Saga of the Skolian Empire
Lost Continent series (aka Aronsdale)
The Veiled Web
Ballerina Lucia del Mar has two great passions: dance, which consumes most of her waking hours, and the Worldwide Web, which brings the outside world into her tightly regimented life. Lucia’s two passions collide when a White House performance and reception leads to an encounter with handsome Moroccan businessman Rashid al-Jazari, creator of a brilliant technology that has set the Internet rumor mill afire.
A second, seemingly chance meeting with Rashid will plunge Lucia into a deadly world of desire and intrigue. For although his work has implications she cannot foresee, there are those who do understand and would turn its great power to their own destructive purposes. As she is drawn deeper and deeper into Rashid’s life and work, cut off from the outside world, she finds herself becoming more attracted to him. But is her seclusion within Rashid’s well-guarded Moroccan home intended to ensure her safety—or her silence? And is it already too late to stop the terrible consequences his new technology could unleash?
Winner of the HOMer Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
“Catherine Asaro weaves her knowledge, research and talent into a spectacular adventure with very real characters and possibilities . . . THE VEILED WEB [is] four very different stories intertwined - a very vivid, informational look into Moroccan lifestyles and the Muslim faith, a journey into new-age technology, a love story with such a cultural clash that it’s destined for heartbreak and a high-speed action thriller that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat. Give this intriguing story a look and remember it when its technological wonders start showing up in the not-so-distant future."
— Scribes World Reviews
“If you like romances, or if you think there’s no way anyone could blend them with science fiction, grab this one. Asaro has done another very nice job."
— Analog Magazine
“Author and physicist Catherine Asaro has proven that she has more than one universe up her sleeve. [THE VEILED WEB] departs altogether from the star-spanning Skolian Empire of her previously published novels to provide instead an entirely earthbound but still engaging tale of romance, nascent artificial intelligence and international intrigue in the near future. THE VEILED WEB is a successful change of pace for Asaro, and one most likely to broaden, not diminish, her already large fan base."
— Alan P. Scott, Online Reviewer
“THE VEILED WEB is a beautifully written love story set against an exotic back-ground, and expertly intertwined with science, suspense and danger. The vivid portrayal of characters, who each must struggle with the values of their cultures while trying to save the love of a lifetime, is felt on every page. Ms. Asaro will captivate readers of both genres with this enthralling read."
“Most authors would be satisfied with a single rich backdrop, or one weighty set of issues. Not Asaro. It’s a tribute to her storytelling skills that she manages to seamlessly weave together three elaborately detailed settings (the world of ballet, Morocco and cyberspace) and two sets of neatly meshing yet distinct issues (the clash of cultures and religions and the nature of thought and spirit) . . . no matter what your background, this book will give you something to think about."
— Science Fiction Romance
“Catherine Asaro’s research is impeccable. Her knowledge of the computer and its abilities both present and in the future enhance her novel and brings a realism necessary to convey her complex plot. Cultural morays of countries outside the sphere of most readers’ scope present an unusual problem, but Ms. Asaro handles the differences with a masterful touch, which lends credibility and substance to difficulties encountered in this international novel of computer intrigue and romance."
— Reader to Reader Reviews