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The Forlorn (1999)

by Dave Freer

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The cover baffles me. What's inside is a coming of age story featuring hive-dwelling aliens, perilous treks, intrigue, betrayal and sacrifice, and a small amount of romance. ( )
  SunnySD | Nov 30, 2013 |
This is Dave Freer's first novel, and a pretty good one.

You get a little of the planetary romance flavour with swords and what seems like ancient superscience. And yes, there is of course a space princess. Humans have been toasted by the alien Morkth, except on one colony world. Here, we have a technological regression for both parties, the human colonists and the alien oppressors.

Both have small pockets of technology that seems amazing to most of the rest, centred on their ships and hives.

The wrinkle is some humans have psionic talents - and these abilities allow the powering of matter transmitters and other amazing technology, as long as conditions are right.

So the aliens and the captain of the original human ship plot to their own ends to be able to get back into space. With the princess and young survivor in the middle of swords, spears, the desert and alien breeding programmes. Not to mention the political conflicts between empires of the humans, including father of said princess.

I rather enjoyed this.

3.5 out of 5

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http://freesf.strandedinoz.com/wordpress/2011/03/the-forlorn-dave-freer/ ( )
  BlueTysonSS | Mar 14, 2011 |
On a distant planet almost overrun by hostile, bug-like aliens, one small group of heroes struggles to find the missing pieces of a core drive for an ancient colonizing ship in an effort to save the world. Treachery, intrigue, adventure and death - and that's just the first chapter!

A Baen Free e-book available at http://www.webscription.net/10.1125/Baen/0671578316/0671578316.htm. ( )
  SunnySD | Dec 8, 2010 |
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