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Product Details

  • Series: Stratification (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: DAW Hardcover; 1 edition (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756405602
  • ASIN: B002XULXVK
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,862,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Julie E. Czerneda has won several of Canada's prestigious Aurora Awards, was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, and made the Nebula preliminary nomination list with her second novel.

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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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Interesting, unpredictable, exciting, right to the end.
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I have to buy her books because I really enjoy reading them again and again, there are very few books you can say that about.
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Her characters are all - even the minor ones - well realized and multi-faceted enough for the roles which they occupy.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 3, 2009
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There's no better cure for a bad case of Weber than a good dose of Czerneda.

Rift in the Sky is the concluding third book of Julie Czerneda's Stratification trilogy which is the second trilogy in her Clan Chronicles series (the first trilogy being The Trade Pact Cycle, a noteworthy collection of novels that not-so-coincidentally includes her breakthrough work, A Thousand Words for Stranger). Okay, that takes care of what this book is in terms of its publishing lineage for those who don't know Julie or her books. (Please go to [...] for the definitive bibliography.)

Then again, what is this book, really? "After all," says the jaded fiction reader, "Aren't series and trilogies simply ever lessening circles of repetitive navel gazing created to bilk a fanbase?"

People like that have never really met the works of Julie Czerneda.

As implied in my tag line above, I read Rift immediately following the latest Weber effort. While I will review that book seperately, the immediate juxtaposition of the two clarified exactly why Ms. Czerneda is an author to be admired and emulated not only for the pure enjoyement of a reader but also as an example of professional speculative fiction prose.

The Stratification trilogy encompasses a prequel story arc that forms the foundation of The Trade Pact Cycle novels. This continuing tale of adventure, danger, and romance provides many answers as to the "Why?" questions asked in the previous works but quite a few new mysteries are added to the mix as well.

As in all trilogies, you benefit most in Reading Rift by having read the previous two books, Reap the Wild Wind and Riders of the Storm.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on December 10, 2009
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Rift in the Sky (2009) is the third SF novel in the Stratification subseries of the Clan Chronicles, following Riders of the Storm. In the previous volume, Aryl fled Grona and the other Yena exiles went with her. They walked the mountain slopes, but Enris stayed on the flats.

They found an abandoned town in which the Sona Clan had dwelled. They also found the remains of the former residents. Apparently the Oud had tumbled the homes, destroyed the bridges, and diverted the water. Yet they did find stored food and supplies.

In this novel, Aryl Sarc is an Om'ray, the daughter of Taisal di Sarc. Aryl was the first to teleport through the M'hir darkness. Now she is Speaker for Sona. She recently Chose Enris and is pregnant with their first child.

Enris sud Sarc is an Om'ray. He is the Chosen of Aryl. He was an unChosen of Tauna, but joined the exiles from Yena. He is very proficient with M'hir skills.

Naryn S'udlaat is an Om'ray. She was a Choser of Tuana, but joined the exiles in Sona. She had Chosen Enris, but he rejected her. Now she is pregnant without a Chosen.

Yao Gethen is an Om'ray, the daughter of Oswa from Grona. Yao does not have the Talent to feel other Om'ray, except through the M'hir. The Sona Clan are worried that others will be born without the ability to sense their neighbors.

Oran di Caraat is an Om'ray from Grona. She is an Adept and Healer and the Choser of Bren sud Caraat. Their attempts to force Aryl to divulge the secrets of M'hir are the reason for the flight of the Yena exiles from Grona.

Marcus Bowman is a Human.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J. Mcfarland on August 9, 2009
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I finally got to read all the clan stories in order, Czerneda is one of the best,totally on par with Poul Anderson, Timothy Zahn and Alan Dean Foster. Even my Mom enjoys her books, especially the ones with "Mac"kenzie Elizabeth Wright O'Connor Sol.

I have to buy her books because I really enjoy reading them again and again, there are very few books you can say that about.

Reap the Wild Wind (Stratification #1)
Riders of the Storm: Stratification #2
Rift in the Sky: Stratification #3
A Thousand Words For Stranger (10th Anniversary Edition)
To Trade the Stars (Trade Pact Universe)
Ties of Power (Trade Pact Universe)
Survival: Species Imperative #1
Migration: Species Imperative #2
Regeneration: Species Imperative #3
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tghu Verd on August 10, 2014
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I really enjoyed Book 1, "Reap the Wild Wind" did not enjoy Book 2, "Riders of the Storm" as much, and really this was only OK.

Which was a shame but there was a lot of padding in the plot and situations across these three novels, and ultimately my view is that three books should have been two books. Especially when it came to the ending of this novel, which felt contrived rather than a natural outcome of events.

In particular, this is the "big reveal" that has been building from the first two novels - and you need to have read them for this one to make sense - because things are coming to a head for Aryl and her disaffected tribe. But when they do it was a massive disconnect for me. No spoilers, but it was in the order of "And then she woke up..." in terms of sophistication compared to what had gone before.

And I know this is a prequel to the "Trade Pact Universe" series but it leaves so much unanswered with regards why/how Cersi works, the Agreement, the M-hir and adds a lot more questions with the "ending" that I felt shortchanged. Sure, Czerneda possibly answers them elsewhere in the Trade Pact series, but having just read three novels for so little payoff I'm disinclined to bother.

Clearly, if you've read the previous two novels you should read this one. And Czerneda writes well so overall this prequel series is pretty good. It's just that having invested in such an interesting little universe, I did not think the conclusion was worthy of the build up.
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