City of Illusions Author:Ursula Kroeber LeGuin Scattered over the earth, small isolated settlements of humanity lived in a state of semi-barbarity; the knowledge and skills, the glory that had been Terra's in the golden age of the League of Worlds lost to ruthless conquerors. — Each time a group of Earthment began to rise from the ashes, the Shing, the ravagers of Terra, the Liars, would crus... more »h them out.
Only one man could stand against them, and that man had alien amber eyes. Before he dared oppose the enemy he had to prove to humanity, and to himself that he was not a tool of the Shing...« less
Solid work from Ursula LeGuin, as usual. This comes near the end of the Ekumen timeline, when all the whiz-bang has been discarded from her work. A very believable tale of personal conflict, made political.