by Catherine Asaro
Cover Artist: David Mattingly
Review by Carolyn Frank
Baen Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781416591603
Date: 05 May 2009 List Price $23.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Your basic fervently musical, highly charismatic, wildly poetical, black sheep, rock star remains true to form even when he is from a different planet but making his music on an Earth several centuries from now. Having been stranded on Earth when the remainder of his Skolian Empire ruling family abruptly departed, Del stumbles into his most treasured dream career as the composer and lead singer in a rock band. His first single hit tune, Diamond Star, strikes chords with the people of Earth, although he had written it about his twin sister. From official release/information:
Product Description: Del was a rock singer. He was also the renegade son of the Ruby Dynasty, which made his career choice less than respectable, and gave him more to worry about than getting gigs and not getting cheated by recording companies, club owners, or his agent. For one thing, the Ruby Dynasty ruled the Skolian Imperialate, an interstellar Empire, which had recently had a war with another empire, the Eubian Concord. For another, Del was singing on Earth, which was part of a third interstellar civilization, and one which had an uneasy relationship with the Imperialate. Del undeniably had talent, and was rapidly rising from an unknown fringe artist to stardom. But, with his life entangled in the politics of three interstellar civilizations, whether he wanted that or not, talent might not be enough. And that factor might have much more effect than his music on the lives of trillions of people on the thousands of inhabited worlds across the galaxy.