Anna keeps to herself in rural North Carolina, raising her younger brother and never dreaming she might not be human. A ship descends from the sky and the handsome alien, Varick, proclaims that she is the long-lost ruler of his planet, forced to flee from their world by an experiment gone wrong.
Determined to discover her heritage as “the Vadana”, she journeys with Varick, her ‘Protector’, to their abandoned planet. Along the way, Varick strengthens her belief in herself as she struggles to be the leader her people need. Anna discovers that as soon as they return, the Council will force her to marry a man she’s never met, even while her heart is drawn towards Varick.
A romance between the Vadana and her Protector is forbidden above all, and can only end in Varick’s death. A prophet warns Anna and Varick that they can heal their solar system, but they can’t let anything stand in their way. Their growing love for each other will either save their world, or bring about destruction. AMAZON 5+ STARS
Wow, what a great story. I loved it and it didn't take long for me to be all in. I couldn't put it down. Great story, great people, great science fiction ideas, great twists and turns. Did I say how much I really loved this story? Interesting start to the book, right off the bat. Anna's brother, Brendan and her best friend, Hannah add to the story. Hannah has Anna's back, in her own sassy way. She was loyal, at times uncomfortably direct and mischievous and I couldn't help but like her too. There were also other people in the story who had an interesting part to play.
The enemies of The Realm kept coming out of the woodwork and kept trying to stop them from safely making it home. It made for some interesting times. I really enjoyed the realism of Anna trying to come to terms with all the truth that starts coming out. Even more real were the doubts that she has when it comes to being the Leader of her planet. And Varick, her Protector? Handsome, smart, honorable and good at his job. Proud to have reached the level of Protector and the fact that he now had someone to protect. What a great "guy" and so over his head when it came to dealing with this new Vadana. I enjoyed their relationship, even though they had a rocky start. What became clear pretty quickly was that her experiences of living on Earth had actually helped her as she gets into her new role. She is definitely NOT the typical, home planet raised future ruler. If there is going to be a rule or law, it better have some rhyme and logical reason for it. Just because it was tradition was not going to cut it with her.
Without giving too much away, I will say early on I had my suspicions about one of the people traveling with them. Didn't seem like one of the "good guys." Yep, I had it right. But it was fun finding out it was true, the motives and how that person tries to stick it to them.
By the way, what a great cover picture for the book, I liked that too. I kept going back and looking at it because its so pretty. Yes, I know, how girly of me.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.