Keir by Pippa Jay
Publisher’s Description: A demon waiting to die…
An outcast reviled for his discolored skin and rumors of black magic, Keirlan de Corizi sees no hope for redemption. Imprisoned beneath the palace that was once his home, the legendary ‘Blue Demon of Adalucien’ waits for death to finally free him of his curse. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise.
A woman determined to save him.
Able to cross space and time with a wave of her hand, Tarquin Secker has spent eternity on a hopeless quest. Drawn by a compulsion she can’t explain, she risks her apparent immortality to save Keir, and offers him sanctuary on her home-world, Lyagnius. But Quin has secrets of her own.
When Keir mistakenly unleashes the dormant alien powers within him and earns exile from Lyagnius, Quin chooses to stand by him. Can he master his newfound abilities in time to save Quin from the darkness that seeks to possess her?
Book One of the Redemption series and part of the Travellers Universe.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Keir is interesting to describe. It’s billed as Sci-Fi Romance, though it has elements of Fantasy. Romantic Sci-Fantasy… It begins as expected of a Traditional Fantasy novel, though hints are dropped that all is not as it seems. Then it is solidly Science Fiction before blending the two and introducing Romance. That’s right, I read a romance novel – and I liked it. Moving on…
The Good: The two main characters, Keir and Quin, have strong personalities and motivations. This stems from well thought out and executed backgrounds that are revealed bit by bit as the story progresses. The chemistry between the two of them throughout the variety of locales and adventures they have is believable. Side characters have their own idiosyncrasies as well, making for a diverse cast.
I was immediately drawn into each location and world the characters found themselves in as they were presented. The worlds were very well described – enough description to bring the necessary imagery to set the stage and differentiate it from the other worlds to mind, yet not so much that it becomes a burden to the flow of the story. The cultures of each of the three worlds are incredibly diverse, yet strong and seemingly built on their own histories. This made it easy to accept them.
The Bad: I’m always frustrated by a common theme in love stories, particularly those in Urban Fantasy novels: both characters loving one another yet not only oblivious to the other’s feelings, but misinterpreting everything they do, every time, as the opposite. This happens in real life – it can happen in books, that’s fine. Yet the characters in these scenarios rarely work it out in a timely manner; it simply drags on, and on. Unfortunately, this happens in Keir. Thankfully, it did not last as long as I had expected it to, and did eventually resolve itself satisfactorily.
The ending wrapped up things succinctly, but felt a little rushed; it seemed to end too fast. Thankfully, this will likely be remedied by the release of the second book later this year.
The Conclusion: A fast paced world-jumping romantic science-fantasy romp spanning entire eras of time and space, Keir is a fantastic, wild ride. I was never bored. The subtitle is Redemption, and more than one character experiences this in some way, whether blatant or implied. Being a Romance novel, there is sex present, but it is not a focus at all. The reader knows it’s happening, and some emotions are provided, and then the story moves on; it was an appropriate amount present tastefully. I recommend giving Keir your attention.
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I’m not going to lie. I’ve never read a Science Fiction Romance novel before Keir. I don’t know what to relate this to. If you like Doctor Who and also romance, give this a go?