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C. J. Cherryh

Autor(a) de Downbelow Station

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About the Author

A multiple award-winning author of more than thirty novels, C. J. Cherryh received her B.A. in Latin from the University of Oklahoma, and then went on to earn a M.A. in Classics from Johns Hopkins University. Cherryh's novels, including Tripoint, Cyteen, and The Pride of Chanur, are famous for mostrar mais their knife-edge suspense and complex, realistic characters. Cherryh won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1977. She was also awarded the Hugo Award for her short story Cassandra in 1979, and the novels Downbelow Station in 1982 and Cyteen in 1989. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de C. J. Cherryh

Downbelow Station (1981) 2,769 cópias
Foreigner (1994) — Autor — 2,309 cópias
Cyteen (1988) 1,798 cópias
The Pride of Chanur (1982) 1,499 cópias
Invader (1995) 1,441 cópias
Fortress in the Eye of Time (1995) 1,347 cópias
Inheritor (1996) 1,330 cópias
Chanur's Homecoming (1986) 1,180 cópias
Precursor (1999) 1,172 cópias
Chanur's Venture (1984) 1,162 cópias
Merchanter's Luck (1982) 1,143 cópias
Rimrunners (1989) 1,089 cópias
Forty Thousand in Gehenna (1983) 1,079 cópias
Defender (2001) 1,042 cópias
The Kif Strike Back (1985) 1,033 cópias
Explorer (2002) 1,033 cópias
The Morgaine Saga (1979) 997 cópias
Cuckoo's Egg (1985) 970 cópias
Heavy Time (1991) 954 cópias
Serpent's Reach (1980) 944 cópias
Paladín (1988) 941 cópias
Destroyer (2005) 923 cópias
Chanur's Legacy (1992) 919 cópias
Exile's Gate (1988) 913 cópias
Tripoint (1994) 904 cópias
Finity's End (1997) 893 cópias
Hellburner (1992) 883 cópias
Rusalka (1989) 879 cópias
Fortress of Eagles (1998) 876 cópias
Kesrith (1978) 838 cópias
Hammerfall (2001) 827 cópias
Pretender (2006) 815 cópias
Kutath (1979) 808 cópias
Shon'jir (1978) 782 cópias
Deliverer (2007) 766 cópias
Fortress of Owls (1999) 754 cópias
Gate of Ivrel (1976) — Autor — 750 cópias
Fortress of Dragons (2000) 718 cópias
Angel with the Sword (1985) 701 cópias
Hunter of Worlds (1977) 696 cópias
Rider at the Gate (1995) 680 cópias
The Chanur Saga (2000) 644 cópias
Brothers of Earth (1976) 618 cópias
Regenesis (2009) 605 cópias
Well of Shiuan (1978) 584 cópias
Cloud's Rider (1996) 583 cópias
Conspirator (2009) 577 cópias
Fires of Azeroth (1982) 569 cópias
Soul of the City (1986) 554 cópias
Cyteen I: The Betrayal (1989) 546 cópias
Port Eternity (1982) 534 cópias
Chernevog (1990) 531 cópias
The Dreaming Tree (1979) 529 cópias
Forge of Heaven (2004) 521 cópias
Deceiver (2010) 497 cópias
The Tree of Swords and Jewels (1983) 485 cópias
Voyager in Night (1984) 483 cópias
The Dreamstone (1983) 477 cópias
Fortress of Ice (2006) 437 cópias
Sunfall (1981) 427 cópias
Betrayer (2011) 420 cópias
Wave without a Shore (1981) 414 cópias
Cyteen II : The Rebirth (1989) — Autor — 412 cópias
Cyteen III: The Vindication (1989) 410 cópias
Hestia (1979) 409 cópias
Intruder (2012) 398 cópias
The Goblin Mirror (1992) 386 cópias
Visible Light (1978) 384 cópias
Yvgenie (1991) 352 cópias
Alternate Realities (2000) 345 cópias
Protector (2013) 327 cópias
Festival Moon (1987) — Contribuinte — 307 cópias
Peacemaker (2014) — Autor — 294 cópias
A Dirge for Sabis (1989) 284 cópias
Faery in Shadow (1993) 278 cópias
Fever Season (1987) — Contribuinte — 278 cópias
Reap the Whirlwind (1989) 276 cópias
Tracker (2015) — Autor — 263 cópias
Visitor (2016) — Autor — 256 cópias
Troubled Waters (1988) — Contribuinte — 221 cópias
Convergence (2017) — Autor — 219 cópias
Legions of Hell (1987) 213 cópias
Gates of Hell (1986) 204 cópias
At The Edge Of Space (2003) 200 cópias
Emergence (2018) — Autor — 196 cópias
The Sword of Knowledge (1995) 192 cópias
Wizard Spawn (1989) 192 cópias
Divine Right (1989) 191 cópias
Smuggler's Gold (1988) 188 cópias
Alliance Space (2008) 184 cópias
Arafel's Saga (1983) 182 cópias
Flood Tide (1990) 171 cópias
Alliance Rising (2019) — Autor — 169 cópias
Endgame (1991) — Editor — 165 cópias
Kings in Hell (1987) 155 cópias
