cover image This Gulf of Time and Stars: Reunification, Book 1

This Gulf of Time and Stars: Reunification, Book 1

Julie E. Czerneda. DAW, $25.95 (464p) ISBN 978-0-7564-0869-5

Czerneda (A Play of Shadow) returns to the universe of her Clan Chronicles series with this satisfying paranormal space opera. Sira di Sarc, the most powerful member of the superpowered alien race called the Clan, defied her people to marry telepathic human Jason Morgan. Now the tentative peace between the Clan and the spacefaring members of the multi-species Trade Pact is threatened by intrigue and outright murder. Rumors of a Clan assassin and the existence of a secret Clan colony have a Trade cabal plotting against Sira and her people. Meanwhile, schisms within the Clan have Sira struggling to unite her people, as well as to protect herself and her husband. Saving the Clan and restoring peace will require surviving attacks from all sides, healing old wounds, and possibly even rediscovering the Clan's original homeworld, a secret forgotten generations ago. Czerneda excels at creating sympathetic characters and building intricate and fascinating worlds. Fans who have missed her Clan Chronicles will welcome this revival of a setting that still has much to offer. (Nov.)