This Gulf Of Time And Stars: Reunification #1 by Julie E. CzernedaThis Gulf Of Time And Stars: Reunification #1 by Julie E. Czerneda

This Gulf Of Time And Stars: Reunification #1

byJulie E. Czerneda

Mass Market Paperback | September 6, 2016

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The first book in bestselling author Julie E. Czerneda's hard science fiction Reunification trilogy, the thrilling conclusion to the award-winning Clan Chronicles

To save their world, the most powerful of the Om’ray left their homes. They left behind all memory of their past. Calling themselves the Clan, they settled among Humanity, hiding in plain sight, using their ability to slip past normal space to travel where they wished, using their ability to control minds to ensure their place and security.

They are no longer hidden.

For the Clan face a crisis. Their reproduction is tied to individual power, and their latest generation of females, Choosers, are too strong to safely mate. Their attempt to force others to help failed until Sira di Sarc, their leader and the most powerful of their kind, successfully Joined with a human, Jason Morgan, starship captain and telepath. With Morgan, Sira forged the first peace between her kind and the Trade Pact.

But it is a peace about to shatter. Those the Clan have controlled all these years will rise against them. Her people dying around her, war about to consume the Trade Pact, Sira will be left with only one choice. She must find the way back. And take the Clan home.
For twenty years, Canadian author/ former biologist Julie E. Czerneda has shared her curiosity about living things through her science fiction, published by DAW Books, NY. With seventeen (and counting) novels and numerous short stories in print, she’s also written acclaimed fantasy. Her Night’s Edge series (DAW) began with A Turn of Li...
Title:This Gulf Of Time And Stars: Reunification #1Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 6.81 × 4.25 × 1.31 inPublished:September 6, 2016Publisher:DawLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A blend of hard science fiction and interstellar space opera, with a solid basis in biology This Gulf of Time and Stars advances both the story and the Clan’s situation, introducing us to an era where they have been secretly invited into the Trade Pact, and then just as secretly exposed, adding the threat of extermination to that of extinction. While it could be read on its own, readers will get a lot more out of the story with knowledge of what’s come first. Julie E. Czerneda doesn’t waste a lot of time ushering readers into the world, instead throwing us right into a crucial negotiation between leaders of the races threatened by the Clan. While The Trade Pact was about Sira, Reunification is very much about the Clan and Sira’s search for answers. For those who are new to the universe, Sira is an interesting character, a sympathetic heroine who is nothing like the terrifying monstrosity you’d expect of her race. When we first meet her here, she’s preparing for a “baby-rainshower-occasion” with her human partner, which is just as awkward and humorous as you might expect. In fact, Czerneda uses a lot of humor to establish the cultural differences between her races, which is a large part of what makes this such an accessible story. At the same time, while some of the alien customs may be humorous, the aliens themselves can be creepy as hell (the Assemblers may be my favorite alien race ever), and the stakes in the story are about as high as they can get on an interstellar scale. This is often a very dark story, with a large cast of characters, and multiple shifts in POV (including shifts from first to third person). Even I found it a little bit dense at times, and I was coming into it with knowledge of the previous books. New readers may require a little more patience, but it’s worth the effort, especially since Czerneda has such a free-flowing lyrical style to her narrative. Once you get to know Sira and Captain Jason Morgan, and begin to piece together the backstory from their discussions with others, you’ll find yourself caring about the central mystery a lot more, at which time that style will carry you along nicely. This Gulf of Time and Stars is a blend of hard science fiction and interstellar space opera, with a solid basis in biology that makes for some fascinating reading. It’s a very different sort of story from her Night’s Edge fantasy series, but it shows the same love for her characters and the worlds she’s created.
Date published: 2015-11-11

Editorial Reviews

“I almost never cry at books and this one made me sob. Twice! Powerful, surprising, and packing a serious emotional punch, The Gate to Futures Past is a true game-changer. —Karina Sumner-Smith, author of Radiant “Czerneda excels at creating sympathetic characters and building intricate and fascinating worlds.” —Publishers Weekly   “Her multi-species style space opera a hallmark of the form, a fully realized saga of aliens and races and cultures that stands alongside works like C.J. Cherryh’s Chanur-verse.” —SF Signal"Complex worldbuilding, unique aliens ('Assemblers!?'), a race to save a sentient species: Julie Czerneda’s This Gulf of Time and Stars will draw readers in and ’port us among planetary systems, each more dangerous than the next." —Vonda N. McIntyre, author of The Moon and the Sun "Julie Czerneda’s narrative style is as masterful, intricate, and beautifully constructed as the complex universe of This Gulf of Time and Stars. A compelling and delightful read stuffed with enchanting characters and unexpected plot turns." —Stephen Leigh, author of The Crow of Connemara "Julie Czerneda is a first class builder of worlds that challenge the imagination and characters who seize your heart. This Gulf of Time and Stars is a compelling page turner, and I was sorry to reach the end. Then the author left me with a smile." —Jenna Rhodes, author of King of Assassins "Czerneda’s latest SF brims with sense of wonder, her amazing worldbuilding, and serves plots that span worlds. Don’t miss out!" —Tobias S. Buckell, author of Hurricane Fever "Warning! Gulf is nonstop, pitch-perfect, and possibly addictive.... Sira di Sarc is just the right heroine—full of both compassion and power—to take the Clan through the final stages of this dangerous search for their true origins. And, dare we hope...a place to call home?" —Doranna Durgin, author of Sentinels: Leopard Enchanted "I’m impressed by Czerneda’s well-known ability to create fully-fledged alien races, intriguing plotlines, beautifully drawn worlds, and—last but not least, believable inter-species romance! This Gulf of Time and Stars, the first in the Reunification trilogy, will appeal to readers of both genre and literary works." —Ursula Pflug, author of The Alphabet Stones "Heartwarming, fast-paced, and just downright fun, new and existing fans of The Clan Chronicles won’t be able to put this book down." —Marie Bilodeau, Aurora-nominated author of the Destiny series