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Serpent's Reach cover Serpent's Reach by C.J. Cherryh

Published by DAW Books

Reviewed by Leigh Kimmel

For the human Alliance the constellation of Hydrus is a mysterious place, off-limits under a quarrantine so severe that any tresspass is death. But there are humans within the forbidden zone, living in partnership with the insectine Majat.

Raen is a scion of the Sul, one of the immortal Kontrin Families who work directly with the Hives. When her family is treacherously slaughtered before her very eyes, she swears revenge. To survive on a world inimical to human life, she turns to the blue Hive. But in doing so, she is initiating unpredictable changes in their hive-mind.

In this novel Cherryh does again what she does best, portraying an alien society. Interacting with the majat hive-mind has changed the Kontrin until they are no longer really human, and Cherryh portrays thier society in a way that is consistant and believable.

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Review posted September 14, 2000

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