The Deep Beyond (2005) 154 cópias
Resurgence (2020) — Autor — 148 cópias
Chanur's Endgame (2007) 147 cópias
Divergence (2020) — Autor — 128 cópias
Lois & Clark: A Superman Novel (1996) 117 cópias
The Complete Morgaine (2015) 109 cópias
Cyteen, tome 1 (1988) 38 cópias
Defiance (2023) 37 cópias
Glass and Amber (1987) 35 cópias
Deliberations (2012) 32 cópias
Cyteen, tome 2 (1999) 30 cópias
Invitations (2013) 24 cópias
Faery Moon (2009) 17 cópias
Cassandra [short story] (1978) 17 cópias
Ealdwood [novella] (1981) 12 cópias
The Scapegoat (novella) (1985) 9 cópias
Highliner (1981) 6 cópias
Pots (1985) 6 cópias
The Dark King (1982) 6 cópias
The Only Death In The City (1981) 5 cópias
Wings (1989) 4 cópias
Companions [novella] (1984) 4 cópias
The Unshadowed Land (1985) 3 cópias
A Gift of Prophecy (1987) 3 cópias
Ice [short story] (1981) 3 cópias
Tempos duros - 1 (1995) 3 cópias
The General (1981) 3 cópias
Nightgame (1981) 3 cópias
Tempos duros - 2 2 cópias
Groundties 2 cópias
Hestia Livro 1 (1982) 2 cópias
Endpiece 2 cópias
Willow (1982) 2 cópias
Mech [short story] (1992) 2 cópias
Sea Change (1981) 2 cópias
Frères de la Terre (1976) 2 cópias
Masks (2004) 2 cópias
The Brothers [novella] (1986) 2 cópias
As Labaredas de Azeroth 1 (2001) 2 cópias
As Labaredas de Azeroth 2 (2001) 2 cópias
Soleil mort - Kesrith (1978) 1 exemplar(es)
RIMRUNNERS 1 exemplar(es)
L'Ange à l'épée (1985) 1 exemplar(es)
Merchanter's Luck hb 1 exemplar(es)
Chanur - 1 (2018) 1 exemplar(es)
Les Oubliés de Gehenna (1983) 1 exemplar(es)
Yvgenie (Revised) (2012) 1 exemplar(es)
Rusalka (Revised) (2010) 1 exemplar(es)
Chernevog (revised) (2012) 1 exemplar(es)
Vaga sem Praia Livro 1 1 exemplar(es)
La aventura de Chanur II 1 exemplar(es)
FADED SUN: SHON'JIR 1 exemplar(es)
Brama wygnania (1994) 1 exemplar(es)
נוסע בלילה 1 exemplar(es)
Cyteen 3 1 exemplar(es)
Dagger In The Mind 1 exemplar(es)
Lexicon 1 exemplar(es)
Other Stories 1 exemplar(es)
Frontpiece 1 exemplar(es)
Introduction To Masks 1 exemplar(es)
Prologue 1 exemplar(es)
Legacies 1 exemplar(es)
Winds Of Fortune 1 exemplar(es)
The Best Of Friends 1 exemplar(es)
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Downwind 1 exemplar(es)
Ischade 1 exemplar(es)
War In Hell 1 exemplar(es)
Sunfall [short story] 1 exemplar(es)
Baselius [short story] 1 exemplar(es)
Le Puits de Shiuan (1978) 1 exemplar(es)
Seeking North 1 exemplar(es)
The Kutath 1 exemplar(es)
The Kesrith 1 exemplar(es)
Diga sul pianeta Hestia 1 exemplar(es)
Ribelle genetico (2001) 1 exemplar(es)
Homecoming [short story] (1979) 1 exemplar(es)
The Hanan Rebellion (2003) 1 exemplar(es)
Forteresse des étoiles. Volume 2 (1981) 1 exemplar(es)
Monday Morning [Short fiction] (1986) 1 exemplar(es)
Marking Time [Short fiction] (1986) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Mission of Gravity (1953) — Introdução, algumas edições1,408 cópias
Shadows of Sanctuary (1981) — Contribuinte — 927 cópias
Storm Season (1982) — Contribuinte — 871 cópias
The Face of Chaos (1983) — Contribuinte — 793 cópias
Wings of Omen (1984) — Contribuinte — 656 cópias
The Dead of Winter (1985) — Contribuinte — 599 cópias
The Time Traveller's Almanac (2013) — Contribuinte — 537 cópias
Blood Ties (1986) — Contribuinte — 493 cópias
Sword and Sorceress II (1985) — Contribuinte — 476 cópias
Lore of the Witch World (1980) — Introdução, algumas edições445 cópias
Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century (2001) — Contribuinte — 436 cópias
The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Contribuinte — 399 cópias
Uneasy Alliances (1988) — Contribuinte — 373 cópias
Once Upon a Time: A Treasury of Modern Fairy Tales (1991) — Contribuinte — 368 cópias
The Blood of Ten Chiefs Vol. 1 (1986)algumas edições345 cópias
Stealers' Sky (1989) — Contribuinte — 338 cópias
The Best Military Science Fiction of the 20th Century (2001) — Contribuinte — 290 cópias
Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery (2010) — Contribuinte — 280 cópias
Heroes in Hell (1986) — Contribuinte — 270 cópias
Science Fiction: DAW 30th Anniversary (2002) — Contribuinte — 255 cópias
