Second installment of the new science fiction trilogy by Aurora Award-winning Julie E. Czerneda, author of the Clan Chronicles.
After having been betrayed, the surviving members of the Clan fled the Trade Pact for Cersi, a world they believe to be their long-lost home. They are accompanied by a lone alien, the human Jason Morgan, the Chosen of their leader, Sira di Sarc. When Cersi proves deadly, they are forced to flee again, this time in a starship mysteriously powered by the M’hir, heading on a course the Clan didn’t set. They land on Brightfall, which seems to be the answer to their hopes: a world full of their kind, and a world, moreover, of peace and advanced technology. Although Morgan makes the inhabitants uneasy, they embrace Sira and her people. But Brightfall is a world with a secret. Buried beneath its surface, quiescent and almost forgotten, is the planet-spanning capital of the Hoveny Concentrix — a city and technology that’s been waiting for the return of those sent to Cersi. A city ready to wake.
Julie E. Czerneda (born 1955) is a Canadian science fiction and fantasy author. She has written several science fiction novels, including the Prix Aurora winner In the Company of Others, a number of short stories. She has also edited several anthologies.
Julie E. Czerneda has won several of Canada's prestigious Aurora Awards, was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, and made the Nebula preliminary nomination list with her second novel.