Reap the Wild Wind (Stratification #1)
This prequel to The Trade Pact Universe series begins in a time before the Clan had learned how to manipulate the M?hir to travel between worlds. Aliens have begun to explore the world of Cersi, upsetting the delicate balance between the Clan and the two other powerful races who coexist by set rules. And ...more
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The books strength lies in the development of the 3 indigenous species, their relationship to the planet's ecosystem and to each other. IMO, Czerneda has the makings of another CJ Cherryh in her ability to create believable alien worlds and species. They are very real and appealing.
The novel has features of hard SF and of Space Oper ...more
I am always uninspired by primitive SF, and this is no exception. Partly it's just not one of my buttons, and partly I spend the entire ...more
Aryl Sarc lives on Cersi with two other races, the Oud and the Tikitik. There is an Agreement between the races that says that nothing changes. The Yena Om'ray (the tribe and race Aryl is a part of) have Power (sort of like psychic power: the ability to move objects without touching them; the ability to tell where the others of their race are, even if they are far away; etc ...more
She continues to rank as my favorite sci-fi author. Book 2 just came out and it's wai ...more
As stated in other reviews it is a good development of three intertwined species on the planet Cersi. The story mainly ...more
This is easily one of the most unique books I’ve ever read, which is no surprise considering it’s by Julie E. Czerneda. The Stratification series was the only main sci-fi trilogy from her that I hadn’t read yet – I’d been kind of saving them for a rainy day because I knew they were going to be top-notch. And you know what? Reap the Wild Wind gave me everything I hoped for and more!
The setting for this one kind of reminded me of the wonders of Pan ...more
The characters were solid, especially considering this was the first book in the series, they were well fleshed out and well written, and had a steady growth throughout the story. I found there was enough revealed about them to move the story along, but ...more
All of the stories ...more
It is very rare for me to buy and read a whole trilogy, one book immediately after the other. I usually need a break between books by the same author. Not so with the Stratification series. I bought and devoured the trilogy in one go and I recommend you do the same.
This series marries great characters, great communities set in a realistic and engaging world, and great story. The plot starts with a bang — or maybe a crash is the better word — and the surprises keep unfolding steadily.
If you enjoy...more
Cons: Amazingly detailed worldbuilding through the eyes of Aryl Sarc.
Czerneda does an outstanding job of putting you in Aryl's position - a young Om'ray whose village is brought to a crisis point by the unwitting mistake of Trade Pact visitors (though this isn't explicitly told to you... Aryl, after all, has no concept of aliens). Everything flows naturally from the initial incident and the pro above is correct - you get an i ...more
Aryl's world is threatened from within and without. On the same day that Strangers (humans) appear and disrupt a key harvest on which her people depend for sustenance, she also discovers a new power that threatens the balance between the races.
This is great ...more
I hadn't heard of this authour previously, but this first book of a trilogy has hooked me for at least two more.
Wonderful world building, alien races who are aliens not the girl next door, and an action filled plot that kept me up late reading just a bit more.
It really doesn't end, of course - it seems I'm a di ...more
I was worried that after so many years(publishing-wise and setting-wise), it wouldn't feel connected to the story of Sira and Morgan(from A Thousand Words for Stranger, Ties of Power and To Trade the Stars). No problem-o there! Yay!
Yes, I bought the hardcover...and it wasn't in the discount section...oooooooooooooooooooh..........
Julie E. Czerneda's joyful prose is my reason to search out her new books.
Her characters and communities tend to stretch your imagination in novel and humorous ways. And yet there is a consistensy to her stories that makes them very enjoyable.
I hope you will join me and fall for this kind of yarn.