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The Stockholm Syndrome was never this much fun
on March 31, 2000
To fully appreciate Sharon Green's Terrilian books (and herJalav series as well), it is necessary to look beyond mere eroticismor gender politics, and see the story of a person's struggle against forces determined to break her spirit, undermine her identity and control her life.
The Warrior Enchained continues the story of Terril, a powerful empath from an advanced civilization, who is torn from her prestigious job and high social standing, and sold into slavery on a primitive world by her Machiavellian government. She becomes the property of a ruthless barbarian chieftain, who is joined, in this book, by two defectors from Terril's society, one of whom is also an empath.
Terril has lost much of the innocence and insecurity she had in the first book, and is struggling to come to terms with the realization that her unique talents have isolated her from society and relationships, and that she is viewed by everyone as an object to be used. Throughout the story, various individuals try to possess her, generally through violence or coercion. Her resistance to their efforts defines her character.
The author makes interesting use of brainwashing imagery. Tammad is the ultimate cult leader, on a holy mission to unite the planet under his rule - totally self assured, charismatic, and supremely manipulative, he rules a band of followers who worship him and follow him unquestioningly. He isolates Terril, convincing her that she has no hope of rescue, and no one to turn to. He ensures that she has no privacy, and that she is subjected to continuous persuasion efforts by his followers. He regularly demonstrates his control over her and his contempt for her wishes, and he causes her considerable shame and self loathing in the process.
This is an enjoyable book, and I find you can discover new aspects to it if you reread it a few times.