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A Working of Stars by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald
Edited by Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Cover art by Romas
Cover design by Carol Russo Design
Published by Tor Books
Reviewed by Leigh Kimmel
In The Stars Asunder, an innovative circle of Mages sought to reach across the Gap Between and find habitable planets on the other side. They did, but at a terrible cost, part of which they only vaguely comprehended.
Years have passed, and that price is coming due. On the Mageworlds' side of the Gap Between, the great ship families are fighting an economic civil war that is rapidly turning nasty. On the far side of the Gap Between, lost Mage Arekhon sus-Khalgath Sus-Peledaen faces a visitor from the far future, who has come across the years and the days via the Void to to complete what must be done because it will have been done by her time. A working of blood and power that may yet be able to draw the sundered galaxy back together.
In this novel the authors continue to develop the story behind the original Mageworlds trilogy, showing the complex society of honorable life and death which seemed nothing more than bloodthirsty murder to those more familiar with the eremite ways of the Adepts. At the same time, the element of time travel and fulfilling the future adds a mind-bending level of complexity to the story.
One can only wonder where else the authors will be taking this fascinating universe.
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Review posted November 19, 2002
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