The Book of Swords (2017) — Contribuinte — 250 cópias
Return to Avalon (1996) — Contribuinte — 242 cópias
Amazons! (1979) — Contribuinte — 237 cópias
The Hugo Winners: Volume Four (1976-1979) (1985) — Contribuinte — 215 cópias
The 1986 Annual World's Best SF (1986) — Contribuinte — 211 cópias
Cats in Space...and Other Places (1992) — Contribuinte — 210 cópias
The 1982 Annual World's Best SF (1982) — Contribuinte — 209 cópias
Flashing Swords! #5: Demons and Daggers (1981) — Contribuinte — 206 cópias
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifth Annual Collection (1992) — Contribuinte — 202 cópias
Strange Dreams (1993) — Contribuinte — 184 cópias
Northwest of Earth: The Complete Northwest Smith (2007) — Introdução — 180 cópias
Four From the Witch World (1989) — Contribuinte — 177 cópias
Wings of Fire (2010) — Contribuinte — 175 cópias
Magic in Ithkar (1985) — Contribuinte — 164 cópias
Carmen Miranda's Ghost Is Haunting Space Station 3 (1990) — Contribuinte — 164 cópias
Rebels In Hell (1986) — Contribuinte — 151 cópias
Hecate's Cauldron (1982) — Contribuinte — 146 cópias
Elsewhere: Tales of Fantasy (1982) — Contribuinte — 143 cópias
Moonsinger's Friends: In Honor of Andre Norton (1985) — Contribuinte — 142 cópias
Future on Ice (1998) — Contribuinte — 142 cópias
Treasures of Fantasy (1997) — Contribuinte — 141 cópias
Body Armor/2000 (1986) — Autor — 138 cópias
A Magic-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic (1998) — Contribuinte — 131 cópias
The Shattered Sphere (1968) — Contribuinte — 122 cópias
Angels in Hell (1987) — Contribuinte; Contribuinte — 117 cópias
Enemies of Fortune (2004) — Contribuinte — 115 cópias
Prophets in Hell (1989) — Contribuinte — 108 cópias
Alien Stars (1985) — Contribuinte — 104 cópias
The 1979 Annual World's Best SF (1979) — Contribuinte — 103 cópias
Nebula Winners Fourteen (1980) — Contribuinte — 103 cópias
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Contribuinte — 102 cópias
Masters in Hell (1987) — Contribuinte — 98 cópias
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 3 (1977) — Contribuinte — 98 cópias
Crusaders in Hell (1987) — Contribuinte — 87 cópias
War in Hell (1988) — Contribuinte — 84 cópias
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 8 (1982) — Contribuinte — 73 cópias
After War (1985) — Contribuinte — 73 cópias
Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds (2015) — Contribuinte — 71 cópias
Women of Futures Past: Classic Stories (2016) — Contribuinte — 69 cópias
Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers (2019) — Contribuinte — 58 cópias
A Quest-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic (2002) — Contribuinte — 50 cópias
The Green Gods (1961) — Tradutor, algumas edições50 cópias
Fantasy Annual V (1982) — Contribuinte — 40 cópias
Nebula Awards Showcase 2017 (2017) — Contribuinte — 39 cópias
Future Crime: An Anthology of the Shape of Crime to Come (1991) — Contribuinte — 38 cópias
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contribuinte — 29 cópias
Lawyers in Hell (2011) — Contribuinte — 28 cópias
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 47 • April 2014 (2014) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
Swords Against Darkness (2016) — Contribuinte — 26 cópias
Drabble II: Double Century (1990) — Contribuinte — 24 cópias
Heyne Science Fiction Jahresband 1982 (1982) — Contribuinte — 19 cópias
The John W. Campbell Awards Vol. 5 (1984) — Autor, algumas edições13 cópias
Altered States: a cyberpunk sci-fi anthology (2014) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
Explorer (2002) — Introdução — 6 cópias
Galaxy's Edge Magazine Issue 7, March 2014 (2014) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
I Premi Hugo 1976-1983 — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Die Sterne sind weiblich (1993) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
FenCon IX — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
The Best of Abyss & Apex: Volume Two (2016) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


