Desert Flower (Paperback)
Love plays no part in marriage arrangements on the desert planet of Tarkei. So when Danion, junior priest of the sun goddess, finds himself drawn, in defiance of his oath of celibacy, to a human ballerina encountered by chance, he does his best to resist. The ballerina, tormented by memories of violence that may be real or just the product of an unknown enemy's twisted mind, has no interest in him anyway-or so they think. But Tarkei has an ancient tradition: that two unusually compatible people, whether they believe they belong together or not, can bond at first touch. Once formed, the link lasts until death. Legend calls it "the joining." Danion calls it a myth. He and his ballerina will soon discover who's right.
C. P. Lesley, a historian, is the author of "The Not Exactly Scarlet Pimpernel," the Tarkei Chronicles, and three novels in the Legends of the Five Directions series, set during the childhood of Ivan the Terrible-"The Golden Lynx," "The Winged Horse," and "The Swan Princess." She is currently working on "The Vermilion Bird" (Legends 4: South).