In Skaith, Leigh Brackett created one of the most memorable fictional worlds in science-fiction history. With The Ginger Star, the first book in the series, she introduced a world stymied in its technological advancement by the cooling of its sun where Eric John Stark, previously an adventurer on Mars and Venus, goes to find his foster father, Simon Ashton. Here, Brackett continues Stark's adventures as he fights the communistic Lords Protectors, whose desire for power has led them to condemn all the people on Skaith to death as the planet's star slowly loses its ability to provide the warmth and light necessary for life. The milieu is similar to the Dying Earth of William Hope Hodgson, Clark Ashton Smith, Jack Vance, Gene Wolfe, and others, despite the difference in the planet serving as its setting. As befits such a tale, the narrative is terse and bleak. Surprisingly the characters are well developed and strongly fleshed out, making us sympathize with them in the harshness they face while defying Fate. Even the titular Hounds come across as believable and sympathetic. At the same time, Skaith itself is a character in the stories, serving variously as antagonist and benefactor while Stark and his allies battle to save the remnants of a once-great civilization from becoming extinct. Of course the tale of Skaith is too broad for two novels to be able to chronicle it all, and this leaves us breathlessly awaiting Leigh Brackett's final vision of her guttering world.