The Wilding

The Wilding

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by C. S. Friedman
     
 

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The tribal Braxaná-created to become the ultimate warriors. The Azeans-raised to master the power of the mind. Two civilizations fighting an endless war over a long-forgotten cause. Now, after a century and a half, the legacy of their greatest military leaders threatens to tear apart both empires.  See more details below

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The tribal Braxaná-created to become the ultimate warriors. The Azeans-raised to master the power of the mind. Two civilizations fighting an endless war over a long-forgotten cause. Now, after a century and a half, the legacy of their greatest military leaders threatens to tear apart both empires.

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The Wilding is the much-anticipated sequel to C. S. Friedman's blockbuster 1986 debut novel, In Conquest Born, an epic saga of two culturally divergent interstellar civilizations and their two legendary leaders, who are locked in mortal conflict. Taking place centuries after the concluding events of In Conquest Born, The Wilding begins with the two empires in flux. The Holding, which is made up of numerous male-dominated tribes, has been ruled by the genetically obsessed Braxana (a.k.a. the Pale Ones) for generations; but as they desperately strive to invigorate their stagnant gene pool, other tribes secretly plot revolution.

The inhabitants of the Azean Empire, meanwhile, are still genetically manipulating their offspring, ceaselessly trying to improve the human genome. In the nightmarish aftermath of the Institute for the Advancement of Psychic Evolution centuries earlier, a Big Brother type of society has been formed based on misinformation and mistrust. When outcasts from both societies fatefully meet in the Outlands of space -- an exiled Braxin warrior on an impossible quest and an Azean woman in search of a long-lost sister -- the futures of both warring civilizations are irrevocably changed forever.

Fans of Friedman's works who have waited almost two decades for this novel can rest assured that their patience will be rewarded tenfold. The Wilding is archetypal Celia S: richly detailed characters; complex, emotionally absorbing themes; and singularly original settings. In a genre where the inundation of mediocre story lines is like so much white noise, Friedman is a unique voice singing out loudly and clearly above the din. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756402020
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
802,244
Product dimensions:
4.41(w) x 6.81(h) x 1.56(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

An acknowledged master of Dark Fantasy, Celia Friedman is a John W. Campbell award finalist, and the author of the highly acclaimed Coldfire Trilogy, New York Times Notable Book of the Year This Alien Shore, In Conquest Born, The Madness Season, The Wilding and The Magister Trilogy.  Ms. Friedman worked for twenty years as a professional costume designer, but retired from that career in 1996 to focus on her writing. She lives in Virginia, and can be contacted via her website, www.csfriedman.com.

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Wilding 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Friedman's _In Conquest Born_ is a richly imaginative work that describes the conflicts of two polar-opposite societies/philosophies personified by the two leading antagonists. _The Wilding_ picks up two hundred years afterwards. It taps the greatness of ICB, but does not equal it. While it is a worthy read, I had hoped for more.
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