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Born in Ohio, 1944. Moved to San Francisco Bay Area in 1962 and has lived there ever since. Katharine Kerr has read extensively in the fields of classical archaeology, and medieval and Dark Ages history and literature, and these influences are clear in her work. Her epic Deverry series has won widespread praise and millions of fans around the world.


On an inhospitable desert planet colonized by humans, three distinct groups attempt to coexist: those who follow the teachings of the Third Prophet, the mounted nomadic tribes of the purple grasslands, and the sentient lizards known as the Cha'Meech. When a group of Islamic believers who oppose the tyranny of their current rulers travel in search of a leader who can bring them justice, they find their destinies caught up with a Spirit Rider of the grasslands, a Cha'Meech seeking new ideas, and a "sorcerer" obsessed with discovering a way to travel to the stars once again. The author of the popular "Deverry" series turns to the cultures of the Middle East for her latest tale set in the far future. Compelling male and female characters and a thoughtful premise make this epic adventure a strong addition to most sf collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Katharine Kerr: 'Kerr is a master of her trade... She has created a world that might very well go on for ever, and this one reader sincerely hopes it does' Vector 'One of the top fantasists of her generation' Interzone 'An unusually scholarly writer of fantasy.' Telegraph 'Much as I dislike comparing anything to The Lord of the Rings, I have to admit that on this occasion it's justified.' Interzone

Popular fantasy author Kerr (the Deverry series) once again crosses genres to deliver a large-scale SF adventure, with crowd-pleasing results. Three very different groups of human settlers go, not all willingly, to the planet Snare: a band of Islamic fundamentalists, a group of horse tribes and the pragmatic Cantons people. All descend on Snare's indigenous reptilian species the ChaMeech, and eight centuries of territorial and social turmoil follow. In Kazrajistan, the despotic Gemet Great Kahn rules the followers of the Third Prophet, but a secret rebel organization led by Captain Idres Warkannan seeks to restore the rightful heir, Jezro Kahn, long assumed murdered by Gemet. Warkannan sets out to find Jezro with his nephew Arkazo and Yarl Soutan, a renegade Cantons sorcerer, who claims to be searching for the lost Ark of the Covenant, the settlers' original ship. Meanwhile, suspicious of Soutan and Warkannan, Gemet sends Zahir Benumar, one of his elite warriors, to discover their plans. In the guise of a disgraced soldier, Zahir joins a horse tribe led by the inquisitive Spirit Rider Ammadin, hoping to use the tribe as cover while he follows Soutan's trail. Matters grow more complicated when a ChaMeech named Water Woman asks Ammadin's help and tells her of a powerful sorceress named Sibyl, who may be the last link between Snare's inhabitants and their distant past. Though the ending falls a little flat, Kerr masterfully manipulates the converging plot lines. (Apr. 23) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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