ibooks (Simon & Schuster)
Date: January 2004
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Rachel A Hyde
of Moons Chronicles, Book I
By K D Wentworth
created quite a name for itself with reissuing old classics and
here is one from 1994 that blends SF with fantasy and manages to
fit a story into one slim volume. The Kashi live a privileged life
atop their mountain, blessed as they are with the gift of mindspeaking
and their golden looks. Young Haemas Sennay Tal is the daughter
of one of the High Houses and on the cusp of coming of age, where
she will inherit as her powerful father’s only child. But
something has gone terribly wrong, and she is on the run in the
Lowlands, accused of her father’s murder. While her stepmother
and cousin plot and scheme, and a Searcher is sent after her to
bring her back to stand trial, she will instead find out about a
misuse of power that might bring an end to the whole planet.
This is a tale with many issues at its heart.
The misuse of talent to treat those less gifted as slaves, and the
way in which women are treated by the Kashi as well as the dangers
of a lack of respect for one’s environment all combine to
make a compelling read. If the book has a fault it is that it is
rather linear, and for such a delightfully Dune-like scenario of
plotting between the Houses it would have been great to have a longer
and more complex novel to read. The reader is plunged into the thick
of things straight away, and the planet and its inhabitants slowly
reveal themselves throughout the book. This is on the whole a good
plan, for it eliminates the need for appendices and lengthy introductions.
By the end of the book the stage is well and truly set for the rest
of the series, so watch out for book two House of Moons when it
comes in the spring. Different? Not really, but well done, well
realised and compelling.