West of January
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Belletristik / Fantasy
Set on a distant planet, far in the future, WEST OF JANUARY tells the story of a world in which the sun moves across the sky with agonizing slowness. It takes lifetimes for a region to experience dawn, midday and dusk and because of this the planet's population does not remember the catastrophes that occur as the sun moves across the sky--entire civilizations have been scorched into oblivion. The only people who remember the dangers of the past are the planet's "e;angels"e;--a people who have tried to preserve past technologies and the ancient knowledge and who work to try and save the other people from the destruction that threatens them when the sun moves. The hero of this book, Knobil, was born among the herdsmen, a primitive civilization in which the men kill each other and exile their sons so that each man can have as many women and children as possible. Knobil, however, is the son of an angel, and his destiny leads him to move among all the other peoples of his world--the beautiful but unthinking seafolk, the cruel slavers, the manipulative traders and, worst of them all, the spinsters whose deadly secret he discovers nearly too late. This action-filled story of a very strange planet showcases Duncan's remarkable ability to create unique worlds.