By C. J. Cherryh

Probably the most well known figures in technological know-how fiction, C.J. Cherryh has been enchanting audiences for almost thirty years with wealthy and intricate novels. Now on the top of her profession, this three-time Hugo Award winner launches her such a lot bold paintings in a long time, Hammerfall, a part of a far-ranging sequence, The Gene Wars, set in a wholly new universe scarred by way of the main vicious of destiny weaponry, nanotechnology. during this superb novel -- very likely Cherryh's masterwork -- the destiny of billions has come right down to a disagreement among profoundly alien cultures on a unmarried desolate tract planet.

"The mad will probably be searched out and given to the Ila's messengers. No guy shall hide insanity in his spouse, or his son, or his daughter, or his father. each has to be added up." -- The ebook of the Ila's Au'it

Marak has suffered the insanity his complete lifestyles. he's a prince and warrior, robust and clever and specialist within the methods of the barren region masking his planet. within the provider of his father, he has committed his existence to overthrowing the Ila, the mysterious everlasting dictator of his international. For years he has effectively hidden the visions that plague him -- voices pulling him eastward, calling Marak, Marak, Marak, amid mind-twisting visions of a silver tower. but if his key is stumbled on, Marak is betrayed via his personal father and compelled to march in an never-ending caravan with the remainder of his world's madmen to the Ila's urban of Oburan.

Instead of demise, Marak reveals in Oburan his future, and the promise of existence -- if he can live to tell the tale what's absolutely a suicidal undertaking. The Ila desires him to find the resource of the voices and visions that afflict the mad. regardless of the chance sof the opposed desolate tract, tensions in the caravan, and his personal excruciating doubts, Marak miraculously reaches his aim -- purely to accept one other, much more very unlikely undertaking via the unusual humans within the towers.

According to those beings who seem like him but act otherwise than a person he has ever identified, Marak has a slender likelihood to avoid wasting his world's humans from the wrath of Ila's enemies. yet to take action, he needs to persuade all of them -- warring tribes, villagers, monks, old and young, in addition to the Ila herself -- to stick to him on an epic trek around the burning barren region earlier than the hammer of the Ila's foes falls from the heavens above.

Written with misleading simplicity and lyricism, this riveting, fast paced epic of struggle, love, and survival in a courageous new international marks an incredible success from the masterful C.J. Cherryh.

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Another found a crumb of hope. " "No. " Several people drew back a step. It was all too easy to imagine the Lord of Darkness returning at any moment and with a single gesture sweeping them all out of existence. " the officer shouted hoarsely. " And with that he rose to his feet, having found what he had been groping for in the dust, a small object and inconspicuous. With the sound of a sob in his throat, he hastened to wrap his right hand in a fragment of cloth, torn from his own tattered uniform.

And I can move. " He nodded. If Uncle Humbert thought that Jeremy was slacking on the job he would yell at him but was unlikely to try to impose any penalty. Generally Jeremy worked hard for most of his waking hours—because working was about the only way to keep from thinking about other things, topics that continually plagued him. Such as dead parents, live girls who sometimes could be seen with no clothes on, and a life that had no future, only an endless path down which he walked, pushing a loaded barrow.

THREE Again, as Jeremy hurried about his work, he had the sensation of being watched. But he saw and heard nothing to support the feeling. Everyone in the village was busy as usual, preoccupied with work, the busy harvesttime of midsummer—Uncle Humbert had explained how the variously mutated varieties of grapes came to maturity in sequence and disasters might befall them unless they were tended and harvested in exactly the right way. The ruts in the village's only street still held puddles from last week's rain.

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