In this subtle though engrossing novel by the author of The Seeds of Time, a seemingly deserted planet morphs into a jungle filled with predators and secrets. During an uneasy peace following a long war against the only other known sentient race, the ahtra, Captain Eli Dammond diverts his ship from its primary missionDto transport a general's familyDin response to an SOS from a barren planet. Upon landing, Dammond finds the captain and crew of a stranded military craft that has been missing for three years, and Dammond must investigate the crash to determine if the captain and her crew were deserters. Having found an empty burrowing craft, Dammond explores below the surface. There he is captured and drawn deeper into the previously unknown subterranean homeworld of the ahtra, while above ground the stage is set for a new attack by the ahtra forces on the small band of unsuspecting humans. The author deftly interweaves the viewpoints of Drammond and two ahtra ill at ease in their repressive society with that of 14-year-old Sascha, coming of age on the planet's surface as the heavily outmatched humans battle for survival. Kenyon's vision of a unique universe ranks with those of such science-fiction greats as Frank Herbert and Orson Scott Card. Kenyon should prepare herself: readers will anxiously anticipate a sequel. (Nov.)
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Kenyon's vision of a unique universe ranks with those of such science-fiction greats as Frank Herbert and Orson Scott Card. Kenyon should prepare herself: readers will anxiously anticipate a sequel.
"A rich weaving of science, politics, and mysticism. A believable memorable story."
-- Brian Herbert, co-author of Dune: House Harkonnen
"More that Kay Kenyon is a major talent."
-- Mike Resnick
Also by Kay Kenyon
The Seeds of Time
If you can accept a jungle full of monsters replacing a desert at the start of the rainy season, this may be the book for you. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2002 by Harvey A. Lewis
Though I agree that this book was a bit slow in spots, in general it was inovative and worth the read. There were some original ideas and plenty of nice prose.Published on Oct. 11 2001 by "ellynr"
This is a pretty good book. The science is very thorough. The prose itself is a little long and involved. The ending is a lot bland.Published on Sept. 9 2001 by Kevin Mccarthy
This is a very well crafted book that deals with complex issues in a very competent way. I enjoyed the way the characters face almost hopeless situations and cope in different... Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2001
I loved this book. It had many of my favorite SF elements: humans meet alien race and encounter completely different worldview, customs, social structure, politics, sports, etc. Read morePublished on April 26 2001 by Brian E. Primeau
As a long time sci-fi reader, most plots and situations these days are not too hard to figure out. That is until I read this book. Ms. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2001 by Brad Davis