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Haydn of Mars
Haydn of Mars
Author: Al Sarrantonio
On Mars, in the distant future, the princess Haydn's arranged marriage cannot save her beloved Republic. Her arch-enemy, the warrior-woman Frane, seeks to make herself Queen while Haydn--the legitimate heir-- must flee for her life. — A reluctant symbol for those who would restore the monarchy, Haydn is too young and unprepared to assume the thro...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780441012367
ISBN-10: 0441012361
Publication Date: 12/28/2004
Pages: 272
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Ace
Book Type: Paperback
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Trey avatar reviewed Haydn of Mars on + 260 more book reviews
Sigh. I'd hoped to like this more.
The concept is intriguing - on a terraformed Mars, humanoid cats struggle for who is to rule and how, monarchists vs. republicans, with Princess Hadyn, then Queen, forced into exile to continue the fight.

However, the execution leaves a lot to be desired. First, the cats are too human. I'd have expected a lot more casual cruelty and predatory outlooks from them - even the viewpoint character of Hadyn - than we got. The other is, how can a face covered in fur blush?

Also, Sarrontonio seems to have a bad case of break the cutie where every time something good comes along for Hadyn, its immediately topped by something at least equally bad or worse as happening as well.

Anyway, the world building is interesting, but that's about it.

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