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This is a re-read after many years of the first in the Morgaine series, and at first I wondered if I would enjoy it as much as last time. The beginning, an extended info-dump that gives the background to Morgaine's mission to close the inter-planetary and time travelling gates because the temporal anomalies they caused led to disaster, is by today's standards an old fashioned way of story telling. But focus soon switches to the character of Nhi Vanye, a driven young man who has been raised as a charity case by his father, head of clan Nhi, and tormented for his whole life by his two legitimate half-brothers. Vanye has killed one of them, swearing they were trying to kill him, and maimed the other, almost as great a sin in a warrior-centred culture.

He is cast out as an outlaw and doomed to wander till he dies, either of starvation, exposure, being murdered in revenge or being killed by one of the strange creatures which Thiye, a clan leader with a reputation for using the evil magics of the past, has brought through the major gate, which he controls. Vanye's only hope to win back his honour and cancel his outlaw status is to find a lord who will accept his oath of service for either a year or to carry out a task, though surviving such service is not easy.

The story switches to his plight a couple of years later when, half-starved and freezing in the winter, he tries to shoot a deer with his bow, but succeeds in driving it through the pillars of what his people regard superstitiously as the Witchfires - a minor gate linked to the main gate on their planet - on a hill which is normally shunned but where he has accidentally wandered too close. The deer's entry displaces Morgaine, trapped within the gate for a century. She and her surviving comrades came to the planet to destroy its gates, and raised an army among the various clans, but disaster struck and Morgaine was blamed. Pursued, she had been forced to ride into the gate and been trapped there in stasis ever since. Her distinctive appearance - she is nicknamed Frosthair - indicates her identity, but Vanye, forced to shelter with her and share the meat from a deer she kills with one of her fearsome weapons, tries to tell himself it was only exhaustion which led him to think she rode out from between the stones. He then finds himself forced into swearing an oath of allegiance to her for a year's service or to complete her mission if she is unable to, and his problems really begin. The only mitigation is that, as a sworn follower of his lord - and Morgaine has lord status from her previous dealings with the indigenous people - he is in theory protected by her, but he soon meets members of various clans, including his surviving half-brother, who have different ideas.

Things become complicated when these various clans make demands upon Morgaine, trying to use her and her technology for their own ends, and it transpires that she is not the only individual with a knowledge of gates. For there are a number of villains in the story, greater and lesser.

When shelving this book, I elected to put it under both science fiction and fantasy, because the background is SF - interplanetary timetravel, ray weapons, a 'sword' which taps the power of the gates and has the power to pull living things through - but the setting is classic fantasy, with warriors and a warrior culture which is slightly reminiscent of the Japanese Samurai. It falls into the genre category of 'science fantasy' for these reasons.

