Agent Toemeka Ganti, code-named Star Rider, lives on the edge.
Her latest spy mission is to overthrow General Bhandar, the despot of Jaipar, who’s being controlled by Samrat Condor, a mighty sorcerer and interplanetary conqueror. And Samrat Condor isn’t about to loosen his stranglehold on Jaipar.
Toemeka is only too aware of Condor: she remembers the time his space fleet destroyed her home planet, killing her family while she barely escaped with her life.
Toemeka must preserve her cover, despite secretly taking on many side operations that threaten to derail her primary mission. Her main work of creating a shield-destroying oscillator prototype is a key to winning the conflict. However her overbearing boss Commander Rochambeau disrupts her and pressures Toemeka daily with thinly veiled bullying tactics: either become his mistress or face certain death at the hands of Condor.
Michio Kimes, a handsome spiritual warrior training to battle sorcery, seriously complicates Toemeka’s mission. Her only hope of surviving these tremendous odds lies with her trusted Coalition partner Erling Fenian and their rogue team, who band together with the local underground resistance in the fight to free the people of Jaipar and restore the rightful heir to the throne.
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Star Rider on the Razor’s Edge delivers it all: rounded characters, strong plotting, and plenty of romance.
Toemeka, the protagonist, is a complex character with technical prowess, common sense and great dedication to her cause. Her family has been wiped out, her planet destroyed, and her current spy mission must succeed or more carnage will result. Yet she has sufficient youth (even a refreshing naiveté sometimes), and enough foibles to make her well rounded. She faces serious challenges trying to unseat a despot while creating a shield-destroying device that will allow her to do it. As in our present day work world, Toemeka copes with political maneuvering and low tactics that trip her up. But her instincts, shrewdness and discipline carry her though difficulties with her superior, Commander Rochambeau, and serve her well during romantic liaisons, a few of which could lead to disaster.
Skarie’s writing has great appeal. I admire her ability to thread the uncertainties and heat of romance into a high tech plot set well in the future, one that maintains our interest with its unusual weaponry, modes of transportation and surprising tactics. In addition, Skarie seamlessly infuses the novel’s major events with spirituality and mysticism; Toemeka possesses a supernatural ability to read a situation and respond to invisible cues, a quality that saves her time and again.
While the pace can be swashbuckling and rollicking, it sometimes slows and smolders. The reader is never given all he/she wants, which kept me turning pages. I really enjoyed the high points and suspense as Toemeka battled to defeat her enemies: the ruthless General Bhandar (shades of Putin), the sorcerer Condor, and worst of all, the overbearing and libidinous Rochambeau. But all was not endless embattlement. Toemeka’s challenges also included romantic confusion, dangerous attachments and dilemmas in scenes with her partner, Erling, and her good looking compatriot, Michio. Toemeka, like any spy worth her salt, never forsakes her mission. Star Rider will keep you guessing on several fronts until the surprising end.
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Star Rider on the Razor’s Edge is a beautiful science fiction/metaphysical novel by a brilliant author, Heidi Skarie.
I was keen to read the novel having loved the author’s previous novel and was once again left pleasantly surprised. The story is so well told, it’s full of action and conflict, both emotional and spiritual. It blends sci-fi, adventure, romance, metaphysical and visionary genres and is based on a series of dreams the author had, which I found particularly interesting.
The main character, Toemeka is a strong free-minded spirit with many talents, challenges but also deep traumas to be dealt with. Her persona and mission crabbed me right at the beginning and kept me interested until the very end.
On a whole the novel is action-driven, past-paced and atmospheric. The reader delves into the world of different planets, mythical creatures, aliens and sorcery. I liked the idea of the characters travelling to their inner worlds through light and sound channels and being able to leave and re-enter their bodies in spirit form. I also enjoyed the philosophy that the author presented, particularly that about our thoughts and emotions driving our destiny. The protagonists are guided let go of their fears and negative emotions that hold them back in order to empower themselves and sustain in body and soul.
I’d recommend this novel to everyone who likes sci-fi action novels infused with spiritual insights.
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Star Rider on the Razor’s Edge had me from page one! It has the perfect combination for quality entertainment — I didn’t want to put it down but I also didn’t want it to end!
Historically, I’m a consumer of self-help books. After reading Star Rider, I’m now a fan of Heidi Skarie’s romantic science fiction. If you ever thought that living a spiritual life is boring, you haven’t met Skarie’s characters. While Toemeka, Michio, Erling and Koriann each have a deep commitment to their spiritual practice and being love-filled people, they’re also living lives packed with adventure, danger, evil, love and lust.
I’m relieved to know there’s a sequel in the works, and that I can read Skarie’s Red Willow’s Quest in the meantime.
Lyndra Hearn Antonson, author, How to Find Love: A Spiritual Approach