With three acclaimed novels - "Powers That Be", "Power Lines" and "Power Play" - bestselling authors - Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough launched a thought-provoking science fiction saga that told the story of a sentient planet, Petaybee. The planet and its inhabitants, led by Yana Maddock and Sean Shongili, fought off the mercenary ...
With three acclaimed novels - "Powers That Be", "Power Lines" and "Power Play" - bestselling authors - Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough launched a thought-provoking science fiction saga that told the story of a sentient planet, Petaybee. The planet and its inhabitants, led by Yana Maddock and Sean Shongili, fought off the mercenary designs of a powerful interstellar corporation determined to exploit the icy world's natural resources. In "Changelings", the first of a new series of novels, Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough return to Petaybee. Yana and Sean are now the parents of twins, Ronan Born for Water Shongili and Murel Monster Slayer Shongili. Born on Petyabee, their destiny is deeply intertwined with the sentient planet that is their home. For Ronan and Murel are more than human. Like their father, each can transform into a seal and converse telepathically with the planet's creatures - such as the friendly otter whose life they save one day from a pack of ravenous wolves. But the twins' bravery has unforeseen results when a visiting scientist witnesses their startling metamorphosis and becomes obsessed with their capture. To protect their children, Sean and Yana send them to stay with a powerful family friend on an orbiting space station. But no one realizes how curious Ronan and Murel are to discover the origins of their shape-shifting talent - and that their search for knowledge will place them squarely in the path of peril. Meanwhile, Petaybee is changing - and much faster than an ordinary planet's natural evolution. It appears that portions of the sea are heating up and a landmass is suddenly rising from the depths. To investigate the startling occurrence, Sean heads out to the open water in his seal form. Bur the newly unstable region holds untold mysteries - and the potential for disaster.
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Publishers Weekly, 2005-10-17 Those familiar with McCaffrey and Scarborough's first SF trilogy about life on the sentient planet Petaybee will best appreciate this solid start of a new series, which picks up where Power Play (1995) left off. Murel and Ronan, the precocious twins born to Maj. Yanaba Maddock-Shongili, administrator of Petaybee, and geneticist/selkie Dr. Sean Shongili, lead an idyllic, if frigid, life on the icy planet for their first eight years. Protected by their snow leopard and track-cat nannies, they change into seals, play with otters and telepathically communicate with each other and the fauna. When it appears their abilities have aroused the sinister interest of off-world scientists, they're sent to live on a space station with a family friend. Fast-paced adventure follows as the twins thwart their enemies and further deal with their selkie natures. Flat characterization, anthropomorphic animals, sentimentality and simplistic takes on various cultures (including Inuit, Irish and Hawaiian) make this novel best suited for those with a taste for less-sophisticated SF. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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