This is a wonderful series of recordings with Michael Hordern narrating accompanied by beautifully atmospheric music. The story is one of the better in the series with one child from the Voyage of the Dawn Treader and one new child. Its a more exciting adventure than Voyage of the Dawn Treader with both children being likeable. The story has some slightly more serious themes than the previous books, in particular (without giving too much away), the Giants whose diet is less than appealing.
All in all, a lovely story beautifully read.
The future created by Melissa Scott is vivid and unique, with a clever twist on the usual idea of how technology will develop as well as an interesting view of what the dominant human culture would be. I love the way that ships move by tuning enormous keels to the sound of heaven so that, in effect, they phase out of our reality - a very interesting take on the typical hyperspace/warp speed concept. The lead character of Silence Leigh is strong and likeable, very much along the same lines as in some of Anne McCaffrey's and Elizabeth Moon's novels. With a rewarding storyline founded on interesting concepts, this is a deservedly award-winning trilogy and I would recommend it to everyone.
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