By Van Hill Millvele
The author once again presents us with a rather unique world. This one focuses on beauty,
where plastic surgeons are more plentiful that telemarketers. It is also a world where you
can get a Mark, which downplays your role in society. Which can be given for any reason THEY see fit, the group that controls this also can leavy fines also for any reason THEY see
fit. But what happens to that money become an important point later in the story.
The story focuses on Quigley and Zada.
As Zada goes about her life, she is approached by Dr. Odette Bloodstone and offers plastic surgery.Her friend Chet (A Prince) sits next to her, Zada is mad at him because he wants Zada for a mistress.
Chet is rude and generally selfish no wonder assassins want to kill him, Zada stops them.
Next we focus on Quigley, Who at a Potluck Supper meets Zada.
A fake date Zada and Quigley go on to a restaurant where their meal ruined by Chet.
The more they hang out together the more they fall in love.
Turns out King Valor (A real villain) wants Chet dead, meanwhile the Mark Board is sending money to him.
Once someone named Penny enters the story things happen fast. It seems Penny had evidence on a sweatshop, which Quigley must retreat. Once this is in the hands of those who do the most good.
This then leads to the Marks against Zada to be removed, and her and Quigley getting married. As for Prince Chet, he gets his in the end.
A nice short novel which tells of how beauty can become so important that beauty drugs and plastic surgery can become common as the cold. Here we get the story of Zada and Quigley who simply want to be together. But Prince Chet demands a mistress, and there are forces in this world beyond their understanding. But that is where this book shines. We see their struggles, but will they succeed? Only time will tell. Well worth checking out, like the author’s other works.