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Dark Pilgrim Rising
7,680 years ago, humanity was imprisoned for over 2,500 years by the shape-shifting Dwad-Mehstiv. The Noble Houses arose out of the ashes of the Wars of Conquest, The Church of the Blessed Prophets arose out of the Wars of Religious Independence from the Drek, and the Imperium arose to bind the Houses and The Church. When the Emperor of the Imperium is assassinated, chaos ...more
Paperback, 594 pages
Published March 27th 2006 by Lulu.com
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Dark Pilgrim Rising by Ralph Buttner (R Peter Ubtrent) is a whole universe within a book. It’s the first in the Dark Pilgrim series, so there is of necessity a lot of scene-setting since this promises to be an epic sci-fi series. It’s a complex rather than complicated novel with many subplots and layers, and calls for concentration. It’s a story of survival. Ailanthus and Tethys, human friends currently on a savage penal colony, are bent on surviving in a place where few last more than five year ...more
Dark Pilgrim Rising, the first of six works of fiction in the Dark Pilgrim series, is a carefully crafted science fiction novel. The reader is dropped far into the future into the middle of the two main characters’ 20-year stay in a harsh and hostile penal colony, while the religiously-based political elements called Houses swirl in cagey undercurrents in the discord that the emperor’s death has left behind. The number of different non-human species in this book is astounding. Mr. Ubtrent's exce ...more