By Sheri S. Tepper
The “Before Time”:
A time when some of mankind used technology in an attempt to destroy
those who didn't think the same way they did. The “Big Kill”:
A race known as The Slaughterers killed off most of mankind. Those
who survived were scattered to different corners of the earth. Earthquakes
and other natural disasters changed the face of the planet. Now,
the waters are rising. Towns must move to higher levels. The seas
are threatening to flood the earth once again.
Xulai is a girl from Tingawa assigned to aid Xu-i-lok, a Tingawan
princess, as her soul carrier. Once the princess dies, Xulai will
carry her soul back to Tingawa, her homeland. With her new friend,
Abasio, and her protectors, Precious Wind and Bear, Xulai starts
her long journey home. However, the journey is a dangerous one.
There are those who want to destroy Xulai and prevent her from returning
home. These include an evil Duchess, Alicia, with a grudge against
the princess, and an evil slaughterer who wasn't destroyed with
the others. The people of this earth live as ours did back in the
medieval times. They are simple people with simple lives. But, not
all is as it seems.
This is the first book of Tepper's that I have read. It is quite
an intriguing story. It has that scifi/fantasy feel to it. As you
get into the story you begin to realize that there are similarities
to how this earth and humanity runs with the earth in the story.
There are a few surprises throughout and an interesting ending.
Tepper has definitely made it to my top ten list of authors; she
has quite the imagination. I couldn't put it down until I finished
it. I can't wait to read more. I definitely recommend this book.