Haydn of Marsby Al Sarrantonio
A reluctant symbol for those who would restore the monarchy, Haydn is too young and unprepared to assume the throne--but
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On Mars, in the distant future, the princess Haydn's arranged marriage cannot save her beloved Republic. Her arch-enemy, the warrior-woman Frane, seeks to make herself Queen while Haydn--the legitimate heir-- must flee for her life.
A reluctant symbol for those who would restore the monarchy, Haydn is too young and unprepared to assume the throne--but determined to become a great Queen. With a bounty on her head, she will make a perilous journey to the realization that--in order to save her world-- she must sacrifice all that she holds dear.
"Haydn of Mars is the cat's pajamas...reads as if Edgar Rice Burroughs had been born in 1973 instead of 1873, and just begun writing today."
-- Science Fiction Weekly
"Fabulous...an enthralling Martian science fiction tale."
-- Midwest Book Review
"Fans of fantasy and SF alike will appreciate this genre-bending space adventure."
"Sarrantonio�s colorful �distant future� is similar to Bradbury�s Martian Chronicles or Burroughs� Barsoom."
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Great for a weekend read. I enjoyed the story and the characters, the heartache was tough to deal with but it fit the unline story of politics on Mars. I encourage you to enjoy this quick read.
Many thousands of years into the future a terraformed Mars is populated by sentient felines that walk on two legs and contain retractable claws and opposable thumbs amongst other innate skills. Humans are extinct on the planet and thought to be creatures of mythology. Princess Haydn`s father dissolved the monarchy and established a republic in its place, but he was assassinated soon afterward. Haydn married someone she did not love in order to unite the clans and keep the F¿ror clan in check..................... The plan failed and Frane of the F¿ror declared herself queen. Haydn fled while the F¿ror occupied the planet. The princess in exile spends the next year on the run hiding from her enemies while making new allies who hone her into a warrior worthy of the crown. She leads an army against the mighty F¿ror knowing many will die, but that in the end it will be her against Frane................. The key characters seem humanoid so that for long stretches readers will forget they are intelligent cats. Haydn is a sympathetic figure who Frane hates because the princess married the tomcat she loved. She had him killed because she did not want her rival to have him any longer. Just one more bill for Haydn who pays quite a price to become a worthy monarch. Al Sarrantonio writes an enthralling Martian science fiction tale that leaves fans purring in delight as two more cat tales will follow.............. Harriet Klausner