The Lily and the Crown by Roslyn Sinclair is brilliant, that’s all you need to know. If you haven’t read it, stop reading this, buy it, borrow it – just go and read it.
The story starts when introverted botanist Ari gets a slave from her father, a bigshot officer on an imperial space station. Ari is opposed to slavery and makes this new slave her assistant.
Sinclair creates thoroughly intriguing and believable characters and tells the love story just beautifully. The backdrop is simple, rather like a watercolour sketch: here’s the station, here the surrounding space and a few planets, and there are space pirates who operate around there.. but it’s enough for the setting. It’s also general enough not to put anyone who’s not really into sci-fi off.
Of course the reader will realise Assistant’s identity well before Ari has any idea, but that’s to be expected. All the better to see how things progress!
I love this book and have gushed about it to anyone willing to listen! I actually had to take a few days to gather my thoughts and think of what to say, or else this so-called review would have been just keyboard smashing and multiple exclamation marks (OMGsogood asdfasdgolkjeryhjj!!!!1111).. yeah, no. Wonderful book.