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Summary

Tanith Lee's highly imaginative story takes place in a world where everything is not what it seems. Set on the brink of war, the story's main character, Frances, an alien in fear for her life, tries to make her escape before an enemy invasion. We embark on her adventure with Laitel, her lover and servant of Lohno, a fugitive of sorts whose philosophy of life has left him alone and in hiding.
Executive Producer: Dan Zitt
©1999 by Interzone
(P)2001 Random House, Inc.

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  • 14-01-17

A pleasant listen from a great writter

Because this is a shorter work, I don't want to detail too much beyond what the description has already said for fear of ruining it for some people. We join Francis, a journalist, as as she is visiting Lohno for an extended series of interview about his life's work. The area is about to be overrun by an invading army and the action proceeds from there as she and Lohno's servant flee.

The settings are vivid. Francis is an interesting narrator. There's a lot to like here and nothing really to complain about.

I've been a fan of Tanith Lee since 1980 or thereabouts. She is a prolific writer and her books span the spectrum from great to poor. This story is good, maybe very good, but far from her best. I've still listened to it multiple times and I still find in interesting. For the price, give it a shot.