Pretenders (Part Three of the Okal Rel Saga)
Is the need to play a role a threat to the throne of Sevildom?
Back from exile to claim the throne of Sevildom, Ev’rel must play the frail princess with the Demish to claim power as she is tempted by her feelings for her ex-mentor Di Mon.
But does she love him or hate him? Disillusioned by Ev’rel’s warped sexuality, but desperate to secure her as a leader, Di Mon is terrified she will discover the equally forbidden bond between himself and the young forbidden Reetion, Ranar.
An unwilling contender for the throne, Ev’rel’s beautiful, battered son Amel longs for friendship with tom-boy Ayrium, who has been sent to court to put down her sword and don a dress to win court allies for her rebel alliance.
Ayrium meets a peculiar, reclusive scholar from Monitum and worries romance will distract her from her true agenda. Will her inconvenient love interest change everything for everyone?
About Lynda Williams
Born 1958 in Prince George, British Columbia, Lynda holds three post secondary degrees. Her last Masters was in computation from McMaster University in Hamilton. She works as Instructional Designer for the Rural Acute Care Nursing Certification program at the University of Northern B.C. Lynda is married to David Lott with daughters Jennifer, Angela and Tegan. [MORE]
The Virtual Bookmark — an interactive supplement to the BCTLA's professional journal — the Bookmark, has recently stated in their release of Canada's Best Science Fiction, labeled Lynda Williams, author of the Okal Rel Saga and the newly released Pretenders, and Tesseracts Ten through Twelve as being among Canada's best Science Fiction.
"Pretenders brings the level of secrecy inherent in the ORU to its peak, with characters new and familiar faced with some of the brightest and ugliest moments in the series. There's a careful balance of perspectives that offer new insight as well as give a global picture to the rich, wide span of influences in the Gelack Empire. The secrets tug and twist around and between characters, with climactic results. Bridging the gap beautifully and concisely to Throne Price, I'd recommend this book to any fan of the series." - Hal J. Friesen, Amazon.com
"Seriously, if anyone wants to read something fun, intruiging, and captivating, ANY of the books from this series would rock.This one has more politics than the first two, and is sadly given teh job of explaining everything from Throne Price too much for it to stand on it's own as well as the others. There is a quick fix for that though. Read them all. You won't regret it." - Amazon.com
"In this well-written and detailed story, the author uses many original words and phrases to make the tale come alive. If readers enjoys fast-moving complicated plots, swordplay, relationships, and a setting involving different worlds and space opera, they should be well satisfied." - Ronald Hore, CM Magazine
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