Alice Mary Norton, known to her mostly male readers as Andre Alice Norton, was the first woman to be inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, among many other august honors. A prolific spinner of science fiction and fantasy yarns, Norton here brings the listener to the planet of Asti, a peaceful place that has been conquered by a barbarian tribe. Our heroine is Varta, last of the virgin maidens, who must flee her home for safety in a secret world. Tenderly performed by veteran Cindy Hardin Killavey, "The Gifts of Asti" feature sensuous descriptions of the beautiful Varta, archly archaic dialogue, and rich depictions of a world not our own.
In this story, barbarian hordes overtake a peaceful planet, which forces the final temple virgin of Asti and her faithful companion, Lur, to flee. They embark on an adventure that leads both of them to a a secret world and the discovery of a new destiny.
(P)2009 Jimcin Recordings
I've read some of the author's short stories and enjoyed them but this one seemed to drop off. The story is well written and narration easy to follow but it seemed to suddenly end.
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