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Zahn's first few novels were competent but pretty standard fare involving physically enhanced (the "Cobra" series) or chemically enhanced (the "Blackcollar" series) human warriors fighting stereotypical evil aliens. But about 20 years ago he started to branch out with much more imaginative and original works and "Triplet" was one of the first of these, and perhaps the best of his early work.
The story is set on an extraordinary group of linked planets: at the start of the novel there are believed to be three of them, hence the name "Triplet". When humans first arive at Triplet, they find a derelict planet, apparently once occupied by a humanoid race who blasted themselves to extinction in a nuclear war. But on that planet is a tunnel to another world, "Shamsheer" where high technology follows Clarke's law, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." And from Shamsheer there is a second tunnel which leads to the world "Karyx", where there really is magic, complete with Demogorgons, Demons, and sprites etc.
The hero and heroine of the story, Danae and Ravagin are well drawn characters. Danae Panya, or to give her real name, Danae mal ce Taeger, is the talented but spoilt and headstrong daughter of one of the richest and most powerful men in the Universe.Read more ›
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The story is about a woman, Danae, who is the daughter of a fabulously rich father, whom she resents deeply. She decides that the only way she is going to get away from his over-protectiveness is by traveling to the Triplet worlds, ostensibly for study, but in reality to put as much distance between Daddy and his meddling ways. And so she meets up with Ravagin, one of the professional guides whose job it is to take people into the Triplet worlds and get them back out safely.
Now when I say "Triplet Worlds" the reality is that other than the world where they depart, there are only two worlds. The first is a high tech world where no one knows that they are using high-tech; it has a medieval feel without the bad points. Think of a future SCA feudal society and you approach the flavor of the world of Shamsheer. The "third world" in this trio of worlds is so very different from the first and second that one wonders if Triplet should have been considered fantasy instead of SF. Karyx has no technology to speak of; everything is done by invoking spirits--that's right, by summoning lars and peris and elementals and demons and even demogorgons if you are foolhardy enough. Each world is connected by a portal. EAch world displays the same starry sky above as far as they can tell, and causes endless debate of the nature of the portals that take the traveler from one world to the next. Oh, and both worlds are filled with people. Normal flesh-and-blood human beings as far as we can tell.Read more ›
Unfortunately, the full potential of the concept is never played out, and the story only goes downhill from there. The main character, Danae, is fleeing from her pampered life as the daughter of some mega-wealthy man of influence, and her childish whining and petulant behavior (not to mention that she never calls her father anything but Daddy Dearest. Ew) definitely fit in with the spoiled brat stereotype.
Ravagin, her guide, is old enough to be her father, resents being assigned to her, and seemingly can't stand a word that comes out of her mouth, not to mention being made a subject in her psychology study, so it's interesting and a little gross when they very randomly seem to fall into bed with each other 2/3 of the way through the book and suddenly saving Danae is the only thought that can spur him to murder one of their enemies. There is no character development, no real development of a relationship... where did that COME from?Read more ›
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I'm steadily working my way through every Timothy Zahn book and have loved every one. If you like any of Zahn's books, then you will like/love all of them. Read morePublished 10 months ago by madmanmccain
a favorite author but probably the weakest of the half dozen books I've read by zahn. 2 or 3 parts are written as if to just get the author out of a dead end. Read morePublished 13 months ago by william lowrey
Despite my 3-star rating, this book is actually pretty enjoyable to read. It's sort of a hybrid sci-fi/fantasy with space travel and aliens and interplanetary adventure, and then... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Robert M.
One of Zahn's earlier books; all the talent in storytelling evident... I enjoyed this, but love his detailed, complex books that came later. A Zahn book will never disappoint.Published 18 months ago by September's daughter
My boyfriend lent me his copy of this book, thinking that it would help give me a better understanding of the world of scifi and fantasy novels before diving into crafting my own. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sarah
Triplet is a unique book that does not easily fall into standard categories. It is part science fiction and part fantasy mixed together. Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by Mark L
I chose this book because I enjoyed his Thrawn Trilogy followup to Star Wars years ago. I've been away from science fiction for too long and decided to pick up another book from an... Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by Dan Cale
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