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Voyage to Eneh (Seas of Kilmoyn) Hardcover – 1 Mar 2000

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312872313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312872311
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,396,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Voyage to Eneh" was published in 2000, and was intended to be the first book in a trilogy called the "Seas of Kilmoyn."

I gather that the second book in the trilogy was due to be called "Fortress on the Hask" and at least some of that book has been written (author Roland Green read a passage from it at a SF convention earlier this year.

I don't think this works all that well as a stand-alone book. We have been waiting fourteen years for the rest of the trilogy and I hope that this will eventually appear but it doesn't seem to be going all that quickly.

The idea for the series, which seemed quite promising to me, is that a human starship had been stranded on a distant planet (Kilmoyn) about sixty years before the start of the series. Kilmoyn has a native intelligent species who have a level of technology something similar to where Earth was in the 19th century.

As the native Kilmoyn nations had not completed their exploration of the planet, the humans decided to conceal all their higher technology, pretend to be native to Kilmoyn, and earn a living as traders and mercenaries.

At the start of this book, some of the Kilmoyn nations are about to lock horns. The forthcoming war presents both threats and opportunities for the humans ...

It starts a bit slowly, but by the middle of the book the story was beginning to get quite exciting.

Unfortunately the book ends at a stage which leaves the story hanging. It would make a reasonable break point if the rest of the trilogy is ever published: it left me wanting to read the next book. An excellent thing if Roland Green is ever able to get "Fortress on the Hask" and the final book completed and published.

I have never been able to discover the cause of the delay, but I think it is a shame because it had the potential to be very good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Voyage to Eneh 19 Mar. 2000
By Sheldon Brown - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is touted as "A thrilling novel of military science fiction." It is set on a distant planet where the furry humanoid inhabitants have technology roughly equivalent to the late 19th century on Earth: steamships, telegraph, gatling guns, railroads, etc. A disabled starship from Earth was stranded on Kilmoyn 60 years ago, with some 10,000 humans (mostly as frozen embryos.) The Earth folk keep their superior technology secret, and have formed an alliance with an island republic that has a strong seafaring tradition.
The book is clearly intended as the first of a series. It starts rather slowly, with a lot of exposition. This is a necessary evil, not only to introduce the main characters, but also the complicated politics of Kilmoyn.
Once past the first half, the pace picks up, and it is a generally good read. I'll certainly be keeping my eyes peeled for the sequels.
Tor Books could have done a better job. The proofreading is very rough...can't remember a book with so many typos. It could really use some maps as well. It does have a handy glossary and "dramatis personae" list.
1.0 out of 5 stars muddle of politics is right 7 Jan. 2011
By Matt Hoglund - Published on
Format: Hardcover
When I read in the description that this book was about the 'muddle of politics' on Eneh, I had no idea how literally true this was going to be. The multitude of factions were never clearly explained, and there are so many of them I found myself constantly asking who the hell THESE people now were. It didn't help any that the author continually referred to them by varying names. Imperials, Empire, Republic, Kertovans (which is also one of the races) all seemed to indicate the same side I believe. Why they're on a mission to do whatever it is they're trying to do isn't really clear, and why anyone is trying to stop them also isn't clear.

The battles that took place were usually between groups where I did not know why or what either side was quite fighting for and so ended up being kind of meaningless to me. Not only this, the combat sequences themselves were so poorly described I had difficulty visualizing how any battle was going. Who was winning, their battlefield positions, etc.

All in all this book was just a complete waste of time. I only finished it because I'm OCD enough to have to always finish books that I start, even if they're as bad as this one was.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Eneh 17 Jan. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have having a hard time getting through the first half. I have actually laid the book down and read a tome on Spartan history if that is a clue as to how this story holds the reader's interest. The first chapters are confusing to me (and I have read 1000s of SF, fantasy, military history, world history books) and this has to rank in the top 10 confusing start for a story. Since I was 6 years old I have only laid one book permanently down and suspected it was bound incorrectly, but this is close to being number two.
What is going on is question in the first half of the book. I am online writing this because I suspected (wrongly) that there was a first novel about the setting I must have missed.
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