"Science fiction at its' best"
Since he was eight, Marak did his best to conceal the
visions he saw and ignore the voices he heard because he
knew either condition is considered a sign of madness.
Those who are deemed mad are turned over to the Ila. Until
he turned thirty, Marak successfully hid his delicate
situation. He joined the war against the Ila, trying to
break into the great city where she lived in splendid
security. Marak confesses his illness and his father
disowns him, giving him over to the soldiers for disposal
After traveling across the large desert, Marak meets the
five-century-old Ila. Everyone who is dubbed mad hear
voices telling them to go east. Ila wants Marak to do just
that but report to her what he finds. After a long arduous
trek, Marak reaches a tower where he meets Ian and Luz,
Ila's peers, claiming that the world is coming to an end.
If he is to survive he must return to this tower with Ila
and as many people as will go with them.
C.J. Cherryh is one of the most gifted science fiction
writers of our time and with her latest novel, HAMMERFALL,
she has created a new universe for the first time in thirty
years. The story line reads like a modern day Noah's Ark
as the audience keeps on reading to learn what happens as a
world gets destroyed. Those sequences of scenes are
brilliantly crafted. The protagonist is a hero as his
actions and choices speak well of him as a person. Ms.
Cherryh has another winner in this novel.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 7, 2001