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Rider at the Gate (Nighthorse, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1996
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I believe in the future: I'm an optimist for good reason---I've studied a lot of history, in which, yes, there is climate change, and our species has been through it. We've never faced it fully armed with what we now know, and if we play our cards right, we'll use it as a technological springboard and carry on in very interesting ways.
I also believe a writer owes a reader a book that has more than general despair to spread about: I write about clever, determined people who don't put up with situations, not for long, anyway: people who find solutions inspire me.
My personal websites and blog: http://www.cherryh.com
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Cherryh is known to take quite a bit of time developing her story and I suggest patience when starting this set. I didn't feel completely drawn into the story until about page 150 of the first book, but after that point couldn't put the books down.
This novel shocked me and swept me off my feet. Not only is it more realistic form of telepathy (the animals are not the heroes and Cherryh does not pretend to underline that) but the world explodes in your eyes, ears, your nose and your well being.
Cherryh's writing is unmatched as far as her style. She really plays with the words and phrases in such a way that she makes you feel everything around you.
In this book you get Cherryh's writing, great ecology, genuine charactes,impeccable plot, and a heck of a mystery with a twist.
C.J. Cherryh's writing, like Mozart's music, has a consistent feel that easily identifies the author after a few brief passages. In Cherryh's case there's always external conflict that's amplifying the internal conflict in the characters' minds. Anguished thoughts bouncing around inside the protagonist's skulls and inadequate words failing to bridge the gaps separating their different viewpoints are a hallmark of her novels. Usually there are mundane reasons for the communication failures such as different backgrounds, ages, and levels of maturity. In "Rider at the Gate" Cherryh provides a more intrinsic reason to throttle understanding between the people involved.
On the unnamed planet where the story is set the native fauna are telepathic. Predators sniff out the mental odor of their prey. The higher up the food chain you go, the more telepathic tricks the animals employ. At the top of the chain are the nighthorses. who can project their presence where they're not, or fabricate a completely different landscape from the one your eyes perceive. When they first encountered human colonists the nighthorses were delighted to be around humans' higher-level though processes; telepathically, humans just smelled good. And while their inability to cope with telepathic local animals quickly knocked the bulk of the colonists back to scattered fortified settlements and circa-1900 technology, those who bonded with nighthorses were able to move through the wilderness relatively easily.
The bond with nighthorses comes with a price, of course. Because humans can't transmit telepathically themselves, their nighthorse-mediated communication is filtered through the alien mindsets of their telepathic companions.Read more ›
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I read this book when it first came out, and recently bought it again because I liked it so much the first time. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Vicki L. Smith
The two books of this series (this is the first) are two of the most powerful books of the SciFi genre I have ever read. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Wayne in Tennessee
Ms. Cherryh is one of those Science Fiction authors that are hard to put down. In a very good way. I've enjoyed her stories and this one is no exception. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Chris
I am only too happy that I now own this book. I first found this book in my local library and really enjoyed the Nighthorse world and Cloud's story. Time to reread!Published on February 8, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I actually read Clouds Rider before Rider at the Gate. After just a few pages I fell in love with the Night horse world and began a search for Rider at the Gate. Read morePublished on November 9, 2010 by Loncey
It was torture to get through this book. The sentence structure was headache inducing. There was no character development, just page after page describing the freezing cold... Read morePublished on September 12, 2010 by agbmom
This is an odd and disturbing piece of fiction. Most books with a telepathic link between central characters (the tree cats in David Weber's Honor series, Loiosh in Steven Brust's... Read morePublished on October 5, 2009 by Margaret Fiore