Tuesday, October 11, 2011

ICARUS UNBOUND by Bernadette Gardner

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Date published: January 2011
ISBN 978-1-59578-795-8
Reviewed by Tammy
Obtained via: publisher
Obtained via: publisher

Bernadette Gardner (aka Jennifer Colgan) has proven her skill as a writer with ICARUS UNBOUND, a short story of survival, forgiveness and fiery passion.

Laramee Faulkner, the only fully human member of the winged population of Icarus, has always had a hard time fitting in with her tribe. While other children teased her, none taunted her quite as much as Jaran. Now that Jaran is ruling the Icarians and Laramee is faced with her mating time, it is with some trepidation that she returns home to find out who Jaran has decided she will be mated with. When she discovers Jaran has chosen himself as her mate, her first thought is that he is playing a cruel trick on her at worst or punishing her for her lack of Icarian blood at best. But Jaran has been in love with Laramee from a distance forever and now that the opportunity presents itself, he plans to make her his.

It takes a truly unique author to be able to successfully pen a short story that readers will want to pay for. At less than eighty pages, this reader did not have high hopes for ICARUS UNBOUND. Boy was this reader mistaken. Ms. Gardner has proven to be that exception to the rule that we all enjoy discovering.

The world she has created for her Icarians is full of beauty and detailed imagery. The determination of the people to strengthen their bloodlines and preserve their way of life shines throughout the story. Their unique symbion bond is both original and imaginative. Lara’s struggle to fit in and her confused feelings for her new mate are deeply felt. Ms. Gardner’s ability to portray such a complex and multifaceted story as ICARUS UNBOUND in such a short story places her at the top of this reader’s “auto buy” list. This reader sincerely hopes that Ms. Gardner revisits the Icarians in future stories. This is just the kind of book that translates so well onto the big screen. How about it Ms. Gardner? Could there be a movie in the Icarians future?

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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