Jaine Fenn studied Linguistics and Astronomy at university before embarking on a career as an IT consultant. She is the author of the Hidden Empire books, the first two of which are PRINCIPLES OF ANGELS and CONSORTS OF HEAVEN; the third novel in this loosely linked series, GUARDIANS OF PARADISE, is due out in 2010. She lives with her husband in Hampshire.
Jarek Reen knows that the Sidhe, a race of beautiful creatures thought to have been wiped out hundreds of years ago, still exist. Able to enslave humans by bending them to their will, the Sidhe continue to exert an insidious influence on space-faring humanity. Together with Nual, a rogue Sidhe, and Taro, a former street kid now an elite assassin, Jarek seeks to fathom the secret behind the "shift" technology that enables practical space flight and that is somehow linked to the Sidhe's behind-the-scenes machinations. The third installment in Fenn's series (Principles of Angels; Consorts of Heaven) reunites the main characters from the previous books and sends them on a journey that tests their mettle and principles. VERDICT Fenn has a way with characters that makes them utterly believable, both flawed and fortunate. This strong series should appeal to readers of Sharon Shinn's "Samaria" novels and fans of far future sf. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.