This is book five of the Corean Chronicles. The origins of Corus's problems are further exposed in this book. Book four focused on the Alector's point of view. This book presents more of the Cadmian officer, Majer Mykel's viewpoint.
Point of view may be somewhat simplistic. This volume shows some of the origins of the problems faced by Alucius, the main protagonist, in the first three books. This book is set several thousand years before the first three books.
Dainyl, of the ruling class, is forced to enhance his own talent and to reassess his feelings on steers. Mykel, the steer discovers he is not one of the herd. His latent talent continues to grow after one of the native Soarers points it out to him. Talented refers to the ability to manipulate time, energy or matter.
Modesitt has the ability to take contrary points of view from book to book in the same series. I find that quite thought provoking. He deals with arrogance and prejudice in an inoffensive manner but still provokes the questions of human motivation. The failure of life on a distant planet underlines the motivation of perceived villainy. The husbanding of resources and the care of the environment is subtly promoted by Modesitt's work.
I am an admitted admirer of Modesitt's style and work. There is a common thread of honor and responsibility through his work. His characters struggle to maintain their core identities and to remain truly humble in spite of increasing power.
I highly recommend.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.