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Kinsman's oath
Krinard, Susan.
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Berkley Sensation edition.
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New York : Berkley Pub., [2004]

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403 pages ; 18 cm
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"Berkley Sensation."
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In her popular novella in the New York Timesbestselling Out of this Worldanthology, Susan Krinard created a futuristic world of humans, telepaths, and an alien race called the shaauri. Now, she returns to that future galaxy with a captivating tale about two telepaths who have nothing in common--except the love they share for each other.

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Booklist Review

Captain Cynara D'Accorso, fearless leader of the spaceship Pegasus, comes to a place where women are barely considered people and are forced to hide their faces behind veils. But through a strange twist of fate, Cynara has inherited a title and command of her own vessel. She offers sanctuary to Ronan, a handsome but badly scarred human who's fleeing the dreaded shaauri, ferocious cat-like warriors who abducted him as a child. Cynara's crew doesn't necessarily agree with their captain's decision: they worry that Ronan might be one of the traitorous Kinsmen. As Cynara develops feelings for the mysterious refugee, evidence begins to surface that her crew's suspicions might be correct. Krinard, known for her imaginative paranormal romances, including The Forest Lord0 (2002) and To Catch a Wolf 0 BKL S 15 03, has penned a fantastic futuristic romance complete with political intrigue and out-of-this-world adventure. Filled with intricate details of other worlds, species, and cultures, this is sure to appeal to a crossover audience, especially fans of such authors as J. D. Robb and Maggie Shayne. --Shelley Mosley Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Two telepaths from very different backgrounds find love in Krinard's elaborate futuristic romance, which revisits the complex world she created in "Kinsman," her short story contribution to the Out of this World (2001) anthology. Those who are familiar with this futuristic landscape may enjoy this imaginative tale, but others will likely feel one step behind from the first page. In the opening scene, young Ronan VelKalevi is captured by the beast-like Shaauri, a race reviled by humankind. As a grown man, Ronan finally escapes from the Shaauri with the help of Cynara D'Accorso, captain of the spaceship Pegasus. Ronan and Cynara are both misfits-he's distinctly human but he's been taught by the Shaauri to despise his own kind, and she's a strong woman who hails from a planet where women are second-class citizens. Cynara and Ronan prod each other's minds and connect in an erotic way, but it soon becomes apparent that Ronan has been programmed to kill a prominent human leader. The affair between Ronan and Cynara, while compelling, is too often overshadowed by the politics of Krinard's world. Overpopulated and overstuffed with exposition, this book isn't likely to achieve the popularity of the author's Wolf romances (To Catch a Wolf, etc.). Agent, Ruth Cohen. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

When starship captain Cynara D'Accorso rescues Ronan VelKalevi as he flees his shaauri pursuers, she runs the risk that he is not the fugitive he claims to be. But Ronan is unaware that he isn't what (or who) he thinks he is either-or that he has been sent on a deadly mission that could throw their world into chaos. Returning to the futuristic world she first created in her novella "Kinsman" in the anthology Out of This World (2001), Krinard takes a pair of seemingly mismatched telepaths, lets them fall in love, and then sends them into a situation that could mean their deaths-or bring peace between humans and the shaauri, a catlike alien race. Cultural differences, interpersonal communications, family loyalties, and political intrigue (on a galactic scale) are front and center in this well-written story, which nicely balances fast-paced action with thoughtful introspection and puts a futuristic spin on a number of age-old problems. Writer Krinard (When Darkness Falls) is especially noted for her werewolf books. She lives in Concord, CA. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.