In a space-faring civilization where a single woman is increasingly disenfranchised, the star pilot Silence Leigh is defrauded from her inheritance by a greedy competitor. Forced to ally with two men, Silence is dragged into a deadly political struggle, and is tantalized by the hints of the legendary Earth, as well as the dread and the glory of Magi's power. Her dreams of having her own ship and of escape from the Hegemony's oppressions take on new direction and focus when she joins the crew of "The Sun-Treader".
©1985 Melissa Scott (P)2012 David Wilson
I read this story many years ago when it came out and loved it then. I was so glad to see it in audio book. It's even better in audio. I hope they release the other two books in the trilogy: Silence in Solitude and Empress of Earth.
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.
I've been reading this series since it came out during my teens. It's nice being able to enjoy it again in a hands free manner. The voices and pronunciation I've had 8n my mind these thirty years is so different than the readers.
My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
I did something the other day, that I have not done in years. I turned off a book, I had not finished and turned on the radio.
This started out with a pretty good first chapter. Leigh is in court, wearing a veil and waiting on her uncle to show up. In the future she lives in, the Hegemony that rules does not grant women legal rights or let them speak for themselves in court. A guardian (man) must do that for her. She is one of the only women pilots in the Universe, cause she learned before this hegemony took over. She handles herself very well in this situation and the first chapter is very clearly written. I really thought I was in for a good story.
In chapter two she pilots a ship by Harmonizing with the Universe? This was a long boring stupid chapter. Then the rest of the book is like, when I am trying to be nice and I ask my wife how was her day and then she actually tells me minute by minute. Really, I mean when women ask other women, how was there day, are they really that interested?
In the past I had read Brightly Burning by Scott and thought it was okay, so I gave this a shot. Bad Idea.
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