Agave Revealed by Anna Laforge

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In two young strangers at the heart of Pelion’s Maze lies the key to the rebirth of Agave, the city of slaves.

A half-millennium after the last survivors of a dying Earth land on a pristine planet provided by the mysterious Sowers with the promise of a possible leap in human evolution, the Eighteenth Mother, leader of the enlightened city of Pelion, finds herself at a crossroads. Though the long, slow process of Transformation is proceeding, a critical imbalance has emerged that threatens the success of the Sower’s promise.

From the surrounding lands, the candidates still come—some sent by Pelion’s Searchers after careful, covert evaluation, some driven by their own burning desire for the Gift—but far too few are women. If the Gift of Transformation cannot be shared equally among all the planet’s peoples, the promise of the Sowers will fail, and with it, perhaps humanity itself.
The Eighteenth Mother’s greatest dread is her visionary knowledge that to achieve the Transformation of the entire world, she must look across the desert wastes to the slave city of Agave. Long has Pelion escaped Agave’s notice, but seeds of a plot planted years before are beginning to blossom. A key figure in that plan, Lillas, a pampered princess of Agave, is about to flee and seek refuge in Pelion...and the Maze.

While there—joined with the healer Reddin, one of Pelion’s own, both seeking the elusive Gift of Transformation—the city will face a test it has so far avoided in its long history: war, a conflict that threatens to rip Lillas from the heart of the Maze and return her to the mercies of Agave’s savage new ruler. The Eighteenth Mother knows that Agave must be reborn in order to ensure the Sower’s promise can be kept. The hidden key to that rebirth lies within Reddin and Lillas, but only if they can find it in time...

Agave Revealed. The powerful second volume of the Maze series.
 

About Anna Laforge

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Anna LaForge read Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings at fourteen, Asimov's Foundation Trilogy at sixteen, and LeGuin's The Left Hand of Darkness at eighteen, at which time she decided that she, too, wanted to create new worlds.Born in Philadelphia, her work as an actor, director, dramaturg, and professor has taken her to San Francisco, Washington D.C. and New York City. Once an executive director of two not-for-profit theatre organizations, she now divides her time between teaching, writing, and seeing live performance.
 
Published June 17, 2013 by Newcal Publishing. 378 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This engaging second installment in LaForge’s Maze series (set 50 years after The Marcella Fragment and enjoyable on its own) places romance at the crux of a conflict between city-states and their res

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After Earth's destruction, the alien "Sowers" offer human survivors an Earth-like planet and teach them the gift of shared consciousness, reasoning that this ability can forestall future destruction. In the enlightened city of Pelion, a structure known as the Maze serves as the focus for developi...

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Agave Revealed

After Earth's destruction, the alien "Sowers" offer human survivors an Earth-like planet and teach them the gift of shared consciousness, reasoning that this ability can forestall future destruction. In the enlightened city of Pelion, a structure known as the Maze serves as the focus for developi...

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Agave Revealed

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