politics of a royal court if she is to survive. Kyle has his hands full keeping Lynn from making cultural blunders and ensuring her safety. The Juntu's are plotting to take over Saldiora and consider Lynn to be a threat to their success. Will Lynn live long enough to fulfill her destiny and save the kingdom of Saldiora?
This book starts with the proverbial alien abduction – no, not by little green men, but rather some perfectly normal people. Doctor Lynn Davis is taken on a lengthy, rather perilous space journey which reminded me a bit of something from Star Wars. Although she is put to work as a deck hand as punishment after her attempt to escape and is then subjected to some strenuous training, Lynn finds herself becoming fond of the crew and especially so of Lord Kyle von Talion. The question is, who exactly is the captain and why is she kept away from him? When they reach the planet of saldiora, she is dumped into a whole new world of intrigue, strange creatures, slavery and antagonistic females.
Destiny's Flower is a comfortably paced read with lots of action and never a dull moment. The author uses situations in the story to explain the world of Saldiora and some of the rather unusual beings on it. Being a horse lover, I particularly enjoyed the talking horses. They can plan, aid their riders, have the status of nobility and have servants that work for them – how cool is that?!
The main character, Lynn, is a feisty woman who simply won't stand for the silly and often cruel rules laid down by the tribunal. Stuff the rules, this heroine goes ahead and does exactly as she pleases. When she is reprimanded or punished, she simply persists with her personal rebellion. Whether she ends up becoming the queen or not, she is determined to bring change to the planet and stop slavery. The other characters are unique, well defined and likable. The thoroughly nasty Juntu family and their followers are mean, relentlessly use blackmail and will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. And who exactly are Gabilla and Pablo?
I highly recommend Destiny's Flower to readers of all ages. Let's hope that we'll soon see a sequel to this enthralling five-star read.
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ABOUT the AUTHOR
Linda Harley was born in Durban, South Africa and at the age of 7 developed a love for music and writing. She received her BS and MS in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA in 2002 and 2004, respectively and in 2011 she received her PhD in Applied Physiology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Linda loves to travel and see the world. Experiencing new cultures and immersing herself into these cultures is a daily adventure for her.