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Sweet Starfire (Lost Colony #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  1,715 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Beautiful Cidra, raised amid a serene, spiritual race, is unprepared for Teague, the rugged adventurer from another race, the Wolves. Side by side on a dangerous quest, they battle both human and alien dangers--and find that their passion holds more danger than they know.
Paperback, 375 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 1985)
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Sci-Fi Romance Reading Challenge 2011

Sweet Starfire was published in 1986, presumably before Jayne Ann Krentz was writing her sci-fi romance under the name Jayne Castle. I didn't look at the copyright date until after I'd finished, and was surprised to find this was Krentz's first "futuristic" book. In my opinion, it's one of the best I've read by her under any pen name. The book has a solid plot, great action scenes, a slow-building romance, well-developed characters, and detailed world-buildin...more
Jane Stewart
Nice, pleasant romantic suspense. Ok but nothing really special.

In the future humans have evolved into two types. Harmonics are intuitive, telepathic and more intelligent. They do scientific research. They meditate and seek harmony with others. Sex is secondary to them. Wolves are like humans of today. They can be smart. They like sex. (These wolves are not shifters, it’s a label.)

Cidra’s parents are Harmonics, but she does not have Harmonic abilities. She wants to search for an arti...more
An Odd1
The planet Renaissance is a clever detailed thorough invention, full of dangerous alien monsters and vegetation. Some parts seem unnecessary stretches by the author, such as gigantic toothed lizards that crash land and leave eggs in an ancient safe-hold. Huge mantis insects attack by glowing and somehow terrifying in the process, handily eliminating one villain.

Krentz incorporates terms, such as skimmer vehicles that traverse swamps, with easily flowing language and images to simplify and expand...more
This is a science fiction story about a for-hire pilot and a woman who is part of a race of beings that only feel "Higher Emotions."

I don't know that I could describe it any better than that in one sentence. Unfortunately, it's a bit complicated. I love Krentz, I've said it before, and while not everyone agrees with me, this is a great example of Krentz doing what she does best: creating strong, dangerous, yet caring heroes. The kind of men who don't--or can't-- express themselves well. The wor...more
Sheila Melo
Early Sci-fi Romance from JAK

SWEET STARFIRE is a science fiction romance written in the 1980s. It is the story of Cidra Rainforest who was born and raised by Harmonic parents but isn't one herself. Harmonics are telepathic and tend to have the intellectual dispassionate qualities of humans (think Spock). Cidra lacks telepathic abilities and is on a quest to obtain a facsimile of those abilities do that she can take her place amongst her family. She seeks to join the crew of one of the mail haule...more
I read all of Amanda Quick, but not all of Jayne Ann Krentz, but decided to pick this one up. It was a bit different than what I expected and it took me a while to get my head wrapped around the other-worldliness of it.

Cidra was an interesting character. How she managed to not get overly irritated with Severance is beyond me, but then she was pretty stubborn herself. I guess I couldn't blame him for egging her on about not being Harmonic. Trying to change who you essentially are is probably imp...more
Malgré l'explosion des sous-genres en romance, la romance mâtinée de science-fiction reste marginale et peu connue, y compris de moi-même… C'est pourquoi, lorsque j'ai lu quelque part que Sweet Starfire était considérée comme la première véritable romance SF (exceptant, donc, les ouvrages de SF teintés de romantisme), je me suis jetée dessus, curieuse impénitente que je suis. En plus, c'est JAK, quoi ! Une auteure qui a écrit de tout et qui rocke depuis les années 70, il faut quand même le faire...more
It's always interesting reading older books by a favourite author. This book is set in a world very similar to Harmony. The colonists are divided into Harmonics (telepaths who have gone above physical desires) and are revered by the people as "Saints" and Wolves - those who are not telepathic and are more governed by instincts and passions.

The story begins with Cidra, born to Harmonic parents but without telepathic abilities. She ventured out into the world in search of a mail pilot who would ta...more
Huh. An interesting I found myself wondering about the connection with the author's later series. Guess they all were founded under similar circumstances.

