This book has it all! Romance, action, gritty battle scenes, death, otherworldly aliens, I couldn't put it down! This story follows Mike, your typical off world soldier with a mission on a typical closed planet. At least thats what he thinks when he gets to Mahjundar. He is asked to escort an Imperial Princess to meet her husband after he saves her from a bomb blast, delaying strict orders to retrieve something of value from an accidental spaceship wreck. Against his better judgement he agrees to escort the blind Princess to meet her betrothed. During their trial-ridden journey Mike ends up falling in love with the beautiful Princess Shalira. He is in for one heck of a ride as he attempts to save the Princess from certain death. This story is beautiful in the telling. Veronica Scott is equal to any science fiction writer from Orson Scott Card to Anne McCaffrey. I encourage you to pick this book up and give it a go. One aside to the writer: the one explicit sex scene in the book is not needed and overdone. As a matter of fact the scene felt rather vulgar in comparison to the overall writing style and out of place. In the future I would suggest a milder approach to that particular scene... Less is more. This book does contain some explicit material and is not suitable for children. I normally would not review a book with such an explicit scene, but the writing style itself is magnificent. I commend the author and congratulate her on an imaginative, unique work.