by Deborah Chester
Cover Artist: Matt Stawicki
Review by Mel Jacob
Ace Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441015481
Date: 27 November 2007 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Beautiful and gentle Lea, the emperor's sister and beloved by many, struggles to maintain her balance among evil men and demons. The fate of the empire lies on her slender shoulders. When the Ulinian warlord Vordachai hires his brother Shadrael, a disgraced legion commander turned mercenary and bandit, to capture her, neither of them anticipates how their plans might go astray. Thus begins The Pearls, Deborah Chester's first novel in her new fantasy series The Pearls and the Crown. From official release/information:
From back of book: Lady Lea--beloved sister of the Emperor Caelan--is beautiful, good-hearted, and magically gifted, with the ability to see into the hearts of others. And when what she sees moves her to tears, those tears are transformed into flawless pearls.
Lord Shadrael, dispatched by his warlord brothers to kidnap a member of the royal family, chooses Lea. A hardened warrior, he believes himself impervious to her powerful gifts. But on their journey through the fearsome Hidden Ways of the shadow world, he is drawn to Lea's goodness and inner strength...
In Shadrael, Lea can foresee her destiny, even as she anticipates great grief. For ultimately, if she is to save Shadrael from his own darkness, she will have to choose between her brother and her abductor...