The Hienama is different from the new Wraeththu Histories, but has the original element that is always so satisfying about Storm Constantine's books. As the advertising claims, it's not about larger politics or cosmic events, but about ordinary hara. Only, this has the maturity of the new Histories, with the personal voice that was so alluring about the first trilogy.
Wraeththu is gripping because admist the new evolution into hermaphrodites, in its unique blend of science fiction merging into fantasy, it is at heart about enlightenment. In the middle of politics and war and "greater events," it has always been about rising about the petty concerns and finding spiritual awareness and understanding. The Histories do not lose sight of this, and The Hienama, the story of late-incepted har Jassenah har Suhl whose life in a smalll community in Alba Suhl, brings 'slice of life' to a transcendant level. The characters are beautifully mapped out, their relations with each other are developed and complicated.
The book itself is a joy - the scrolls and illustrations, reminiscent of Art Nouveau, are beautiful.
I was wary at first - novella? common hara? no Cal? but now I'm avidly waiting Storm Constantine's future Wraeththu novellas.