I was captivated’ Fritz Leiber, ‘Julian May has woven a many-coloured tapestry of exotic adventure’ Roger Zelazny, ‘An amazing journey from. The Saga of Pliocene Exile is a series of science / speculative fiction books by Julian May, first published in the early s. It consists of four books: The Many Colored Land, The Golden Torc, The. Exiled beyond the time-portal into the world of six million years ago, the misfits of the 22nd century are enmeshed in the age-old war of two alien races.

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Clever twist, author, I gotta hand it to you. Kevin Shamel rated it really liked it Feb 09, One series I always enjoy re-reading. To ask other readers questions about The Golden Torcplease sign up.

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Andrew rated it it was amazing Aug 18, In the second book, the same group are drawn into ever more complicated intrigues and the fight for humanity begins. They tend to have fair hair and green or blue eyes. Eddy Pelckmans rated it really liked it Feb 23, It actually picks up, chronologically, about half-way through The Many Colored Land. And now the humans had made the Tanu s By A. Those key and anticipated intersections where characters from different storylines confront one another or goldem the repercussions of one plot influence another were mostly missing.

It is richer in action and intrigue and perhaps a bit less focused on character development. The premise that our racial myths of fairies and trolls descend from primitive memories of these aliens is just great.

A different and original setting.

Among gokden daughter worlds only Lene retained any form of space travel, and only very primitive reaction engines. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Good 2nd book in the series.

The novel builds to a climax at the annual battle between the Tanu and Firvulag; a variety of schemes involving the different members of the group are set to come to fruition at the tournament.


In order to increase their population more rapidly, the Tanu have been using goldsn as breeding stock ever since they arrived. She is a doctor who is well-respected in Tanu society. Or teh they thought. Basically you expect something big as a result of the disturbance in the balance the Exiles brought with them. Oddly, some of best features of the parallel story were neglected here.

A lot happens in the book, the characters are tested, and enough change happens that I am excited there are still two more books, as opposed to wondering how the author could possibly tell more story. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. I do like—quite a bit—how it is very clear in these books that the forced impregnation scheme of the Tanu is wrong wrong wrong and mqy the physical and emotional effects are shown quite clearly Martha.

Aiken Drum is of Scottish descent from the planet of goldem Scottish people—it is made very clear that he has pale skin, dark eyes, and red hair.

What she does to Felice: I know, I know, this is sci-fi, not fantasy; but I still like to find myself wishing I could have a go with the julisn or whatever.

The pacing, likewise, carried forward with momentum this time instead of with choice steps. Apr 24, Andrea rated it really liked it Shelves: Refresh and try again. May has created and weaved a complex, fascinating world that manages to also be easy enough to follow and understand. Return to Book Page.

The Many-Colored Land, Julian May

I’d also say that The Golden Torc feels much less sci-fi than it’s predecessor. The sense of the medieval-style court is strong from the clothing, buildings, and organization of society. Book of my science fiction and fantasy reading project. Many human men however find this duty not onerous at all as the Tanu ladies are often quite beautiful, exotic, and metapsychically gifted thus able to enhance the man’s pleasure far beyond what sex with human women can provide.


Lists with This Book. Saga of the Pliocene Exile 4 books. The human women have their tubal ligation reversed. May 30, Kim rated it it was ok. There are some differences between pure Tanu and hybrids.

I don’t care what happens to them or what happens next. I had hoped to hear more of the Howlers, to see jylian Claude’s advise helped or hindered.

The Many Coloured Land The Golden Torc

Several million years ago, two factions of a dimorphic alien race took shelter on the most compatible planet: A lot happens in the book, the characters are tested, and enough change happens that I am excited there are still two more books, as opposed to wondering how the author could possibly tell more story. Nice details though subject to the revision of paleontology and anthropology with a good dollop of old Irish and Celtic myth chucked in for good measure. A good mix of SF with the major fantasy elements, and well-plotted, even if I found myself having to work to keep track of some of the Tanu character names in a few spots.

Featured Quote “Is all very well thinking everything is going to be different when you come back but then it is all the same. Overall, this entry in the series ramps up the action and more thoroughly investigates the world of the Pliocene Exile.

Gigantic crystalline organisms, self-aware and powerfully psychic, which evolved in and continue to inhabit interstellar space in the Duat Galaxy. A gate is opened to the past, specifically the Pliocene era. Saga of the Pliocene Exile 2. Mar 27, Jean Triceratops rated it really liked it Shelves: Grey Torcs do not enhance metapsychic powers at all, although they do grant the wearer a much simplified version juliqn Farspeech. You are commenting using your Twitter account.