Torio, a renegade Reader, has broken his oath and taken his powers of telepathy to the Savage Lands. The Savage Adepts have driven back the walls of the Empire, using their mysterious gifts of sorcery. Now, with the Readers in their midst, their powers - to tumble walls, to sink ships, to cause the earth to swallow entire cities - can reach into the very heart of the Empire.
Lenardo, one of the most powerful Readers in the Aventine Empire, can read thoughts and sense details about objects and people miles away. His abilities are crucial, since the Empire is being attacked by savages with immense psychic powers. When he discovers that one of his former students, Galen, has turned traitor, he's sent on a mission to retrieve the turncoat. Instead, he encounters Lady Aradia, who dreams of ending the conflict. But most of the savage Adepts are allied with Lord Drakonius, whose only interest lies in conquest.
When Jonmair establishes production of selyn-the biologic energy Gens produce and Simes must have to live - her Sime parents sell her into the Pens. She is a Gen, to be held until she produces enough selyn to serve a Sime, and then sold as a Choice Kill. Baird is Sime - but his greatest desire in life is to separate himself from the Kill. Living without killing Gens, though, is considered a perversion. His own father determinedly sabotages Baird's efforts. Baird and Jonmair live at a crux in history.
Tonyo Logan and Zhag Paget are the stuff of legend. Their music is the soundtrack of the turbulent period after the signing of the Unity Treaty, when Simes and Gens must figure out how to live as their leaders have decided - together! When from time immemorial Simes have killed Gens in order to live, and Gens have murdered Simes to keep from being killed, how can they change literally overnight? And how can music help? The three stories told here span the first 15 years of Zhag and Tonyo's partnership, from their beginnings as starving musicians to their heyday as international superstars.
"A series of Short Stories but like a TV Miniseries"
Jean Lorrah's novels have a loyal following, but her many fans are unaware that she's also written short stories. Here are all her best tales collected in one volume. The author provides a lively introduction, telling how she became first a science fiction fan and then a writer. She provides hints for aspiring writers, and shows the pitfalls in a writer's life.
On holiday in Loch Ness in Scotland, Craig hopes to capture the monster named Nessie, but his little sister, Linda, ruins his every chance. A glowing stone leads them to Nessie's secret grotto, which includes Viking pirates and a treacherous mermaid. Is it worth Craig's life to capture the Loch Ness Monster? The first tale in this exciting children's fantasy series.