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Thornley, Diann.

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ISBN 10: 0312858434 / ISBN 13: 9780312858438
Published by Tor., NY:, 1995
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Book 1 of The Saga of the Unified Worlds. This copy signed by Thornley on the title page. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 1861

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Publisher: Tor., NY:

Publication Date: 1995

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Hardcover edition

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An exciting multivolume saga of worlds at war in space opens in Ganwold's Child. The story starts with a child: Tristan Serege, son of Darcie and Lujan, the heroic leader of the Spherzah, the "special forces" of the Unified Worlds.
Darcie is taking Tristan to rejoin Lujan in the Enach system when the fierce masuki, nonhuman slavers, attack and capture their transport ship. Darcie escapes with Tristan in a lifepod and touches down on Ganwold, a primitive planet controlled by the Dominion, the long-time enemy of the Unified Worlds. But they have also accidentally jumped more than a year forward in time due to a malfunction in the space drive and cannot expect rescue, so Tristan must grow to young manhood in hiding among the alien ganan.
Tristan is barely eighteen when Darcie contracts a lingering, life-threatening illness. To help her, he and his gan "brother," Pulou, go on a quest to seek his father, Lujan. In one of the Dominion colonies, they are captured and turned over to the Sector General, Mordan Renier, who uses Tristan as a bargaining chip in an attempt to invade Sostis, the homeworld he lost years before in the war. General Lujan must combat Renier's impending attack, realizing he could lose the family he's just learned is still alive.

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In her first novel, which begins a series set among the Unified Worlds, Thornley melds diplomatic intrigue, anthropological speculation and military derring-do into an effective yarn. Pursued by political enemies and alien slavers, a mother and her son, Tristan, escape to the planet Ganwold, where the boy is raised among the humanoid natives. Later, when Tristan, now a young man, seeks help for his ailing mother, his quest leads him into the complexities of interplanetary politics and to the realization of his paternal heritage as a soldier and pilot. Thornley's elaborate plot is bolstered by vivid descriptions of unusually compelling characters?though a few succumb to generic stereotypes. And while the military episodes often prove exciting, it is with the quieter, more textured presentation of Ganwold culture that Thornley excels. She presents a richly imagined world that is truly alien while at the same time still understandable. (
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