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Slow Fall To Dawn (NewEden #1)

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The Hoorka, a guild of skilled assassins, maintain their existence in the turbulent society of Neweden through strict obedience to a stern code of neutrality: Kill only when hired. Reveal your client only if successful. If the victim survives until dawn, he goes free.

Through years of harsh training and iron discipline, the Thane of Hoorka Guild has molded a group of men an
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Published (first published 1981)
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Tani
The author mentions in his foreword that this was his first novel and that he struggled mightily with the idea of writing a novel. It kind of shows. It's not bad, but it's certainly not a great novel either.

The good:

The idea is interesting. Moral assassins in space? Yes, please.

I actually liked the characterization. It felt very complete, even though the Thane grew hard to sympathize with as he continually let his emotions overpower his commonsense. I can recognize the symptoms of emotional b
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Scott Holstad
Jan 04, 2016 Scott Holstad rated it liked it
Slow Fall To Dawn is the first book in a trilogy by Stephen Leigh and this is his first novel. It has an interesting premise, bordering more on fantasy than sci fi. The Hoorka, a guild of skilled assassins, maintain their existence in the wild society of Neweden through strict obedience to a stringent code of neutrality – Kill only when hired. Reveal your client only if successful. If the victim survives until dawn, he goes free. Why this is the code and what makes it so important, other than to ...more
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Jan 30, 2014 Nikki rated it liked it
Slow Fall to Dawn is the first book of a trilogy. The basic premise is a sort of feudal clan/guild based system, and we're following a guild of assassins within it. They have a very specific code, and are completely neutral, but naturally there's a lot of bad feeling stirred up by a guild of murderers, particularly as they remain neutral (even as that makes them useful to everyone), and the book follows the course of a few events that threaten the stability and perhaps even the existence of the ...more
Craig
Apr 02, 2010 Craig rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good old science fiction adventure, this one does a fine job of portraying a decaying empire and the efforts of a man to protect his group and the lengths to which he'll go for their survival. In this case it's a guild of assassins, and the author does a good job of making them all sympathetic characters. It's a short book, but was the first of a trilogy.
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Stephen Leigh has been writing science fiction since he was in grade school. He sold his first story in 1975 and has been publishing regularly ever since then.

He has been nominated for and won several awards for his fiction over the years. He has written and published the occasional poems and non-fiction pieces, as well.

Steve teaches Creative Writing at Northern Kentucky University in the Greater
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Other Books in the Series

NewEden (3 books)
  • Dance of the Hag (NewEden, #2)
  • A Quiet of Stone

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