[(Beholder's Eye)] [by: Julie E. Czerneda]
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Beholder's Eye They are the last survivors of their race beings who live on and communicate through energy, who are capable of assuming the shape of any other species. When their youngest member is assigned to a world considered safe to explore, she is captured by the natives. To escape, she must violate the most important rule of her kind, and reveal the existence of her species to a fellow prisoner--a human be Full description
Top Customer Reviews
Interestingly, there are no male shapeshifters and this subtly colours the nature and motives of the individual members of the gestalt.
Despite it being well-written and compulsive reading it is flawed by Czerneda’s tendency to create ‘Star Trek’ aliens since the majority of them are humanoid and/or originate on Earth type planets.
We seldom get full descriptions of the alien races and so it is sometimes difficult to visualise what sort of alien our hero Esen has morphed into.
There are some interesting creations such as The Hive World society and the Ganthor, but even these are lessened by other societies such as the Kraosians and the Articans which are stereotypical Star Trek races.
The process of ‘cycling’ is beautifully thought through as is the concept of the ‘Web’ (as the gestalt calls itself) which considers itself to be a memory based depository for the races and cultures of the galaxy, many of whom have been wiped out (often by themselves).
Esen, although the youngest of the gestalt, is around five hundred years old, but is a child in terms of her own race. She is forced to grow up very quickly by both the fact of an Enemy who wishes to destroy all her kind and the discovery of a hidden truth regarding the nature of her own species, while all the time entering into a slowly deepening relationship with Paul Ragem, the human whose life she saves at the start of the novel.Read more ›
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This is the first (and the best) in Julie E. Czerneda's 'Web Shifters' trilogy. Esen is the youngest of her kind, a web consisting of only six of these shape shifters in the known... Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2005 by Amazon Customer
BEHOLDER'S EYE is a compelling story that zips along with interesting, likable, alien characters in desperate situations--what more could you want from SF? Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 1999
This is one of those books that will keep you up all night -- telling yourself, "I'll just read one more chapter and then I swear I'll go to bed. Read morePublished on 30 Dec. 1998