After millenia of relentless war, the union of alien races called the Weave was on the verge of winning a victory- thanks to their new allies from Earth, who in a mere handful of centuries had proved masters of combat. But then, the birdlike Wais scholar Lalelelang found disturbing evidence that Humans might not adapt so easily to peace- that ...
After millenia of relentless war, the union of alien races called the Weave was on the verge of winning a victory- thanks to their new allies from Earth, who in a mere handful of centuries had proved masters of combat. But then, the birdlike Wais scholar Lalelelang found disturbing evidence that Humans might not adapt so easily to peace- that natural Human aggression would next be turned against the Weave, unless they were once again confined to fight amongst themselves. When her field research revealed the existence of a secret group of powerfully telepathic Humans called the Core, it looks as if Lalelelang would be the first victim in a new war between Humans and their allies. But just as her fate was sealed, a lone Core commander took a chance on her intelligence and compassion, gambling the fate of Humanity on the possibility that together they could find an alternative to a galaxy-wide bloodbath...
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Publishers Weekly, 1993-03-15 Concluding the story begun in A Call to Arms and The False Mirror , Foster chronicles a centuries-long war among alien races: the Weave versus the Amplitur and its allies. The latter wish to subsume intelligent species to the Purpose, an arguably despotic regime under Amplitur rule; the Weave, a collection of alien races, opposes this notion. The tide turns when the Weave discover the planet Earth and the savage, martially skilled human race. The humans' savagery becomes the deciding factor, and the war eventually ends with the Amplitur's surrender. Of main interest here is the way humans are perceived by aliens, as seen through the eyes of Lalelelang, a Wais scholar, who is unique among her people in displaying an interest in, and later a tolerance for being in the presence of humans. Lalelelang's scholarly intensity leads her to some remarkable discoveries of secrets held by several species, including humans. As usual, Foster's aliens are either B-movie monster types or variations on Earth animals (the Wais are in essence large birds). The novel does a good job of breaking down stereotypes about how races behave--though Foster tends to maintain a view of humans as savages. While unevenly paced, this is generally a worthwhile read. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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