The story is told from the fairly close third person viewpoint of Vanye so we never enter Morgaine's viewpoint and can only see her through his eyes. She is honest about the fact that she will abandon him at a moment's notice if it serves her mission, and she is totally focused upon the need to destroy or close the main gate at Ivrel, which is controlled by Thiye. Vanye, meanwhile, is torn by the deeds which his oath condemns him to perform, and a lot of the book concerns his angst at the rift with his surviving half-brother and his conflicting loyalties. The one weakness is really the geography - it becomes difficult to envisage how the various clan territories impinge and why travelling in a particular direction would bring him back within the grasp of his brother, for example. The edition I was reading did not have a map, and that would have helped. But I enjoyed the book and am rating it 4 stars.
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kitsune_reader | outras 15 resenhas | Nov 23, 2023 |
This follow-up to 'Rider at the Gate' follows on almost immediately where the first novel leaves off. The winter is now setting in fully, and Dan Fisher, the young "greenhorn" rider of the first novel is maturing fast under the weight of responsibility thrust upon him, though still making mistakes. He and his nighthorse, Cloud, have to escort two teenage boys and their comatose sister to the next shelter up the mountain - because a nighthorse, whose rider was shot in the first book, is following them, and Dan dreads what might happen if the girl, Brionne, wakes up and bonds with the horse. In the first book, she did so with a rogue animal driven mad by its rider's death and in doing so, destroyed her whole village community.

I won't say too much about the setup of this alien planet and its telepathic life, as I covered that in my review of book one. Suffice to say, this is much more the story of Dan and the older of the two boys, Carlo, and both are anxious not to let on too much about what happened previously when they finally have to shelter in the next village up the mountain, a place called Evergreen. But the various villagers have their own agendas, and Dan is torn this way and that, trying to protect the boys but also trying to shield the villagers from what might happen if another rogue horse has followed them there. All complicated by the fact that anyone near a nighthorse has enormous difficulty in keeping secrets.

I enjoyed this book more than book one because it seemed to have less of the chopping and changing around between characters and the almost stream of consciousness writing which attempted to characterise nighthorse communication. There are still words shown in pointy brackets, but the narrative is far easier to follow. The characters of Dan and the boys are well developed, and there are other interesting minor characters such as the riders at Evergreen, and the doctor who takes in Brionne and has her own hangups.

The main thing that let down the story for me towards the end was the focus on another menace in the 'Ambient' - the general telepathic background generated by the native lifeforms. Certain storylines had been set up through most of the story to do with the villagers' plan to decamp to the boys' village as soon as the weather allows so that they can start claiming it before the other villages find out. That was shaping up to be an interesting story of mixed motives and plain all-out greed - the lost village needs to be resettled because it is low enough down the mountain to be the HQ for all trade in and out of the mountains and without it, the other villages will face enormous difficulties with trade and hiked up prices - but people can also see the personal benefits of settling there, such as a milder climate, control of the re-established trade, opportunities for enlarged businesses and an escape from having to put up with the problems caused by miners, among other motives. But that all comes to nothing in the end because the story veers off to deal with the renewed problems caused by Brionne, plus an out-of-left-field bonding with a nighthorse.

There was presumably meant to be a sequel that might have delivered some of what was promised, but the events towards the end of the story wreck key elements of that, as certain characters are removed from the narrative one way or another and would no longer be part of the migration to the first village. For example, certain characters scheme to take over the property that the boys have inherited, but this comes to nothing because they are killed off. The book didn't need the mcguffin introduced at the end - there would have been enough interest in the various human conflicts. I also found it difficult to believe that Carlo could be allowed to benefit from his "crime" in the way suggested despite the mitigating circumstances. So for these reasons, the book loses a star in rating and I can only give it a 4 rating.
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kitsune_reader | outras 2 resenhas | Nov 23, 2023 |
In the third of the Morgaine books (and the conclusion to the trilogy, as the fourth book was produced years later), Morgaine and Vanye have come through the Gate between worlds/times, along with the horde of Barrowers, Marshlanders and Shiua lords (degenerate descendants of the qual, the alien race who originally caused havoc with uncontrolled time travelling via the Gates). They are forced to flee to the vast forest which surrounds the plain - Azeroth - which contains the Gate, known in this world as the Fires. They encounter peaceful human communities which live in harmony with this world's qual - for once, the descendants of the qual here are protective to the humans and have a close bond, some of them forming two person teams who protect the various human villages in clearings within the forest.

