Dark of the Moon Author:P.C. Hodgell Tai-tastigon is burning. The whole city is in an uproar. And the cause, Jame, and her friend Marc have fled. They are making their way through mountain passes, far too late in the season, hoping to find Jame's brother Tori somewhere on the other side. — Nothing ever goes easily for Jame, least of all this journey. As hints of the past she has for... more »gotten -- of dark and horrid years in the house of Gerridon, betrayer of her people, the Kencyrathm, and her god -- come to the surface, she encounters changers from the house of Gerridon, wanting to bring her back into that dark place. Arrin-ken, catlike creatures who are nevertheless part of her own people, find and judge her. Bandits, brigands and strange remnants from the past of her people -- which suggest a dim future for them, their god, and their hope of defeating the great enemy, Perimal Darkling -- arise to haunt her. But her determination to find her brother and to avoid falling into eternal darkness only grows stronger.« less
The lethal environment and the surreal adventures experienced by the characters unfold with dazzling vividness. In part this is perhaps because this is much more of an action-driven narrative than a character-driven narrative. The characters feature remarkable origins and properties, but their personalities, with the exception of the heroine, are blocked out rather than painted with fine strokes. The net effect is a decent balance, with the strong narrative compensating for the relative simplicity of the characters' inner dialogues.
As it's intended as part of an epic series, it's somewhat easy to find oneself growing a bit lost amid a complex network of races, conflicts, and motivations.