One of the most renowned and respected literary artists in the field of science fiction, Robert Silverberg transports us once again to a spectacular, deftly conceived world in transition and propels us on a remarkable odyssey of survival and self-discovery.
The Folk were first to arrive on this faraway planet, pushing aside the docile, intelligent aboriginal races they encountered. The Masters followed to subjugate the careless, complacent fellow humans who preceded them here.
Born to take over the reins of House Keilloran, Joseph Master Keilloran awakens one night in the Great House of distant relatives to the thunder of battle. Joseph escapes, but he is stranded and alone 10,000 miles from his home. Damned by his birth and class, surrounded by enemies who would kill him if they found him, Joseph must now embark on a journey of unimaginable distance toward a home that may already be in ruin.
"This is especially fine work by the always reliable Silverberg, and it promises an agreeable series of successors." (Booklist)
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