This is the fifty-ninth book in the Terran Times series. Yes, I've read them all. They don't need to be read in order, however, I recommend reading Destined (which is the fifty-eighth book in the series) first. The reason I suggest this is because Rhoda (that story’s heroine) is instrumental in bringing this story into actuality. So, to re-cap, in Destined Rhoda was an artist whose gift was drawing whatever the client wanted (love, riches, children's gender) and this is how she met Prince Drehl Yaghin, or as one of the Guardians, Charm. By the end of the story, Drehl's brother asked her to do one for him which showed an unknown Terran woman in prison.
Fencer actually begins with Meena Colou of Terra speaking with her agent about a fight which has been contracted for her. Meena is a very good fencer, hence the name of this story, and she works as an honour fencer. The duel she goes to is a set up yet she manages to win, thus angering her opponent, Lord Makadan. She ends up being imprisoned which is where Charm’s Guardian team pulls her out of. It turns out Rhoda had to keep painting portraits until they found a clue as to where Meena was. Charm’s brother, Prince Kebril, is just beside himself waiting for her to arrive. Kebril is a very interesting man. Not only a prince, he creates fabric and outfits and because of his standing does some political work. He was the one who officially asked for Meena’s release into the Guardian’s care. He also just happens to be a master swordsman.
I have to say I am somewhat ambivalent about Meena. On one hand, I liked her courage and integrity very much. On the other hand, I began getting annoyed when she wouldn’t go after what she wanted, Kebril. Sigh. Now, just so we are all clear, Ms. Grace is a wonderful writer and I love her stories. I especially like the different Terrans she brings into the mix and the alien matches she gives them to. Fencer is a good story. It definitely made me laugh, made me gasp in horror and shock then also made me want to drag my husband off for my very own smexy time! Viola Grace rocks!
Reviewer: Teresa T.