So our h was born...a bit different...from her people. Her people are ahhh.... kinda like monks I guess. Telepathic monks at that. She's not, and she's full of all those nasty emotions. She wants to be "normal" The H, out of a sense of responsibility, takes her on as a crew member in a ship that sounds like it's barely lar...more
This genre is always a delight. Jayne Ann Krentz creates wonderful worlds and characters with interesting plots while throwing in a little philosophy to get you thinking, like what would happen to the world if everyone lost their aggressive tendencies? Peace, certainly, but JAK makes you realize there could be some downsides as well. This book is possibly my favorite in this genre. I love the way the progression of events moves so smoothly to a turnabout in Cidra's way of thinking. It's easy to...more
Such fun! I've enjoyed other similar books that were in my mom's possession from the '70s and '80s -- I'm thrilled to see that some of them are making their way into ebooks! The relationship is pure romance novel, but there's some interesting worldbuilding there as well, and I found myself extremely interested in the mystery of the Ghosts. I'll probably look up the rest of these books to see what can be discovered! Really, my only quibble would be that I'd have been happier with less detail for...more
Love! Absolutely love this book! Jayne Ann Krentz has done it again! The perfect blend of adventure, romance & paranormal/scifi!
OK, I am way too happy with how this book turned out. I really knew nothing about it, except Susan Elizabeth Phillips recommended it on Facebook.

The world the author creates, along with the characters and the adventure are wonderful. The story often had me on the edge of my seat. And the romance was well developed and true to the characters. The world and premise really reminded me of Firefly and while it doesn't have all the great characters, I think it has some of the heart and sense of adven...more
I did enjoy the relationship between Teague and Cidra. They worked well together. If I was just basing the review on the relationship dynamice between Teague and Cidra, I would have given the book 4 stars. However, the plot was all over the place and I felt left a lot of holes. It was as if the last 1/3 of the book was a completely different story. Once they get pulled to the safehold and the alien/lizards. Also, in the end it didn't really explain what the point of the safehold and alien/lizard...more
Jenny Schwartz
It's one of Krentz's earlier books and it's interesting to see her play with some of the ideas she develops later. The pace is fast. The two characters memorable and work well together. Not sure how much the rug pet helps the plot--I definitely prefer her later work with the dust bunnies on Harmony. But I'm glad I bought the book. It's definitely on my re-read shelf.
This book was wonderful! I really enjoyed reading it. Wolves, Harmonics: the two-sided coin of humanity in space. The imagery was very good in this book, and I couldn't believe some of the creatures that live on Renaissance, so beautiful yet so very deadly. Cidra and Severance made a good combination and a good end to the book.
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Interesting sci-fi romance with lots of adventure and creative beings. Most of the hero and heroine's behavior in the relationship throughout the story seemed mature especially at the end. Cidra was raised in serenity and asks adventurer Severance to take her on a quest to find her missing component for inner peace.
This was my first futuristic romance and I loved it. Of course I read this when it first came out and my copy was almost worn out so when I saw they had re-released this one, Yep, You got it I bought it again. Give this one a try I think you will like it. Also try Crystal Flame I loved that one also.
This was very 80's. Still a nice story though. Loved Fred. The thing that really bothered me was that Cidra would really obviously learn something and then would be put in danger in the next scene and use the thing she obviously learned. Could have been a bit more subtle.
Judy Goodnight
I enjoy reading JAK's science fiction romances. I like that her core values shine through whether she's writing about contemporary men & women, Victorian era or other worlds. The important things are love, loyalty, honor, responsibility, family, trust and commitment.
Really enjoyable book. This is book comes before the Harmony books. I love the characters Severance and Cidra. He is rough and ready she starts as demure and contained but he brings out the Wolf in her is and enchanting story.
Jane (PS)
Good book. I was expecting it to be set in the world of Shield's Lady, but it is completely different. Not as captivating as some of the other Krentz books, but certainly an enjoyable read.
I loved this romance set in future times. The book is a bit dated and doesn't include the touch of paranormal Ms. Krentz uses in her newer books, however, it's a great read.
Very different from my average romance. Imaginative and -stealing a word off the back cover-untamed.
Full of adventure and passion.
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First time I've read Ms. Krentz doing a bit of fantasy. I like it! I hope she writes more in a different world.
I didn't really like the female protagonist at first, but the story was good and moved along quickly. A good read.
Darlene Daniel
this is a good book it started out kind of weird than it got better the more you read see what you think
Disappointing book. The main plot gets lost. Characters have unbelievable revelations. It just kinda sucked.
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