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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  292 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Yakoub was once the legendary King of the Rom, the Gypsy race that has evolved from the days of caravans into lords of the spaceways - the only pilots capable of steering ships safely between the many worlds of the Galaxy. Weary and proud, Yakoub has relinquished his power and lives in exile on a distant, icy world. In his absence, chaos fills the vacuum of power. The fate ...more
Paperback, 450 pages
Published March 11th 2005 by Pyr (first published 1986)
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Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
inventive world building, an interesting twist on the old galactic empire story
Tharindra Kaluthotaarachchi
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is amazing.. for me this is one of Silverberg's best works. the thoughts, dialogues are very funny.. some of them really glue you to the book. The planetary environments, characters ( I mean who can resist someone like Silouise) are vivid, believable and never seems unnecessary to the progress of the story ( except the 'ghosting ability'). With yakoub's dark humor and sarcasm, not a single page in this book is boring. And after reading " black as sin, as hot as hell and as sweet ...more
Thom Dunn
Feb 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Probably the book I read titled "Romany Star" ?
Yakoub Nirano. Baro rom. Príncipe de los gitanos. "La estrella de los gitanos" narra la historia de Yakoub, un hombre destinado a conducir a los gitanos a su tierra prometida, la estrella Romaní, después de siglos de vagar por el espacio. He aquí un hombre imponente, una especie de Moisés para el pueblo rom, que vive un destierro voluntario en un planeta helado. Su máxima es sobrevivir a toda costa para ver cumplido su sueño. En esta tarea le ayudarán (o no) individuos como Polarca, Valerian, Sy ...more
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
There's a lot more to say--on close critical analysis you could problematize all day--however I found this to be an extremely enjoyable read. It's true that it can be a bit trying to reach full engagement in the first 50 pages, but it was worth the struggle for the chuckles. And yeah, I have no idea about the research that went into it about the cultural history of the Rom, it is a sci-fi novel after all.
Sonja (aka Yashima)
One of my first ever sci-fi authors. I bought this one used. It was a little weird, old-school and over-all quite immersive and enjoyable. Give it a try if you like science fiction with a touch of fantasy and gypsies.
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Surprisingly good. I liked the way he wove prior stories of the protagonist into the current time.
Read 117 pages of 466.
Ron Turner
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Interesting concept. I like the idea of gypsies in space. Just wasn't my cup of tea.
Mar 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
donated to smith family charity march 2015
Travis Shores
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
On of the finest novels there is...
Nov 30, 2010 rated it liked it
A rollicking good space adventure.
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Almost five stars, but the first hundred pages are a slog. Badly needed pruning. However, after a slow start the story really takes off. Character driven and delightfully conversational space opera.
C.R. Francis
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great book very memorable.
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Robert Silverberg is one of science fiction’s most beloved writers, and the author of such contemporary classics as Dying Inside, Downward to the Earth and Lord Valentine’s Castle, as well as At Winter’s End, also available in a Bison Books edition. He is a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the winner of five Nebula A
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