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Product Details

  • Series: Okal Rel Saga (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Hades Publications; 1 edition (June 20, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894063066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894063067
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,745,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Gelion and Rire, two rival empires, stand on the brink of war in Throne Price, a stand-alone SF novel that reads like a sequel, by Canadian authors Lynda Williams and Alison Sinclair. Readers who persist through the confusing verbiage at the opening will find a decent, if not particularly memorable, yarn.
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Book Description

Benjamin Franklin Award FINALIST 2004

More About the Author

Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel Saga, a ten-novel series on an epic scale featuring cultures based around bio-engineered extremes of character from the over-sexed Vrellish to the soulful and artistic Golden Demish. Her background includes studying Latin, working in education in a half-dozen roles, and teaching applied computing.

"All my life," Lynda explains her eclectic education and life experience, "I had questions that no single discipline could answer without help from others."

Fully-realized characters living the drama and humor of culture clash are the hallmark of the Okal Rel experience: dramatizing questions about what it means to be human.

Additional works set in the Okal Rel Universe, by Lynda and others working with her, bring the count for discrete works to more than 20 titles. Starting in 2013, additional works and interpretations of the stories will start rolling out from Reality Skimming Press. And an open enrollment course, Okal Rel 101, is anticipated from Instructure Canvas Network, in collaboration with academics and artists of many varieties. Interdisciplinarity rocks. Get involved.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
Collaboratively co-written by Lynda Williams and Alison Sinclair, Throne Price is an impressively presented science fiction saga of conflict and tension between a hierarchical empire of genetically modified humans and a republic that embraces computer technology. Rivalry for the empire's throne threatens war and bloodshed, and tests the worth of one man who has tried to delicately balance political forces for eighteen years. An exhilarating and enjoyable read, Throne Price is enthusiastically recommended reading for dedicated and discerning science fiction fans.
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(Caveat: I met one of the authors and write a review at her request. The opinions are very much my own, however.)
Fiction, to me, let's us do what we try and do with life - take apart reality and put it back together again to ask "why not THIS way". If it's good fiction, the re-formed reality works. This book, "Throne Price" is good fiction.
"Throne Price" (not 'Thorn Prince' as the title graphic looks like) by Lynda Williams and Alison Sinclair. Book 4 (1st published however) of a projected 10 book series.
A vivid world as complex, ugly, and promising as our own with characters I knew right away, and many I wish I could know here and now a lot better. (and a few I would never want to meet without a few decks of armor plating between us.) These are characters, and a world, I look forward to visiting. This book is a 'stoplight' book for me (carried in my car, so I can read a line or two whenEVER I get a chance.
What is it like, reading Book Four first?
Think of being tossed to live in, say, Paris. It would take a while to get to know the way of it, but from the first, you would know you are in an ancient place that would still be there in a thousand years... with some things barely changing. It would fascinate, attract, confuse, and reward you. Welcome to the world of Okal-Rel
Let the large cast and complex politics wash over you, enjoy the imagery and language, and don't fret remembering all the details. Save that for the second reading.
As with Stephan R. Donaldson's 'Thomas Covenant' series, Frank Herbert's "Dune" and Terry Goodkind's "Sword of Truth' series, the main character is not my favorite and even share an uncomfortable habit of being put to pain... a lot of pain.
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By Marie Jakober on May 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most original and fascinating works of fantasy I have ever read. I agree with earlier readers that it offers some marvellous world-building, and a genuine page-turner of a plot, especially in the latter half of the book. However, what lifted it above its peers, for me, was its superb characterization, and its insights into the personalities and emotions of those who, while still young, have endured violence and degradation at the hands of their natural protectors (ie. parents and others in positions of power or authority.)
This is a difficult subject to handle well in fiction. Many novels sensationalize or even romanticize this kind of personal cruelty, bleeding it for its shock value while pretending it has no real, lasting effects. Others recognize the ugliness of it, but in doing so, create a victim who is always a victim and never a hero. Sinclair and Williams walk a very thin line between these two potential pitfalls, and they walk it flawlessly. We see Ev'rel as a comprehensible human being, a woman with her own tragic past, yet NEVER FOR A MOMENT do we lose sight of how evil and unforgivable her actions are. In the character of Amel, the authors walk an even finer line, capturing with bitter poignancy the very real scars he carries, yet fashioning, in spite of this damage (NOT because of it) a gutsy and exceptionally likable character. As he fights to rebuild his identity, and to stay alive in an increasingly dangerous world, he becomes one of those unforgettable fictional heroes whom we really, desperately hope will make it.
I have one small caution, however. The society of Gelion is hightly ritualistic and structured, and there are coined words and terms for many unfamiliar things, places, relationships, and behaviors. Some readers will find this manageable and even fun. Others, like myself, might find it hard to keep track of at first. To those readers I would say: "Hang in there. Read on. You will be wonderfully rewarded!"
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Throne Price is a rich tapestry of sci-fi fantasy that can seem almost impenetrable to the unprepared reader. The authors, Lynda Williams and Alison Sinclair, have created a complex future universe over many years of collaboration. This is their first published work and, if you can get past the wall of convoluted future feudalism that you run into when you open the book, you will be richly rewarded. It is a book, and will be a series, that will attract a cult following. One can imagine it becoming a favorite of the Society of Creative Anachronism. It is rich in a culture that reminds me more than a little of the Keltiad novels of Patricia Kennealy, Jim Morrison's widow. It is a future where societies have returned to a kind of feudalism in which geneology matters more than anything else. The complex social orders, the multitude of strange laws and customs, make the book difficult to enter. After the first few chapters however, the reader's learning curve slows to a shallow enough grade to begin to appreciate the plot and the rich characters.
The author's attention to detail is astounding. This is a carefully written (perhaps a little too carefully at times) and ultimately entertaining book.
Throne Price is worth the work and future novels in the series will be the reader's payoff.
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