- Series: Tarkei Chronicles
- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Five Directions Press (September 8, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692264485
- ISBN-13: 978-0692264485
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,344,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Desert Flower (Tarkei Chronicles) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 8, 2014
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About the Author
In addition to Desert Flower and its sequel, Kingdom of the Shades, C. P. Lesley is the author of The Not Exactly Scarlet Pimpernel and Legends of the Five Directions, a series set in Russia and the Tatar lands during the childhood of Ivan the Terrible. The Golden Lynx (Legends 1: West), The Winged Horse (Legends 2: East), and The Swan Princess (Legends 3: North) are already in print; she is currently working on The Vermilion Bird (Legends 4: South).
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The idea of space travel enabling humans to colonize the universe is not new, nor is the idea that human form and cultural behavior would be modified, even genetically, by the environments in which colonies were established. That said, I was greatly impressed by Ms. Lesley's focus on the nuances of cultural differences and interrelationships between what became variants in human species. Yet, even among the variant species, there are characters of great honor to be admired, and villains who are unbelievably vile.
Though I am NOT a romance aficionado, Ms. Lesley has made the story about the relationship/spiritual connection between the protagonists—Danion and Sasha—very engaging without having to focus on their inevitable physical connection. Their story tugs at the heart and soul in ways I had not expected.
What a wonderful concept, "the joining!" Would that we humans could experience that in the way Ms. Lesley has described! I've always felt that intimacy is truly achieved when souls can be naked with one another, not necessarily bodies. The joining seems to imply that two souls are naked with one another and accepted in fullness first, perhaps long before their physical bodies have been naked in each other's presence.
The story is also a thriller. It is fast paced and sometimes a nail-biter. The ending, a stomach-clenching surprise which induces a craving that can be satisfied in only one way...reading "Kingdom of the Shades."