The Sting was what made Ronica McBride special -- that, and the years the interstellar government called the Com had invested in teaching her how to use it. Class C talents could use the power called gathering to control their own bodies; the less common Class Bs used pathfinding to alter the inner workings of mechanical things; but only the rare Class A could use the Sting -- and it was that unparalleled power over other minds that made Ronica the most valuable resource in the Com.
Newly graduated and ready to use her Class A talent, Ronica McBride should have had the worlds at her fingertips. But instead she was lost on an unknown planet, hurt, alone, with no memory of how she had gotten there -- and she had lost her Sting.
Gathering and pathfinding were tools, not weapons. Without her Sting, Ronica could not stop the Stonehouse dwellers who rescued her from promptly trading her away to the chief of a primitive tribe. And as Ronica struggled to find a place for herself on the wilderworld, accept her loss of talent, and regain her missing memories, she began to discover that everything the Com had taught her was a lie...
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Two reasons I knew this was a good one: the day I started this manuscript, I spent a whole day at home devouring page after page and then cursed myself for not bringing the whole manuscript home. Then came Christmas. I left town, and didn't get back to the second half of the book until January--but when I picked it up again my first day back, it was just as vivid as before, and I was dumped right back into the story. A good sign!
This book is extremely well written, for a first novel or any novel whatsoever--I was fully involved with Ronica, the main character, and her struggles. Roby James has a flair for writing not only gripping action scenes but vivid interpersonal scenes--something that SF/Fantasy writers often fall flat with. Her characters stick with you after you've finished the book...even if you're an editor who reads two or three books a week.
We put a cover on this book that was a little out of the ordinary, and its one of my favorite covers--mostly because it still looks speculative, but it's a book no one would be embarassed to be seen reading even if they didn't feel comfortable reading SF/Fantasy. It's a grown-up cover, and we didn't do many of those at the time.
After this book was published we got lots of wistful e-mail from readers, asking when and if there would be a next book from Roby James. Luckily, there was--it's Commitment.
--Ellen Key Harris, Editor, Del Rey Books
Roby James started reading when she was four, writing when she was nine, and always got "talks too much" as a comment on her report cards. She fell in love with science fiction years before the field become respectable and with her husband about eight months before he became respectable. She has been running the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon since 1975 (before rafting became fashionable); her wilderness experiences taught her that life does exist without technology. That was a valuable lesson, because right after she got her M.B.A., she ditched corporate America, where employers thought she should think the way they did just because they were paying her. She is grateful that science fiction, white-water rafting, self-employment, minimalism, and monogamy have all reached the mainstream now, because she's always wanted to be part of the gang. More books from Roby James are available at: http://ReAnimus.com/store/?author=Roby James
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Descrizione libro Del Rey, 1995. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0345400380
Descrizione libro Del Rey, 1995. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0345400380