Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Pen Review: Starquest

Welcome to the Sunday edition of The Pen Review!
Today's pick for review is Starquest by Hywela Lyn.

Starquest by Hywela Lyn
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Fantasy/Futuristic, Romance
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If you are looking for action, danger, romance, and love the science fiction then look no further than Hywela Lyn's futuristic romance, Starquest! Starquest follows the heroine Jestine Darnell. The story starts off with a heart pumping action as Jestine finds that she must abandon her ship, but is soon saved by the crew of the Destiny. Jestine is on a mission and to keep a promise to save the world from slavery, a mission she refuses to disclose with the crew of the Destiny. Leaving those around her a bit suspicious of her actions and to further watch her should should she do anything irrational. Could the crew of the Destiny give her the benefit of the doubt? Jestine is so focused on her mission that love is the last thing on her mind. Until she meets, Keri Marchant the Destiny's second in command, who makes his distrust of her painfully obvious, despite the chemistry between them. This makes the completion of her mission a bit harder.

This wonderful tale takes place in a trouble time. A time in which the Union’s stranglehold on Earth is strong and the enemy, the Grakk's have spies lurking in every corner. Hywela's story is written beautifully, her dialogue on point, and her descriptions magical. I really enjoyed reading Jestine's story. Her character was outspoken, strong, and selfless. Will Jestine complete her mission, what obstacles will she run into, and will her heart be stolen? To find out check out some the excerpt below!


His eyes misted as he lifted her into his arms. “It should have been me. That laser was meant for me—”

His voice faltered, and he shook his head to clear his vision. A smear of blood glistened on her lips...a stain on perfection and evidence of his own negligence.


He should have prevented this. Somehow, he should have prevented it! He ran his fingers through the mass of flame-colored hair, golden highlights gleaming in the Phidian sunshine. He buried his face in its softness and held her close to his heart, hoping that somehow his words might filter through to her subconscious mind, as her life slowly ebbed away. “Forgive me, Jess. I love you. I always will...always. I could never tell you how much.”

An instinctive sense of danger pierced his grief. He whirled and rolled over his shoulder, just in time to avoid the laser aimed at his back. The blaster he picked up from close to where Jess had fallen made short and bloody work of his would-be assassin, but it seemed even Jess's last moments were to be denied him. He was compelled to leave her and concentrate on destroying the assailants who came at him from all sides.

If they could still rout Ayandos's men and free the Phidians, Jess would not have died for nothing.

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  1. Thank you for the lovely review, Denise, I'm so glad you enjoyed Starquest. Your Blog is beautiful.

  2. Thank you Hywela! I look forward to reading your other work as well. Take care!