Spaceport: Paralyzer by Marteeka Karland
Publisher: Changeling Press
Length: Short Story (61 pgs)
Rating: 3 Cherries
Review by Eglantine
Starla, a Paralyzer Mage of the Vastus, has been assigned to be bodyguard to, of all people, a rock star. After an attempt on Tygor Gold's life, she finds herself on Spaceport Adana as, in her mind, a glorified babysitter. What she doesn't realize is she is but a pawn in the greater scheme of things.
Tygor has his own magic and reasons for not joining the Vastus as a Mage. When his magic and Starla's collide, the results are more than even the Vastus could have predicted. Driven by something more than magic, more than chemistry, the two must find a way to exist together…
And to survive.
Babysitter or protected one? Starla can't be sure, and in this adequately written tale, nothing is sure until the last few pages. In spite of her considerable talents, Starla is vulnerable, and precisely because of her unique talents, she might be in more trouble than she realizes.
Ms Karland's tale also addresses the issue of self-image, though it was unfortunately only superficially touched upon and not fully explored. However, in a tale of this short length one can't really delve into the effects of a poor view of oneself. The writing, however, was competent and no jarring errors sprang out at me. I've seen much, much worse on offer in the electronic market. Although this story doesn't really bring anything new to the genre, it's good for a bit of light entertainment.
Despite an abundance of energetic sex in this story, I could have wished for it to be a bit hotter, a little more edgy. All that said, it's not certainly not a bad read. Instead, it offers a happy blend of fantasy magic and science fiction grittiness.