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- Publisher: Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust (December 27, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 27, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HK6I6NK
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Fair" (Baen, 1998). It explains how it came to be written and what the
backstory is. For the purposes of this review, we can just accept that
something drastic has happened to civilization as we know it and that this
has also left some humans, horses, and large felines telepathic.
Earth's population has broken into a mixed feudal and clan-based society.
The three groups this story focuses on are: something like a medieval
village with a 'king' ruling it, backed by mercenaries; the Rom, who are
gypsies who have reclaimed their traditional lives; and the Horse Clans,
not clearly defined in this story but possessed of telepathy.
The three meet when the Rom come to trade with the villagers at a moment
when the heir to the 'throne' gets tired of waiting. One of the Horse
Clans comes to trade or steal and a general donnybrook ensues. The human
Rom are wiped out, all but one young woman who is mute but has strong mind
powers that let her work with the Rom's telepathic horses. A young member
of the Horse Clan is killed along with her feline partner and her twin
brother is severely beaten along with his feline partner. The village
Mayor tries to object to the carnage and he is severely beaten and exiled
with his wife and child, along with a telepathic horse he has bartered for
with the Rom.
Given this unpromising situation, the three sets of survivors agree that
an enemy of their enemy is their friend.
It would be interesting to know whether the idea for this story came before or after Oathsworn. But for all the similarities it's a good story to while away the time.