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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Paizo Publishing, LLC. (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601251386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601251381
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,686,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Russell Clothier on April 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
To read Leigh Brackett is to return to a simpler era of science fiction - and I say that with all respect and affection. Brackett was a prolific writer for science fiction pulp magazines in the 40's and 50's, especially for "Planet Stories," which promised "Strange Adventures on Other Worlds." Though written later, Brackett's Skaith series lives up to that motto. It is a straightforward adventure story: a man on a quest traversing an alien world, encountering strange foes, making allies, fighting to survive. There's no post-modern psychological baggage, no mind-blowing quantum technology, just clean, simple story-telling.

The Skaith books follows the exploits of Eric John Stark, "the Dark Man" - a character Brackett used in several short stories in the pulp era - as he tries to rescue his foster-father, Simon Ashton, who has been taken captive on the backwater world of Skaith. Stark is a great pulp hero, a man raised by semi-human natives on Mercury, who has learned to cover his animal instincts with a veneer of civilization. He is smart, strong, and without fear, and when he needs to fight - which is often - he unleashes the savage within.

Skaith is an old world orbiting a dying sun, growing ever colder. The encroaching cold has reduced a once-technological society to a medieval state, ruled by the Wandsmen. When starships arrive, the inhabitants of Skaith discover for the first time that they are not alone in the universe, and some dream of leaving. This threatens the Wandsmen's power, however, so they abduct the off-world representative, Ashton, which draws in Stark and sets powerful events in motion.

Reavers is the third book in Brackett's Skaith trilogy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jay on May 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
As with the previous entries in this series, Leigh Brackett does not cheat her many enthusiastic readers. The final showdown between the Dark Man, Eric John Stark, and the rulers of Skaith comes about in this rousing volume. By turns dark, violent, and spellbinding, The Reavers of Skaith is a triumph of the imagination that brings the chronicles of the world of Skaith to their end. Brackett's roots in both pulp science fiction and pulp noir mystery are on display as she takes us on a trip with Stark and his allies across a dying world to save its inhabitants from certain doom. Unlike others in its genre though, the series ends on a bittersweet note very palpable to the reader. It is a fitting conclusion to Brackett's trilogy, her writing career, and sadly her own life. Thank you for writing these books, Ms Brackett. I will treasure them always even as I laud you for the ingenius work you gave us in your career.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gilles Benson on February 3, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this is the third and last book in the Skaith serie and Leigh Brackett last book; so, it is a very sad story but a beautiful one set in one of the most interesting imaginary world sci fi has ever dreamt of. On a planet circling a dying star people desperately try to escape an incoming doom; a fascinating novel...
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