Acorna's Rebels by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Anne McCaffrey

By Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Anne McCaffrey

Acorna's humans, the Linyaari, have started reclaiming their homeworld from the ravages of the brutal Khleevi. however the first wave of explorers has unlocked a bigger secret concerning the origins of the Linyaari -- person who has led Aari, Acorna's cherished lifemate, on a perilous trip from which he may perhaps by no means go back.

environment off on a quest to discover Aari, Acorna and her neighbors -- Captain Becker, Mac, Nadhari, and RK -- are pressured to crash land at the appealing and barbaric unique jungle international of Makahomia, domestic of the mysterious Temple Cats. yet an evil scheme threatens to smash the sacred tom cats. to save lots of the cats, Acorna will lead a band of rebels on a trip into Makahomia's temples and hidden sanctuaries.

And there, inside of one sacred shrine, she is going to detect surprising details which can bring about Aari . . .or to catastrophe.

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Daddy Frank, paterfamilias of Taliesin. He stirred the pot continually, interfering in our personal affairs, our amours and disputes and loyalties, even as he squelched our initiative and individualism as fiercely as he’d asserted his own when he was apprentice to Louis Sullivan a generation earlier. Truly, I don’t think I’ll ever forgive him for coming between me and Daisy Hartnett—or for the loan he inveigled from my father (and, of course, failed to repay). But I’m not complaining—that’s not the purpose of this exercise.

Fine. But don’t expect instruction from me. I am not a pedagogue, not by any means. ” The bell rang once more. —darted out from under the eaves and shot across the courtyard. Wrieto-San turned to go, but caught himself. He gave me another long look. ” In fact, I didn’t cook. Or I cooked in the way any bachelor in any society cooks: minimally. The boiled egg. Beefsteak flipped twice in the pan. Frankfurter on a bun. None of this mattered, however, because my kitchen apprenticeship would consist entirely in chopping cabbage, husking corn and peeling the potatoes the other apprentices had dug out of the manure-enriched earth.

The woman at the grocery gave me—gave us—the sort of look the farmwife had impressed on me earlier, the clamped lips and burning eyes, no hint of sympathy or even common humanity, as Wes called for catsup, coffee, tea, flour, sugar, massive sacks of dried beans and rice and all the other necessaries the farm and vegetable gardens at Taliesin were unable to provide. (This look, incidentally, was one I would become inured to in the coming months. It had something to do with my racial difference, of course, but it was leveled almost equally on Wes and Herbert Mohl and just about anyone else associated with Taliesin, and was chiefly due to Wrieto-San’s attitude toward paying on account and the reservoir of bad feeling in the immediate environs over his past flings and flirtations and what the deeply conservative local populace considered the immoral way in which he conducted himself.

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