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Slow Fall to Dawn (NewEden #1)

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The Hoorka, a guild of skilled assassins, maintain their exitence 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 and
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 28th 1981 by Bantam Books (first published 1981)
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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
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.
A stunning story, the first of a trilogy. Brings to mind the early Dune books for me.
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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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