SFRB Recommends 40: Keir by Pippa Jay #sfr #sfrom #romance #scifi
This week's recommendation comes from Rachel Leigh Smith.
A demon waiting to die... An outcast reviled for his discolored skin and rumors of black magic, Keirlan de Corizi sees no hope for redemption. Imprisoned beneath the palace that was once his home, the legendary 'Blue Demon of Adalucien' waits for death to finally free him of his curse. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise.
A woman determined to save him. Able to cross space and time with a wave of her hand, Tarquin Secker has spent eternity on a hopeless quest. Drawn by a compulsion she can't explain, she risks her apparent immortality to save Keir, and offers him sanctuary on her home-world, Lyagnius. But Quin has secrets of her own.
When Keir mistakenly unleashes the dormant alien powers within him and earns exile from Lyagnius, Quin chooses to stand by him. Can he master his newfound abilities in time to save Quin from the darkness that seeks to possess her?
For me, this novel is the quintessential science fiction romance. It combines just the right amount of tech, just the right amount of fantasy, and just the right amount of things science can't yet explain, with rich, complex characters and smooth, almost lyrical prose.
The world Pippa has created is one I want to spend more time in. There's so much to explore and learn about. And this time, I reached The End knowing the sequel is coming soon.