By Chris Beckett
At the alien, sunless planet they name Eden, the 532 family members look after underneath the sunshine and heat of the Forest's lantern bushes. past the woodland lie the mountains of the Snowy darkish and a chilly so sour and an evening so profound that no guy has ever crossed it.
The Oldest one of the relatives recount legends of an international the place gentle got here from the sky, the place women and men made boats that may move the celebs. those ships introduced us the following, the Oldest say--and the kinfolk needs to merely watch for the tourists to return.
But younger John Redlantern will holiday the legislation of Eden, shatter the relatives and alter heritage. he'll abandon the previous methods, enterprise into the Dark...and observe the reality approximately their world.
Already remarkably acclaimed within the united kingdom, darkish Eden is technological know-how fiction as literature; half parable, half strong coming-of-age tale, set in a really unique alien international of darkish, sinister beauty--rendered in prose that's without delay strikingly basic and stunningly artistic.
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Henry watched through merciless eyes, fingering the scars on his face, as the French struggled forward. Their heavy mail and plate armor might defeat his archers’ arrows, but those same arrows forced the advancing French to close their helmet visors and keep their heads down lest the same thing happen to them as had happened to Henry and Percy at Shrewsbury. Visibility, as Henry knew from harsh personal experience, was hugely restricted under those circumstances, and just breathing through a visor’s airholes could become a tortuous ordeal, especially for someone fighting his way through knee-deep mud in the hot, sweaty prison of his armor.
Acquisition of less advanced but trainable species provided useful increases in the Empire’s labor force. A labor force which—thanks to the Constitution’s namby-pamby emphasis on members’ internal autonomy—could be kept properly in its place on any planet belonging to the Empire. And a labor force which was building the sinews of war the Empire would require on the day it told the rest of the Hegemony what it could do with all of its demeaning restrictions. That was one reason the Shongairi had been so secretly delighted when the more pacific members of the Council had decided that anyone as bloodthirsty as “humans” deserved whatever happened to them.
Dark Eden by Chris Beckett