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Forest of the Night by Marti Steussy
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I loved this book. It demonstrated a lot about human nature. Since there isn’t a book description. I will write a more inclusive review, hopefully without adding spoilers.

I loved this book. It demonstrated a lot about human nature. Since there isn’t a book description. I will write a more inclusive review, hopefully without adding spoilers.

New Lebanon was a new start, a new world. The first human colonists were the loggers. They were contracted with the Oldearth Company to bring out wood products. It soon became apparent that the company had set them up to fail. They were put down with only the rudimentary supplies to survive, not enough to support a profitable logging operation. They would not be able to pay back the individual debts accounted for in their contracts. If they couldn’t fulfill the contracts, they would become lifelong indentured servants, and sent to any planet where the company had use for their expertise.

One of the natural habitants of the planet were the feathered tigers. The First-In team had promised that the predators were gone, and the colonists were safe. Only, one day they returned. The first sighting was by Hashti, the horse trainer. The day was done and she was retrieving her jacket from the woods when she spotted the tiger. Trying to back away she tripped on the brush and fell backwards. The tiger sprang towards her. She was waiting to die when the tiger slid to a halt and tapped her shoulder with its paw. Growing bolder, the tiger sniffed her and uttered an eerie songlike cry before licking her face. In a panic, she punched it in the head. He snorted in surprise and fled.

The loggers see a solution to their predicament. They would supply skins, tiger skins. The First-In team, a man and his wife, realize there was something peculiar about Hashti’s encounter. They start to question if the tigers were intelligent. It was up to the First-Inners to determine if an intelligence existed on a planet before the company was ever allowed to put down colonists. They realized that it could be that a mistake had been made. The First-Inners had seen before what happened when they underestimated the intelligence of the planet’s inhabitants.

The tiger who had pounced Hashti continued to watch her. It seemed to be fascinated with her. The First-Inners enlisted her aid to find out if the tigers were intelligent, before it became too late. Once the killing were to start...
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