Littlejohn is the Command Master of the Edderis forces Ė a warrior
sworn to defend her kingdom, especially against her father who has
become the new chief priest of the Panopian Order. Belle was been
in the hatred of the Order, and is disgusted in their misdeeds and
their beliefs. Now they have called for an Inquisition of Heresy,
an act that threatens any who are against the Order.
Nicholas Canne has spent the last eight years of his life in
servitude to king Rulon VII, in order to be able to claim his
ancestral homelands and title. After beginning to restore and
update his holdings, Xander decides to visit his new neighbors, the
Nydians. When he meets Belle, his preconceptions are challenged and
the attraction is instant.
In lands torn
apart by war and persecution as well as the depraved actions of a
degenerate few, can Belle and Xander find a way to be together?
took me several tries to really get into No Neutral Ground
and that was partly because my own expectations of the book were
incorrect. I began reading this story thinking it was a romance
with some fantasy. Not at all. No Neutral Ground is
a highly detailed fantasy with an elaborate world of religious and
cultural conflict with a romance that blossoms despite it all. Itís
probably one of the most complex worlds Iíve seen recently and that
really kept me in the story.
I loved the
fact that Xander and Belle were both equally strong and heroic. The
true love between equals made me smile at the end. This book is not
terribly spicy but the emotions of the characters permeates their
Neutral Ground a chance, let yourself absorb the world and
customs and donít put it down too easily. You wonít be disappointed.