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On a water-rich planet with distant major landmasses, two markedly different species of intelligent beings have evolved separately without any knowledge of the other's existence. But when one courageous explorer gives up everything and sets sail for the other side of the world, he jeopardizes not only his own life but also the safety of his entire race.
Hab Miquay is a renowned mariner, the only person to have ever sail to and return from the equator, a treacherous region where, because of the constant pull from the planet's two natural satellites, survival is virtually impossible due to monstrous moon tides. But when a scientist researching volcanic ash deposits shares his theory with the ship captain -- the existence of another as-of-yet undiscovered continent beyond the tides -- Miquay risks his family's entire savings for an expedition that will most likely end in his death. Against all odds, Miquay and a few lucky others survive the perilous journey and find the new continent. Unlike their peaceful, prosperous homeland of Paras, the newfound world is a volcanic wasteland inhabited by an intelligent race of giant reptilian creatures whose complex, Machiavellian society is based on deceit, subterfuge, and violence. And to make matters worse, the "hoppers," as Miquay calls them, are extremely interested in finding a way to navigate the tides to Paras, the Golden Land…
Reminiscent of Harry Turtledove's Colonization saga and C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner sequence -- with a heaping helping of classic adventure pulp -- Mackay's novel about cultures colliding is breakneck-paced, jam-packed with action, and immensely satisfying. You want rip-roaring adventure fantasy? Look no further. Paul Goat Allen