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Jaran (The Jaran, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – September 3, 2002
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Romance and intrigue mark this debut as a young woman threads her way through a maze of interstellar politics with humanity's freedom at stake.
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About the Author
Kate Elliott’s credits include the Nebula finalist novel, King’s Dragon, its sequels, Prince of Dogs, The Burning Stone, Child of Flame, and The Gathering Storm; her groundbreaking DAW science fiction series, The Novels of Jaran—Jaran, An Earthly Crown, His Conquering Sword, and The Law of Becoming; and her magnificent fantasy collaboration with Melanie Rawn and Jennifer Roberson, The Golden Key. She now lives in Hawaii with her husband, three children, and a dog. She can be found at kateelliott.com.
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Kate Elliot is one of the best world builders there is. Her worlds are full, diverse, unique, rich in detail, entirely believable. The characters are fully fleshed, 3 dimensional and the interaction between them so well done. A truly talented writer, a privilege to read. Thank you, Ms. Elliott.
Her writing style calls to mind Robert Heinlein, Melanie Rawn, L. M. Bujold, Mercedes Lackey and Marion Zimmer Bradley...among others.
Her Crossroads books, while very much unlike the Jaran, are as well written.
There are NOT a bewildering different points of few from a wide variety of characters--something I dislike. 3-4 points of view in a long story is about my max. Proof reading & editing is better than most self published writers. (Another pet peeve of mine is sloppy proof reading and poor editing.) I write reviews for only 4-5* & 1* only. If I could, I'd rate this at 4 & 1/2*. The story is a combination adventure, mystery, romance, set in the future, on a different planet. Ergo, Elliott crosses several genres. Buy the book & enjoy the entertainment she provides.
This is just such a fantastic book. It's incredibly refreshing to read SF based in a culture where the traditional roles of men and women are NOT the same as those of our world -- and to have them so exquisitely built and meticulously crafted that they don't feel stilted or patched together. It's like living in the city your whole life and then taking your first breath of country air -- and realizing how stifled you've been your whole life. My only regret is that it ended!
The characters are just lovely, the story caught me and kept me enraptured, but through it all the worldbuilding is what really shone through. Galaxybuilding, really -- there are three cultures being dealt with, and it's awfully interesting to have Humans be the least of the three. Hah!
This is a book I've returned to more than once since first reading it, and it never fails to settle me and really immerse me in a world like and yet so very unlike our own.