marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote in bookish,

The Ginger Star

The Ginger Star by Leigh Brackett

The Book of Skaith, book 1.

Stark learns that his foster father Ashton vanished on the planet Skaith. Despite Ashton's official position, nothing can be done. But Stark can do much on his own.
He arrives at the planet, is told to remain in the city, the one place starships are allowed, fishes for information and is contacted for a way out. It is a very conflicted land. The sun is ginger because it is dying (on an unscientifically accelerated time frame, BTW), and trouble is ensuing. Plus the last time the Migrations occurred because of how cold the planet grows, the Lord Protectors established a rule to protect and provide for the weak; alas, over time, most people have gotten themselves into the "weak" group. Some want to escape the planet. Others want to prosper through trade -- including slave trade.

And a wise woman made a prophecy about a dark man who would come in search of Ashton and overthrow the Lord Protectors. She was murdered, but her daughter Gerrith inherited her role. . . .

It includes genetically modified, now non-human races; using the bones of a human sacrifice to divine with; a bridge exploited for extortion; a rescue that is not an improvement; the mobs of Farers and the more efficient mercenaries; Stark's Mercury childhood among non-humans; and more.
Tags: author: b, genre: science fiction, review

  • Invincible Under Heaven

    Invincible Under Heaven by Kit Sun Cheah Saga of the Swordbreaker book 6. The conclusion! So spoilers for the earlier ones ahead. It opens with a…

  • The Ninja Daughter, by Tori Eldridge

    #MeToo with ninjas in a pastiche feminist revenge fantasy. Agora Books, 2019, 320 pages The Ninja Daughter is an action-packed thriller…

  • To Kill a Unicorn, by DC Palter

    A Silicon Valley tale of techbros, teleportation, and elephants. Pandamoon Publishing, 2023, 354 pages A wild, page-turning ride through…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.