Peter David, a creative force in television, and a best-selling author of comics and novels, has created a fantasy world sure to delight his legions of readers.
The Damned World is home to twelve races, each of which has fought the others for survival for generations. What none of them knows is that they are all creatures of Earth, a world of legend. On Earth eleven of the twelve races were creatures of human myth or folklore.
All live in awe of the all-powerful Overseer, whose authority none dare challenge. A new spirit has arisen among those sick of war and tired of living in fear. Some believe that it is possible for the races to become allies instead of adversaries. With this new spirit has come a time of possibility, of change.
Jepp, a human woman and Karsen, a Bottom Feeder, have broken with tradition and cast their lots together. They seek the Orb of Light, with which they believe they can gain the power and release the Damned World from its chains of violence and ignorance. But they're not alone, for everyone who knows about the Orb would kill to get it. If someone gets the Orb, things will change. These are, as the proverb warns, interesting times.
|Publisher:||Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC|
|Series:||Hidden Earth Series , #1|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.09(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.39(d)|
About the Author
Peter David is the author of many novels, comics, screenplays, and many best-selling Star Trek and Babylon 5 novels. He's the author of the Sir Apropos of Nothing and the Knight Life fantasy series. In addition, he has written for several television series, including Babylon 5 and Crusades among others, and was the co-creator of Space Cases, which ran for two seasons on Nickelodeon. He lives on Long Island.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
At first, I thought that the book was too 'busy' too many things, and species, going on. Once I got used to that, I became caught up in the story. I can't wait for the next book.
The twelve races make up the Banished and they are exiled from their homelands the Elserealms. They defeated the humans during the Third Wave confrontation. The Morts as mankind is disdainfully called were eradicated to the point of extinction. The Overseer and his troops The Travelers insure the Banished never return to Elserealms. With the Morts vanquished, the Banished alliance is shattered as each species fights one another for ultimate supremacy and within a species for control. Betrayal, treason, and strange bedfellows are the norm as today¿s ally is tonight¿s enemy. In this environs, Jepp the human joins Bottom Feeders stealing anything from the battlefield dead to sell on the thriving black markets. They seek the human weapon of mass destruction, the Orb of Trinity that will give the owner quite an edge in the power struggles. However, soon the ¿rulers¿ of this ravaged orb, of each of the Banished species, and the few surviving humans take interest in this seemingly inconsequential female, but even she has no earthly idea why. --- This is a fascinating apocalyptic thriller in which racism plays a major role as each species thinks they are the superior master race that should dominate the other species. Interestingly as a sad reflection of our world, it is this bigotry that makes the Peter David universe seem genuine as each of the species need to subjugate the lesser races, which is everyone else. There is no prime story line as a myriad of subplots follow many of the species as they make bids to rule the world in Peter David¿s DARKNESS OF THE LIGHT spellbinding fantasy. --- Harriet Klausner