Crystal Flame (Lost Colony #2)
The last survivor of a proud heritage, coolly sensual Kalena embarks on a daring mission to avenge her family. A soldier called the Fire Whip is commanded to tame her, but instead he becomes the only lover to melt her frozen heart. Their love, born of fire and ice, must shatter the darkness that threatens their world.
I should have stopped reading, but I kept going for the purpose of writing a review, and hoping, maybe, something would be good later. It got a little better during the last part, but not enough. The characters didn’t intrigue me. The conversations didn’t interest me. The plot was based on a potentially interesting idea, but it was not developed well. I felt no chemistry between the couple. I wasn’t drawn to Ridge, the hero. I was bored during th ...more
It's a good read in terms of understanding Krentz's development as a writer.
The hero, Ridge, had extremely chauvinistic opinions about women, especially wives, and their role in the world. And the heroine, Kalena, more or less fell in line and played the dutiful woman. She occasionally tried to ass ...more
Crystal Flame is a companion book to Sweet Starfire, although both are stand-alone reads. They are set int he same universe, but have no characters or events binding them. Sweet Starfire is an excellent sci-fi romance which I highly recommend. Crystal Flame is more fantasy than romance, and while still enjoyable, was a weaker book overall.
The story starts out strong, with mai ...more
In this story, the world is still quite primitive and not very technically advanced. The High Healers are women who lived in a remote high mountain valley and provide a much prized medical aid. When they suddenly sealed themselves inside the valley and refused to deal with the outside world except for a properly married wife, the Trade ...more
CRYSTAL FLAME is a 1980s sci-fi romance. It is the story of Kalena who is one of the last of her House and has been raised to seek revenge against the man who killed her brother and father. She has been sent to be married to the murderer's right hand man Ridge. When her plan goes awry, Kalena and Ridge travel to discover the secrets of fire and ice, light and darkness, make and female.
As is true with many 1980s romances, the hero here is an alpha male, but Kalena is strong and ind ...more
The whole plot seemed out there - secret cults, magical keys, etc, but it was fun and the alpha hero totally made the ...more
So the h is contracted to be a "trade wife" - a temporary wife for the duration of a trading run. Only, her real intention is to kill her temporary husband's boss...
She can't do it. They go off on the adventure to discover the boss was manipulating them because he has delusions of grandeur. Many weeks later... he confronts the boss, etc.
I had issues with t ...more
If you're going to read Krentz, this is the kind of story you should check out. Again, it's sci-fi, but not so out of this world as Sweet Starfire. Ridge is one of Krentz's best heroes, and the heroine shows the kind of backbone you wish you saw more often in these books. I'm not going to spoil it any further--this is one you should have the pleasure of discovering for yourself.
I'm not quite sure how I feel about this book. There was a lot of dialogue about male vs female roles in it. Sometimes annoying, sometimes apt. I did like both of the main characters, they were brave and clever in their own ways. The hero's notion that a wife must be subservient to her husband was a bit annoying at times but I understand that it was a part of their culture. Maybe 3.5 stars.
An early work by a known author. I liked everything plot, characters both major and minor, a wonderful plot and sub plot. I love the way Jayne creates her worlds and characters who are always interesting. I can't think of anything negative to say about this book. I would strongly recommend this and the other two books in this series.
The characters were real to me. Krentz is one of my favorite authors. She writes imaginative but believable stories try books by her other pseudonyms Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle.
She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a Masters degre ...more