As ever, Morgaine's mission is to close the Master Gate and thereby disable all others, but she discovers - via the sword Changeling - in reality a portable Gate - that the Gate through which they entered is the Master, and it is controlled by a vast army of their enemies in a loose coalition led by the halfling lord who caused murder and mayhem in his own land. Other factions follow their enemy, the longlived qual who body-snatched the body of Vanye's cousin Roh, but only for as long as it suits them. Morgaine and Vanye have to convince the qual protectors in this world who are disquieted by their arrival among such a threatening mass, and who would oppose her mission if they knew it, as they have small jewels which they use to protect the forest - actually fragments of the same Gate-stuff of which Changeling is made. As ever, nothing goes smoothly and Vanye is soon separated from Morgaine, who he last saw wounded by an arrow, and tortured by his Barrower enemies, then 'rescued' by a qual noble from the invading army, who hands him over to his supposed halfling lord. Roh - who may or may not be more his good-hearted cousin than the cynical murderer who possesses his body - is Vanye's only hope of survival.

The story features a lot of action after an idyllic beginning among the peaceful villagers, and kept me guessing till the end whether they would survive, whether Roh would betray them or they would kill him, and whether they would somehow succeed in their mission. There is a nice hint towards the end that Morgaine, despite her often cold-hearted exterior, actually has far more regard for Vanye than he could have dreamed. And the epilogue, featuring a minor character who befriended Vanye at the start and who appears at intervals in the story, is rather touching.

The only thing that kept this from a 5-star rating is that there are quite a few bit parts on the side of the good guys who have names which are not dissimilar and it sometimes gets confusing keeping straight who is who, plus some of the characters who are established earlier on as the pair's guides are hardly more than name checked when they finally reappear. It's easier keeping track of who is who among the villains, though there are several of them too.
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kitsune_reader | outras 4 resenhas | Nov 23, 2023 |
This sounded like a concept that would be quite fascinating: on a remote planet, a colony of humans have set up a sort of wild west society in which they depend on the sentient nighthorses, creatures which bond with humans. Most of the wildlife is telepathic and has the ability to send distorting emotion laden images which can overwhelm and kill human beings in umpteen different ways: the nighthorses defend against those and keep most at bay. They also enable travel and trade, with their riders acting like a travel guild who ride gunshot, literally, on convoys of trucks between settlements, enabling people to live a fairly comfortable if precarious existence.

Into this, early in the tale, comes the rumour of a rogue horse: one which can turn human emotions and impressions back on themselves and amplify negative emotions to a fever pitch, resulting in fights, murders, and at worse, people opening the gates of towns and letting in the multitude of predators great and small which look on human beings as a walking larder. A man called Guil Stuart is told his partner Aby has died because of a rogue horse, but then enemies of his start to twist things, amplified by the large numbers of nighthorses in the rider camp beside a large settlement town, into making out Stuart and his horse to be the rogue. He is forced to set off into the wilderness, initially unarmed and wounded, on a quest to kill the real rogue.

Another main character is a young man, Danny Fisher, a town boy who has been 'called' by a nighthorse, Cloud, and villified by his family and the local priests who teach that listening to nighthorse sendings means people will go to hell - despite the fact that without nighthorses, human existence is impossible on the planet. Danny is struggling to come to terms with his alienation from his family and his inability to calm his young horse at crucial moments. Feeling a debt to Stuart who once gave him sound advice, he becomes involved in an attempt to track Stuart and then falls in with Stuart's enemies.

The story switches constantly between the different characters, mainly Stuart and Danny, but others also, as the situation with the rogue becomes deadly for all.

So far so good. But I found the execution of the story a barrier to enjoying it fully. The narrative is an attempt at immersion in the experience of emotion-laden telepathy, with words constantly appearing in pointy brackets, and becomes quite hard to follow in places. Also, the story seems overworked and laborious, taking pages and pages for the smallest bit of action, and a lot of emphasis on travelling in the onset of winter. The story didn't really need 468 pages to tell in my opinion and might have worked better with some judicious cutting of what came over in places as unnecessary blow by blow spelling out of every piece of character internal dialogue. For that reason, I can only give it a 3-star rating.
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kitsune_reader | outras 11 resenhas | Nov 23, 2023 |



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