I was captivated’ Fritz Leiber, ‘Julian May has woven a many-coloured tapestry of exotic adventure’ Roger Zelazny, ‘An amazing journey from. The Saga of Pliocene Exile is a series of science / speculative fiction books by Julian May, first published in the early s. It consists of four books: The Many Colored Land, The Golden Torc, The. Exiled beyond the time-portal into the world of six million years ago, the misfits of the 22nd century are enmeshed in the age-old war of two alien races.

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Operant humans in the Galactic Milieu are not allowed to enter Exile, so most humans in the Pliocene are latent at most. A disappointing read after the first book. Thagdal is golen fertile which is the main reason he is king so many of the women who are forced to sleep with him are impregnated.

A science fiction retelling of the Celtic and other myths. Adult science fiction, Published Views Read Edit View history. This may be the best cover of any book I own. Falconer and many others. Some Firvulag are large enough that they would not look out of place on a present-day street, while the greatest heroes and leaders amongst the Firvulag i. A lovely balance of male and female roles, which passes the Bechdel test with flying colours. So, basically the premise rocks. Oddly, some of best features of the parallel story were neglected here.

One of the surprises of this series is that May manages to combine the medieval with the futuristic, the comic with the cruel and tragic, the serious maj of some characters with the caricatured and grotesque, the past and the future, as if many of the themes were tofc of the original duality of the Tanu and Firvulag whose home planet, incidentally, is called Duat It becomes clear to the reader that tirc Tanu and Firvulag did not escape our Tbe of six million years ago, leaving the ramapithecines to evolve into humanity.

The divergent races were hostile to each other and together developed a highly ritualized battle-religion to formalize the war between them. I worked at Houghton Mifflin, where it was published and avidly devoured each volume as it came out. The remainin I wanted to give this second volume in the series a better rating but Tge just couldn’t do so. This after he screws everything up repeatedly by being tocr to keep quiet about anything ever, and also by committing outrageous crimes.

The cast continues to be diverse, similarly tord the first book, with a variety of races, ages, and sexual preferences represented. Aiken Drum is insinuating himself into the highest echelons of society; Elizabeth is trying not to let the Tanu take advantage of her newly recovered mental capacity; Richard is still seeking Mercy who in fact has married one of the Tanu aristocracy ; Claude and Felice are with the rebel “Low-Lifes”.


Madame and Sister Amelie get noble deaths, one for renunciation, the other goldn the benefit of the world. This is most commonly described in the books for mental or psychological healing, but it is also used for healing physical ailments as well.

Mar 19, Amanda rated it really liked it Shelves: When science advanced enough to allow for interstellar travel once again by the daughter worldsDuat was re-discovered and while the original race was shocked at the divergence of the races there from their own, it was then discovered that the torcs also worked well on most but not all the inhabitants of the daughter worlds.

And, hey, by the standards of or whenever it was the book is really quite progressive — lots of female characters, lots of female POV characters, several gay characters. They are engaged in a religious and cultural war with the Tanu which comes to a head once a year for a two month period where there is a Truce with ritual combats.

Pulpy space opera, chock-full of 50s-style psychology jupian court intrigue. OTOH, tje fact that Felice pretty promptly reverts to form suggests that, yes, May did think that sadomasochistic people were goldsn beyond fixing — or anyway that at least this one was.

Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. Want to Read saving…. A good mix of SF with the major fantasy elements, and well-plotted, even if I found myself having to work to my track of some of the Tanu character names in a few spots. Me ha gustado menos que el anterior, pero era de esperar cuando no hay el elemento sorpresa.

I am not sure thw I want to read a third although I am curious about what happens next. Sorry, your blog cannot share jukian by email. Read for more of the Saga of Well, I finally got there. Make of that what you will. This book starts to weave back together the fates of Group Green, and if you Finished this a while back as part of my summer commitment to read more SFF.

A gold torc makes a person with latent powers completely operant in those powers. They usually throw their spears in the first rush of battle, then close in using their swords and mindpowers. They tend to have fair hair and green or blue eyes. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Adventurous souls travel back, and find a world unlike any they could imagine. This page was last edited on 31 Octoberat However, she also is presented as a bit crazy not because of being trans but in addition to being transand it is stated by one character that she runs the fertility clinic because it is the one part of being a woman that will always be out of her grasp.


Book Review: The Golden Torc by Julian May (Series, #2) | Opinions of a Wolf

I did a little bit of research into the history of the word the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University is a wonderful resource for this kind of research and all I can come up with is that May misunderstood what it means. The book is full of characters but every single one of them manages to come across as a unique person, even the ones who are not on-screen long enough to be fully three-dimensional.

Aiken Drum continues to be a wild card—showing odd moments of compassion, but mostly looking out for number one, this psychopathic human has angered all sides of the conflict now, Tanu, Firvulag and Human.

May 25, Steph Willetts rated it it was amazing. Email Subscription Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. It sounds like baby talk: The widow finally gives in and eventually establishes a regular training program for the “groups” making the trip back in time to ensure they have the basics for survival and a trade in the Pliocene era.

The Many Coloured Land The Golden Torc

The premise that our racial myths of fairies and trolls descend from primitive memories of these aliens is just great. The war left Duat with a wildly varying climate, and because of this, over a thousand generations on Duat, the race diverged into two separate races, the Tanu and the Firvulag. Characters are added, including a transwoman doctor, torx all continue to feel completely individual and easily decipherable, in spite of the growing cast list.

Or, as I like to call all nine books: And it all comes to a head with the Great Combat between Tanu and Firvulag. Email required Address never made public.

The Firvulag are the ‘metapsychically operant’ [see below] members of that race, and the Tanu are the ‘metapsychically latent’ half.