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An exceptional, enriching and engaging read.
on 14 November 2001
This book is quite simply one of the finest I have ever read. Julian May is either a polymath, connected to an extremely wide and learned band of researchers, or is uncommonly artful at bluffing on a wide range of diverse subjects. I can disregard the latter as she shows such careful consistency throughout all the books of this series, and neither of the other alternatives diminish the almost perfect story she presents to us. Even from the start of "The Saga of the Exiles" May demands a familiarity with her world which we do not initially have the tools or information to comprehend. The keys to unlocking this world are contained on each subsequent page and reinforce its credibility, yet at the same time producing a sense of disorientation which some readers may find distracting. If you trust May she will take you on an incredible journey from the deepest core of one of her beautifully crafted characters, to the furthest most limit of our universe and beyond. This book is a bridge between "The Saga of the Exiles" and "The Galactic Mileu Trilogy" but is also magnificent in its own right. If you have the stamina to visit an Eden within literature then read the whole series. If you have other gardens to tend then take take a break and visit this one. Don't be put off if the fauna looks unfamiliar as it may just come from another world.