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Darktraders (Hellflower #2) Mass Market Paperback – March 3, 1992


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; First Edition edition (March 3, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886775078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886775070
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,296,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Barb Caffrey VINE VOICE on July 30, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Darktraders," the second book of the Hellflower trilogy by eluki bes shahar, is one of the best books I've ever read.
I've already reviewed the first book through a review I did for the omnibus "Butterfly and Hellflower." And at that point, I'd given the trilogy 4 and a half stars.
However, I realized a few days ago that this story has not only stayed with me (which is the hallmark of a great story), but that the ideas are original, compelling, and believable.
Therefore, five star story.
Butterfly, the ship captain heroine, and Valijon Starbringer, the Hellflower mercenary hero, have an interesting sort of chemistry. Because Butterfly is in love with her former ship's computer, an Artificial Intelligence (actually a very old, very proscribed Library), Paladin, she has no interest in Valijon. (And Valijon is too young for Butterfly anyway; he's only barely past puberty, whereas she's in her 30s.)
Taking the love interest out makes the rest of the story stronger, oddly enough, and it becomes a story about the following things:
What is the truth?
Can we believe our leaders?
Will absolute power always corrupt?
Can people change?
It's not every story that can do this. And when a story can, especially over 12 years after it was originally released (at least, the first story, "Hellflower," was released in 1991, I think), maybe it isn't too much to call this a classic series.
I definitely believe that the Hellflower trilogy should be recommended reading for people new to s/f -- because it shows the potential of the genre to explore new ideas, and old ideas in a new setting, in an unusual and provocative way.
Five stars. Highly recommended.
And let's hope some publisher with some sense out there will ask Ms. shahar to reprint these books. Please!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on May 24, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Darktraders (1992) is the second SF in the Hellflower series, following Hellflower.

In the previous volume, Butterfly was walking through Wanderweb when she encountered an incident. K'Jarn and his six werewolves were facing a toff. Tiggy Stardust was about to lose his money and maybe his life. Butterfly intervened, but K'Jarn was not intimidated.

One of his sideboys tried a swipe at Tiggy and Tiggy counters him with a blur of motion. Butterfly took off K'Jarn's hand with his blaster still inside. K'Jarn and his boys moved out quickly.

Tiggy was still standing with an inert-blade knife as long as Butterfly's thigh in his hand. Tiggy talked to Butterfly, but she didn't understand his speech. The only language they had in common was Interphon, but Butterfly wasn't real comfortable with that tongue.

Butterfly wanted nothing to do with Tiggy and they separated. Butterfly went to visit a bonecrack to implant a Remote Transponder Sensor in her head. It worked and Butterfly now could hear Paladin as if he was standing behind her.

In this novel, Butterflies-are-free Peace Sincere is an escaped slave from an interdicted world. She is captain/owner of the Firecat, a modified shuttle. Butterfly is using Paladin as her navicomp.

Library Main Bank Seven of the Federal Library at Sikander Prime is a fugitive from the Empire. Butterfly is fiercely loyal to him. He has left Butterfly to find her own fortune.

Walks-by-Night Kennor's son Starbringer Amrath Valijon of Chernbereth-Molkath is a hellflower, an alMayne warrior. Butterfly calls him Tiggy Stardust due to his clothing style.
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It breaks my heart there isn't more five star reviews of this book and the hellflower series. I have loved this series since I was in high-school. I've read hundreds of other scifi books after reading the hellflower books and while I've found many great reads I have yet to find any I enjoy as much as this trilogy + 2-3 other stories. I wish everyone would grab these books and spread the word about how great they are so MAYBE Ms. Shahar/Rosemary Edghill will decide to write more books based in the world she created. BUY ALL THE HELLFLOWER BOOKS AND SHARE THEM WITH YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND THE WORLD!! I reread these books every 2-3 years because they are that good.
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