The Books of the Black Current Author:Ian Watson Collection of the following books: The Book of the River, The Book of the Stars, and The Book of Being. — From time immemorial, the Black Current has defined Yaleen's world. Separating the Eastern Bank from the unknown western side, it cuts the river- and the world- in half, a black strip running down the river's center, from the towering, unscal... more »eable Precipes where it seems to ooze out of solid rock, to the depths of the ocean: huge, mysterious. And alive.
For like the goddess some believe it to be, the Black Current is aware. It allows men on the water only once; a second try invites madness and death. Only women are granted the freedom of the river, and Yaleen yearns to experience that freedom.
So, in search of adventure, she drinks the black essence of the Current and joins the River Guild, beginning a series of voyages that will take her farther than she had ever imagined.« less