Cheated out of a fortune by the Sol royal family, lowborn Simon Miner will do anything to get his revenge, no matter how ruthless. When Princess Mica Sol, a terraforming expert, is shot out of the sky on the way to her sister's lavish wedding, she fears the worst—scavengers—and flees into an alien jungle to avoid capture. But the man who pursues and captures her is none other than Simon, her former lover. Passions reignite as violence rocks Sol City, and Simon and Mica must fight for love, family, and their world...or lose everything.
*This novella was originally published in the RONE award-winning Hotter on the Edge anthology, which is no longer available.
Okay, so the premise is quite simple really as two star-crossed lovers (sorry I couldn't resist the pun!) find themselves on opposite sides. Mica had loved Simon but his pride kind of got in the way. As a miner, Simon wanted to feel worthy of Mica, who is the daughter of the ruling family, and pretty much treated almost like royalty. Fast forward a few years and Mica is home for her sister’s wedding but things sure have changed. Simon has been exiled and branded a criminal and now he works with the scavengers and their next target is a Dragon flyer, that unfortunately, is carrying Mica!
I really liked the set up for this story with a planet that's been terraformed and yet still retains its alien-ness. There's a wealth of scope for Ms Kellison to build on in subsequent stories as the indigenous flora, fauna, and creatures really captured my imagination. I particularly liked Mica as she's a gung-ho sort who doesn't seem fazed by anything. I mean there she is alone in what's truly a hostile environment and yet her survival instincts just staggered me.
It's a romance so clearly the couple have issues to resolve and unfortunately that's where it felt a tad lacking to me. I understand they have always loved each other and the couple did seem to make up very quickly but it's a short read so I'm getting in order for the happy ending that's how it had to be. I did laugh out loud when Simon proclaimed what his 'duties' as Consort were and would have liked to see more humour, so hopefully the next book will allow the author to build on that.
The characters felt very human but set in an alien world. The next story, Gold Like the Sun, features Mica's sister who seems to put up a front; so it will be interesting to find out what really makes her tick.
All That Glitters did have a futuristic feel with technology and terms new to me but misunderstandings, politics, and uprisings felt all too human. Ideal I think for those readers who prefer to identify with characters and believe in their interactions. For me though it was Mica and the planet Sol that stole the show!