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Festival Moon (Merovingen Nights, No. 1) Mass Market Paperback – April 7, 1987
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Staring with Angel with a Sword, you get your introduction to the space/medieval world of Merovin, though the whole series takes place in one city, Merovingen. It is a Venice-like city of canals and corruption both, with Borgia like clans plotting against each other.
Medeival/space worlds are fun, and there is no world builder like Cherryth. The mix in this world is due to a human colony being bombed back to, if not the stone age, to barely industrial civilization after the planet must by treaty be handed over to the alien sharrh. Who don't do anything else (up to now) and leave the survivors to fragment and interestingly enough, decide that if they don't develop technology they will be left alone.
That may be true or not, but one of the most amusing parts to me is the religions that spring up over the whole issues of 1) how do we explain what happened and why we are here 2) how to control the masses. It is an analogy not difficult to draw back to Earth and provide a good spoof on the whole organized religion wagon. The only exception in the religious main triad of adventist, revantist, and janist, is that the janists (followers of jane morgoth) wish to bring BACK technology, though out of caution to do so subtly.
No relationships in the book are simple, with tension and confusion being entertainments standards with Cherryth and a guarentee of fun reading for other bookaholics, I mean, highly motivated readers. Well perhaps the attraction that Altair Jones has in the beginning for Tom Mondrogan is the only easily understandable one. Street girl of seventeen, tough and hard shelled, but long overdue in a medeival society for a 'intimate relationship' when tossed nearly into her canal boat is handsome, mysterious, Tom Mondragon. But the scrapes and plots they get into are anything but simple, and the book will keep you turning pages.
I also have to say that the anthology is so well done, and so well edited, that I am not really cognizant while reading of the fact that I am switching authors as I go. This was far MORE apparent in the Thieve's World anthology, so if you were put off there, you may enter the Merovingen world without fear. END