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  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756401399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756401399
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.3 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Julie E. Czerneda is a biologist and writer whose science fiction has received international acclaim, awards, and best-selling status. She is the author of the popular "Species Imperative" trilogy, the "Web Shifters" series, the "Trade Pact Universe" trilogy and her new "Stratification" novels. She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her stand-alone novel, In the Company of Others, won Canada's Prix Aurora Award and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished SF. Julie lives with her husband and two children in the lake country of central Ontario, under skies so clear they could take seeing the Milky Way for granted, but never do. You can find her at www.czerneda.com.

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I read it every spare moment I could through the day until I finished it that night.
H. Sowle
Julie Czerneda has a knack for improving from one book to the next, and considering how good the first book in the series was, WOW.
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Czerneda has a real gift for writing about aliens -- and about humans, for that matter!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Brukman on May 17, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
HIDDEN is a space opera of the best kind. While stand-alone, the book continues the evolution of Esen from the previous Webshifter novels. Esen, a very young shifter by her race's standards, and her human friend Paul, live in careful disguise to avoid the attention of the curious and the hostile. However, when they are suddenly assailed by hidden enemies, it's clear that their anonimity is no protection, and their subsequent quest to survive and counter their opponents allows the plot to explore both the exotic but fascinating aliens, and Esen's own maturing character.
The author populates her worlds with appealing aliens: they are truly not humans, but are nonetheless three-dimensional despite enormous biological and cultural diversity. The humor is well-woven into the plot, and provides a welcome relief from the tension and danger. And last, and most important, Esen herself, impulsive, well-intentioned, making mistakes and redeeming herself and those around her--a perfect combination of vulnerability and strength.
A delightful coming-of-age story for a three-hundred-year-old adolescent blue blob.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on April 10, 2003
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Hidden in Sight is the third novel in the Web Shifters series, following Changing Vision. In the previous volume, Janet Chase has exposed her predatory intentions and has fled Minas XII. Her co-conspirator, Inspector Logan, is unwise enough to come to Minas XII and learns not to betray a Herd of Ganthor. Rudy Lefebvre has left the Russell III and is contemplating a new future. Project Leader Kearn has been slipped a tip by the Esen Monster and is horrified, confused and gratified. The Kraal have not learned the secret of Web-being flight. Esen has met a new Group of friends and she resumes her life with Paul on Minas XII.

In this novel, Picco's Moon has been invaded by someone who is mining Ersh's mountain and killing Tumblers. The disappearance of a Tumbler is reported and this information is forwarded to data collection equipment at Cameron & Ki Exports. Paul and Esen book passage to Picco's Moon on the Largas ship, Vegas Lass, but another passenger, Hom Wolla, has disappeared in the Dump, delaying the departure. Paul goes to the Dump to fetch the passenger, but doesn't return or communicate in two hours, so Esen goes after both of them. When she enters the bar, a Herd of Ganthor enters behind her and another Herd is before her with a drugged youngster who has been stolen from the other herd; the negotiations between the Herds escalates into a firefight. Then heavily armed and armored troopers enter the bar searching for something and both Herds turn against the newcomers. Esen loses sight of Paul and Wolla, but manages to escape through the lava tunnels to relative safety just before the firefight blows off the roof.

Esen flees to the safety of her home and finds a crater instead; someone has blown up her house.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A reader on April 21, 2003
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Since I discovered her books a year ago, Julie Czerneda has never disappointed me. I simply love everything she writes! Her books have great stories and even greater characters. One just can't help but fall in love with them. In Hidden in Sight, we reunite with my own favorite character, wonderful Esen-alit-Quar, "Esen for short, Es in a hurry". I won't try to give you a summary of the story (as many others seem to enjoy doing), instead I'll only tell you to treat yourself and read this book (ideally starting with the first of the trilogy, Beholder's Eye, followed by Changing Vision). I can assure you you will enjoy it. It's great SF, with a heart... And the strangest aliens you'll ever see!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 2004
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This author is simply beyond words- If at all possible, Czerneda just gets better & better with each book she writes. In the third of this series, we get to return to the universe where our favorite alien Esen resides and get to see our little blue blob grow up- and get one hell of a great story to boot. Esen-alit-quar is simply one of the most beautifully written characters I have ever come across, a being so different & unique but so vulnerable, sweet and good that she personifies the phrase "never judge a book by it's cover." You never lose sight of her being an alien, but she is so endearingly "human" that you cannot help but love her. It is characters like this that make me still read Sci-fi. I only wish all authors had one ounce of the skill that Czerneda has in her craftsmanship. If you can only get one book, definitely get this one. The story & the character will become a part of you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "spytfire" on May 15, 2003
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The first book of the Webshifters series was a pleasant surprise while I was finishing up with Grad school. Meeting Esen turned me into a fan of Julie's work, and I have not been disappointed yet.
Hidden took my breath away, again. Julie Czerneda has a knack for improving from one book to the next, and considering how good the first book in the series was, WOW.
A couple of unexpected twists made me stop, re-read and re-read again, wide-eyed and surprised.
I lost a lot of sleep reading Hidden, but I don't regret a minute of it.
Brava, Julie, Brava!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 15, 2003
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It seems to me that one often sees a slip in series books, as the original inspiration for the series can't support the fan's hopes for more. An author continues in the series not because there is more story to be told but because there are more books to be sold. Thankfully, for fans of Czerneda and the Web series, this was not the case in Hidden in Sight.
Hidden in Sight is a wonderful third book that not only maintained the depth of character and attention to detail of the first two but, to my mind, expanded the story and characters to new levels. I hate spoilers in reviews and won't have any here, but it's difficult to avoid because of how much I enjoyed the additional characterization of a couple in particular. I'll just say that I'm not talking about Esen or Paul, though the continuation of their relationship and characterization is well handled and moves along wonderfully in this third book of the Web series. And there are new aliens! I [have a weakness] for alien cultures -- when done by someone who handles them with the depth of detail and careful consideration that Czerneda obviously always does.
It's a five star book. Buy it, and if you haven't read the earlier ones, buy them as well. They are all wonderful and this one my favorite so far. I can only hope there are more of the Web series, because they just keep getting better. Write faster, Ms. Czerneda. Write faster.
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A love of reading turned into a love of writing for Julie E. Czerneda. A former biologist, then writer and editor of non-fiction, in 1997 DAW Books published Julie's first sf novel, "A Thousand Words for Stranger" and she hasn't stopped since. Her work has received international acclaim, multiple awards,and best-selling status. You'll find her work in anthologies as well, as she enjoys working with other writers. Julie is a popular speaker, whether on writing, science, or the use of science fiction to promote scientific literacy. Her recent adventures included being Guest of Honour for the national conventions of New Zealand and Australia, as well as Master of Ceremonies for Anticipation, the Montreal Worldcon. She'll be Guest of Honour at Chattacon, TN, February 2015.
Julie is currently writing the concluding trilogy to The Clan Chronicles, the SF series that began with her first novel. DAW Books has bought a further three titles in her fantasy series, Night's Edge.
For more on Julie's work and upcoming events, please visit www.czerneda.com
Oh, and when not writing or at conventions? Julie and her photographer husband grab their canoe and disappear into the glorious wilderness surrounding their central Ontario home.

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