Sheri Tepper is one of my favorite authors because she is so thought provoking. This book is no exception. Her subject of inquiry in this book is religious ecstasy, spirituality, sustainability, consumption, and ego-centrism/socialism.
"Tepper's gifted imagination holds firm in a novel filled with striking imagery."--Library Journal
"This book possesses just about every possible virtue that one could ask of a fantasy novel."--Booklist
"Tepper creates a true refuge, one of those rare worlds into which the reader can escape completely."--Locus