Earth has sent out exploratory expeditions in a desperate attempt to discover the nature of the alien force that wiped out at least one extrasolar civilization and now threatens Earth itself. One of the exploratory starships is stealth-attacked by the hostile aliens. The survivors, marooned among the pre-technological inhabitants of the icy world of Windhome, struggle to survive, to understand this harsh world and its few, grim people--and, somehow, to fulfill their mission. Thrown into an unwilling alliance with a Windhome outsider faction, exiled into wilderness, two of the human crew must live by this world's bitter laws, accept the ways of its people--and eventually make a terrifying choice.
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About the AuthorKristin Landon lives in Oregon with her husband Tom and an imperious Cavalier spaniel named Lucy. In addition to writing science fiction, she works as a freelance copyeditor of a wide range of scholarly and medical books. Her novelette "From the Depths" appeared in the highly acclaimed anthology To Shape the Dark (2016, Candlemark & Gleam). She is also the author of the Hidden Worlds trilogy-The Hidden Worlds, The Cold Minds, and The Dark Reaches (Ace Books). Visit her website at www.kristinlandon.com.
After an eight-year hiatus, Landon (The Dark Reaches) returns with a complex fourth novel that combines dystopian and first-contact themes. // This is a quiet, tense book, saturated with dread.
-- Publishers Weekly
This striking tale of survival and fortitude in an icy, alien world by the author of the "Hidden Worlds" trilogy is recommended for readers who enjoy character-driven stories.
--Kristi Chadwick, Library Journal
...Landon's worldbuilding skills shine. While the action is strictly between the humans and the natives, the setting is easy to envision and believe...// Overall, this isn't a necessarily happy story, but it is satisfying and leaves wide the possibilities for the next book.
--Karen Sweeny-Justice, Romance Times
Windhome delivers a page-turning epic journey of human survival through a maze of alien politics and environmental challenges. Its cultural worldbuilding is fascinating, detailed, and nuanced in a way that may remind readers of George R. R. Martin, Poul Anderson, or C. J. Cherryh. We should see more from Kristin Landon.
-- G. David Nordley, author of After the Vikings