Psychically linked lovers challenge the elite Council of Grand Masters in this vivid science fiction story. Young empath, Violet, and her cunning Grand Master, Athanor, unite in a crusade against the villains threatening civilization. A rollercoaster adventure with weird sentients, powerful psychics and deadly horrors balanced by lighthearted moments.
About the Author
Aurora Springer is a scientist morphing into a novelist. She has a PhD in molecular biophysics and discovers science facts in her day job. She has invented adventures in weird worlds for as long as she can remember. Her stories are character-driven romances set in weird worlds and sprinkled with lighthearted humor. Some of the stories were composed thirty years ago. She was born in the UK and lives in Atlanta, USA, with her husband, a dog and two cats to interfere with typing. Her hobbies, besides reading and writing, include outdoor activities like gardening, watching wildlife, hiking and canoeing.
By Lornwal on December 24, 2015
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GRAND MASTER’S MATE, the third and final book in Aurora Springer’s GRAND MASTER’S trilogy, is exciting and original. Full of breathtaking adventure on strange, fully realized worlds, it also completely satisfies on an emotional level. Characters are unique and well-rounded, and even the nonhumans have distinct and intriguing personalities. My favorite alien character is the enchanting and loyal, sentient plant Brightness Amarylla Threeleaf. Amarylla, who always refers to herself as Brightness, speaks in an alien voice that is charming and idiosyncratic without sounding Yoda-like. I was very glad that she figured so often in the story, as she was always a delight.
The main characters, Violet and Athanor Griffin, have grown greatly throughout the saga: Athanor in humanity, compassion, and sociability, Violet in maturity, experience, and self-confidence. I loved the way author Springer portrayed both characters, especially their growing love, respect, and intimacy (discretely handled). Athanor, despite his initial arrogance, actually comes to accept Violet as his partner and equal long before Violet is able to see herself that way. That she can finally do so is, I think, a great step in her deepening maturity.
I’ve enjoyed every book in the trilogy, but GRAND MASTER’S MATE is a particularly strong conclusion to the saga. I’m sorry to come to the end of the story, but it’s a wonderfully satisfying read in every way! Definitely recommended!
By Liza O’Connor on December 12, 2015
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What a fabulous ending to the most remarkable, intriguing, and creative Sci-Fi series I have ever read.
I absolutely love this series. It is so rich in strange sentients, all beautifully described, and so very different than humans, yet so alike them in other ways.
Of course, not all are ‘good’ sentients. Some are fabulous while others are cautious, playing both sides of the proverbial fence. And some are downright deadly evil and seem intent upon destroying everything.
Violet, the Grand Master’s Pawn and mate, has the ability to emote empathy, and let me say that when dealing with other sentients, this often makes the difference between life and death throughout all three books.
In fact, if you asked me, I would say Violet is more important than any of the Grand Masters since she can gently sway sentients to her side, even when she hasn’t asked for help. Violet is brave, kind, courageous, and highly skilled. It is not possible to create a better 3-dimensional heroine than Aurora Springer has.
But Aurora’s talents don’t end with well-rounded character. Nope! She also knows precisely how to make a memorable, non-stop action story. Three of them, in fact. But this one ends better than I ever anticipated