Prince Del-Kurj Arden, rebel son of the conquered Skolian Empire, comes to Earth to pursue his musical dreams despite his family's protests. Soon, producers want to control him, fans want to love him, and enemies want to kill him. With this latest entry in his "Tales of the Ruby Dynasty" series, Nebula Award winner Asaro ventures into new territory while still showcasing his ability to combine sensual prose with vivid action and bold characterization. An independently released CD of songs referenced here, also titled Diamond Star and performed by alternative rock group Point Valid, can be purchased through www.starflight-music.com. A good pick for adventurous sf readers. Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.