Lear's Daughters Author:M. Bradley Kellogg with William Rossow The Terrans had come to Fiix for very different reasons. The scientists - Susannah, Megan, and Stavros - were there in search of knowledge about both the planet, which had turned out to be a complete contradiction to the survey probe's findings, and the fascinating native Sawls. But the financing for the expedition came from mining interests, an... more »d Emil Clausen, who had pulled the exploration team together, was determined to get his money's worth - even if it meant ruining the Sawls and their world in the process.
Fiix did have unique defenses, however, and dangers the Terrans didn't suspect, though the Sawls understood them only too well. And what began as simple exploration soon became a desperate search to unlock the secret of a planet seemingly at war with itself.
Were the Sawls the friendly primitives they seemed, or did their immense, mazelike Cave cities conceal mysteries humans weren't meant to learn? Was Weather merely the logical religion for a superstitious race living on a planet beset by violent storms and devastating droughts? Or could it be that, despite the Earth scientists' skepticism, the Sawl myths about rival Goddesses warring with weapons of flood and fire were somehow true?
Trying to sort fact from legend appeared an almost insurmountable task, but whether based on myth or truth, one terrifying fact was rapidly becoming all too clear: the "War between the Goddesses" was escalating to unheard-of heights.
And still another battle was being waged, even as Sawl civilization moved perilously close to annihilation - a battle within the Terran expedition brought on by the clash of science, humanity, and greed. Only one man had any hope of finding the key to the planet's deadly puzzle and un-guessed-at treasures - if he could survive the devastation that seemed imminent, either through the Goddesses' fury.. or his own colleagues' arrogant misues of power.
This two-in-one volume includes 'The Wave and The Flame' and 'Reign of Fire'.« less