A whisperjewel from Gwen Delvano calls Dirk t'Larien across space and beyond the Tempter's Veil to Worlorn, a dying Festival planet of rock and ice. Warlorn is slowly drifting through twilight to neverending night; as the planet sinks into darkness, so its inhabitants face annihilation. Seven years ago, on Avalon, Gwen was Dirk's lover, his ...
A whisperjewel from Gwen Delvano calls Dirk t'Larien across space and beyond the Tempter's Veil to Worlorn, a dying Festival planet of rock and ice. Warlorn is slowly drifting through twilight to neverending night; as the planet sinks into darkness, so its inhabitants face annihilation. Seven years ago, on Avalon, Gwen was Dirk's lover, his Guenevere; now she wears the jade-and-silver bond of Jaantony Riv Wolf high-Ironjade Vikary, a barbarian visionary, an outcast from his own people for his acts of violence. And Garse Janacek, Jaan's *teyn*, his shieldmate, is also bound to Gwen -- in hatred. Dirk, a rogue and a wanderer, is called to be saviour of the three who are bonded together in love and hate. But in breaking their triangle, he could lose all ...
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Publishers Weekly, 2012-06-04 Virtuoso mastery of atmosphere justifies this deluxe, illustrated 35th anniversary reprint of Martin's debut, which long predates his star turn with Game of Thrones and its sequels. Dirk t'Larien, responding to what he imagines to be a call for help from his former lover Guinevere, voyages to the distant planet Worlorn, which is drifting rapidly out of the galaxy. Life is evolving strangely on the chilly, darkening world, and the humans still living there are an eccentric lot. Dirk isn't certain whether Jaan, the scholar/warrior from bleak High Kavalaan, is Gwen's lover or captor, nor does he understand the harsh code that labels non-Kavalars "mockmen," shape-shifters who are fair game for hunting. Violent, repeated misunderstandings and reappraisals naturally follow. This is a young writer's book, full of romantic foreboding and foolishness. Nonetheless, Warlorn's grand, gloomy landscape is an evocative backdrop for characters obsessed with love, duty, and death, and their drama may well linger in the reader's memory for another 35 years. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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