Darkwar [NOOK Book]

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The world grows colder with each passing year, the longer winters and ever-deepening snows awaking ancient fears within the Dengan Packstead, fears of invasion by armed and desperate nomads, attack by the witchlike and mysterious Silth, able to kill with their minds alone, and of the Grauken, that desperate time when intellect gives way to buried cannibalistic instinct, when meth feeds upon meth. For Marika, a young pup of the Packstead, loyal to pack and family, times are dark indeed, for against these foes, ...
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The world grows colder with each passing year, the longer winters and ever-deepening snows awaking ancient fears within the Dengan Packstead, fears of invasion by armed and desperate nomads, attack by the witchlike and mysterious Silth, able to kill with their minds alone, and of the Grauken, that desperate time when intellect gives way to buried cannibalistic instinct, when meth feeds upon meth. For Marika, a young pup of the Packstead, loyal to pack and family, times are dark indeed, for against these foes, the Packstead cannot prevail. But awakening within Marika is a power unmatched in all the world, a legendary power that may not just save her world, but allow her to grasp the stars themselves.
From Glen Cook, author of the Black Company and Dread Empire novels, comes Darkwar, collecting for the first time, the stunning science fantasy epic that originally appeared as Doomstalker, Warlock, and Ceremony.
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Teaching an old dog new tricks can be a world-shaking task, as documented in this omnibus collection of mid-1980s proto-steampunk science fantasies from noted fantasy author Cook (Chronicles of the Black Company). In "Doomstalker," Marika, a young pup of a matriarchal canid race, has her world overturned when northern nomads raid her packstead and she develops psychic abilities. In "Warlock," Marika learns of the politics behind the raids, involving a power-hungry, space-faring sisterhood and rebellious males including her own littermate. In "Ceremony," her talents and cold logic threaten the social structure of her world as she struggles to save it from global cooling and contact with aliens. Played out against an intriguing and well-detailed culture of feudal guilds contending with wooden spaceships, Marika's tale is affecting even as her path leads over the bodies of many she once loved. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597803755
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books[Start]
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 473,460
  • File size: 772 KB

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

    I've worn out my originals

    I'll be brief. In the various genres of adventure fiction there often appears a character (minor or major) of surpassing, world-destroying power. In the Darkwar trilogy Glen Cook follows the life of one such adept. Marika came out of nowhere. She was well-raised and as well educated as a pack of Stone Age hunter-gatherers could. Her talent takes her from the wilderness to civilization. In the wider world she pursues the love of knowledge she brought with her and discovers a love of flying. She finds that the stars are denied to her, but she reaches for them. She finds herself beset by ancient conspiracies and betrayed by friends, so she fights back in self defense. She discovers her world faces an ice age and remakes society to survive. Out in the stars a world-shaking discovery is made and she fights to protect it.

    The drama all comes from a child's urge to seek and explore and learn and grow and be safe. The conflict comes from those who hate what she is, fear her for her power or seek to destroy any threat to the established order even at the cost of destroying the race's chance to survive. It's a hard life when even your friends and mentors fear you. Marika isn't human but her experience speaks to all of us.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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