Rejar is actually the second book of the Matrix of Destiny series. It’s arguably the most fully realized, best developed story of the three. Knight of A Trillion Stars was a bit too “Basil Exposition”, and Mine to Take was extremely good, but did not invest in a lot of back story. Rejar has just enough back story to lift and separate but not smother.
Here’s the original cover. Nice! If you click on this cover, it will take you to www.paperbackswap.com. It’s worth hunting down the original edition because of this droolicious cover that is NOT Fabio. He makes “Lorgin” seem almost pretty in comparison.
The story picks up where KoATS left off – with Rejar jumping into a black hole of sorts to get rid of a gemstone that bends time. Releasing the stone into space creates kind of a chemical reaction and new space is created. Like when you read something you’ve never read before and the experience creates new neural paths in your brain. That’s what the “matrix” is – outer space neural pathways. Cool!
When I read M2T, I wondered about the phrase Ree Gen Cee Ing Land. I kept coming back to it, running it over in my head. When it hit me, I was all, like, DUH!!! YOU ONLY READ A THOUSAND BARBARA CARTLANDS!” Regency England! The Prince Regent. The pronunciation threw me off. The native “Aviaran” language is spoken with occlusives and nasal stops in multi-syllabic words: “Lee Oh Nah” (Leona). Hence the segmentation of the phrase “Regency England”. Also, I don’t know if it’s a hearing thing or what, but there’s a case of syllable reversal when Lorgin calls Deana “Adeean”. I’m not sure what the linguistic precedence is for that is, but it’s interesting.
I felt the same as some other people who wrote reviews at Amazon – “Lilac” was too wimpy, too immature, to handle a mansteak like Rejar. She was book smart, but life stupid. It’s not her fault, but as I went through the story, Rejar liked her simple, good heart. She taught him to read. How could I not love that? They did something very special with The Tempest! Genius! LOL. While he was trying to shag her, she was trying to make a friend of him. Respect.
Lorgin and Deana made a cameo and “Traed” (“Mister Tray Ed”) almost ran away with the story. His part was written in perfectly. The construction of the character arcs are logically fused and interesting. This is why it hurts so much that Joy has lost her mojo. It’s also this kind of great writing that turns readers into fans and fans into obsessives. Fourteen years later and we are still panting for Traed’s novel. Don’t freak out if it doesn’t happen. See Gail Faulkner and Elizabeth Lowell below.
Be careful what you wish for…
The way Joy is writing now, I don’t want her to even touch Traed. Remember when Kenyon fans were nigh unto screaming for Acheron? When it finally came out, it was so full of all sorts of awfulness that you were totally depressed by the time you go to the part where he met Tori. Then…it wasn’t particularly romantic. Relentless sturm und drang. Little chemistry between them. But you know what, we hammered poor Kenyon for an Acheron book and she delivered a big-ass book. For that, I am grateful.
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- Acheron: The Man, The God, The Fiance, The Book
- Acheron: Half-man, Half-god, Twice-born, All-cursed Lora Leigh fans are possibly even more obsessed. They want a novel for any man who pokes his head into the storyline. She gives her fans pretty much whatever they want! God bless her. So many of us are complaining that we don’t like the current stories from the last year or so. Again – be careful what you bitch for. (I myself am guilty of said complaining, but I have faith that things will get better.)
Lori Foster fans wanted a story for Joe Winston. She gave us one. And it was awesome! The chemistry between Joe and “Luna” was believable and fun. Just a Hint, Clint – not so much. We made noise that we wanted a book for “Julie Rose”. We got it; it’s wasn’t good. To me, it was a book just to tide us over until we got a book for “Jamie”. Oh, the wails and squeals! The breathless panting! I think, after ACHERON, JAMIE seemed to be one of the most demanded books from a series, with the added bonus that it was fun and interesting.
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(This cover is from a reprint.)
Here’s another series that started out firing on all pistons then slowly ran down. Every story weaker than the last, but with glimpses of fascinating threads of possibilities. Most of those, like the Khan-Gor arc, will most probably never be realized because writers, like musicians, move on. They get interested in other things and let older things go. Jude Deveraux started weaning us off the Montgomerys and Taggerts by writing books about other people that included maybe one or two of them, but they were secondary or tertiary characters. It’s natural.
By the time Never a Slave was published, it had been over. That short story should have been added in to another story because, even as a short, it was insultingly bad. However, it was probably done because fans were nagging for a story for Julian.
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Oh my God! It actually hurts that this series has gone dormant. Faulkner teased us with a short excerpt from a “new” story for the last member of the “Ghost Unit”, but never got it to the point of publication. She has moved on and has not been publishing for about three years now. This was a kick-ass series! The guys are a blast! But alas, no “Tammy” and “Miguel”. No “Jackson”. Waaaaaaaahhhh!!!
The only thing to do is to start writing fanfiction to fill in the gaps we may not ever get from Faulkner herself. I don’t hold it against her that she’s stepped away from this. Maybe it’s just what she needed to do. Again, it’s a writer thing.
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(Funny how this post morphed into an essay about series that fizzled from talking about Rejar. LOL)
This is one series that is making romance readers – specifically, lovers of EL’s western romances – nuts! Elizabeth Lowell wrote this series in the early 90s – then stopped just short of giving us “Utah”. Series were not the norm during the early part of this decade. They were special, not like now with our gossip-addicted, privacy-invading habits. Readers almost expect a sequel or two these days. I don’t think it has made anything better; it’s just a phase that maybe will (I hope) peter out. I’ve had enough. As much as I would ADORE a book about Utah, I’ve let it go. But judging by my daily stats, where it shows search engine terms, every day someone is looking for Utah’s book. Is he the most famous “non-character” in romance? I believe so. All “Tennessee” and “Nevada” ever did was mention him in passing. The reason we are so fascinated with him is because he’s fair-haired with a dark tan where his brothers are dark-haired and swarthy. Respect to EL for creating such a crying demand for a character with so few words. Utah is like the writer’s equivalent to the first two notes of the JAWS theme or the first four notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. They make you hungry for more. (By the way, she’s so totally moved on and will not be writing a book for Utah.)
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Now getting back to Rejar…
Some of the bits I liked best – in no particular order — were (1) any scene with Traed; (2) the sewing circle where Lilac spills about how good Rejar is; (3) the bit with “The Tempest”; (4) the bit where Lorgin and Deana come to visit – very short, but cute; (5) when Lilac is teaching Rejar his letters. Again, she starts out dull and wimpy, but she improves over the course of the book somewhat. Not everyone is a fan of Lilac, but she needed to be the opposite of Rejar in order for him to experience his psychological overhaul. If they were both exactly the same temperament, you would have DANGEROUS GAMES or LIVE WIRE.
Don’t bother conjecturing about the threads suggesting a future in the Old West for Traed, and his attraction to Leona. They will most probably come to nowt. Do read the series in order if at all possible. This series of three is one of the best in a medium that’s grown stale.
- THE TEMPEST entire play online