Altered Destiny - Shawna Thomas
After "Altered Destiny" I can no longer claim "I never win anything". On the contrary, I won a great read.

"Altered Destiny" is the sort of fantasy I've been enjoying for years ... counts years, shudders... a long time. A vividly imagined world with high stakes and engaging characters. Really effective use of different points of views. The romance element is as a strong as the fantasy. In fact, fantsy allows an exaggerated "other" for the hero/heroine to encounter, distrust, desire and ultimately risk loving. This worked especially well in "Altered Destiny".