Monday, January 5, 2015

The Stargods Trilogy-Irene Radford

The Stargods Trilogy
Irene Radford
Daw, Jan 6 2015, $18.00
ISBN: 9780756410421

“The Hidden Dragon.”  The O'Hara clan resists the Galactic Terran Empire takeover.  The governor declares them outlaws; taking their business, their home and their citizenship; while their sister Katie vanishes.  Kim, Konner and Loki become smugglers, but are forced to make a jump into unknown space.  They land their damaged ship on a planet inhabited by colonists who over the centuries turned into a Bronze Age hunting and gathering society. The brothers build a nation in which the inhabitants regard them as the Stargods due to their advanced off-world technology.

“The Dragon Circle.”  They remain stranded due to a damaged crystal power source.  While on board growing new crystals, Konnor notices a beacon that will lead the imperial military police to this world.  He believes his ex-wife Melinda is behind this because she wants to prevent him from gaining custody of their son Martin.

“The Dragon’s Revenge.”  Kim and Konner marry local women but the IMPs including Katie invade their new home.  The brothers disable their enemy's ship, forcing them to work alongside the natives if they want to survive.  Like her siblings, Katie adapts to this strange world.  Meanwhile Martin flees from his amoral mother seeking his father.  Threatening the planet, Hanassa the dragon takes control of the body and mind of the IMP leader.

This omnibus reprint of the decade plus old thrilling Stargod trilogy affirms that Irene Radford’s wonderful science fiction-fantasy amalgam remains fresh.  The key premise is the Bronze Age natives’ reactions to the technology of space traveling people; the O’Hara siblings become elevated to Stargod status, while the IMP is considered Star-demons; and everyone on both sides of the dispute accepts dragons are deadly adversaries to all humans. 

Harriet Klausner

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