Dying of the Light by George R. R. Martin

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In this unforgettable space opera, #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin presents a chilling vision of eternal night—a volatile world where cultures clash, codes of honor do not exist, and the hunter and the hunted are often interchangeable.
A whisperjewel has summoned Dirk t’Larien to Worlorn, and a love he thinks he lost. But Worlorn isn’t the world Dirk imagined, and Gwen Delvano is no longer the woman he once knew. She is bound to another man, and to a dying planet that is trapped in twilight. Gwen needs Dirk’s protection, and he will do anything to keep her safe, even if it means challenging the barbaric man who has claimed her. But an impenetrable veil of secrecy surrounds them all, and it’s becoming impossible for Dirk to distinguish between his allies and his enemies. In this dangerous triangle, one is hurtling toward escape, another toward revenge, and the last toward a brutal, untimely demise.
Dying of the Light blew the doors off of my idea of what fiction could be and could do, what a work of unbridled imagination could make a reader feel and believe.”—Michael Chabon

“Slick science fiction . . . the Wild West in outer space.”—Los Angeles Times
“Something special which will keep Worlorn and its people in the reader’s mind long after the final page is read.”—Galileo magazine
“The galactic background is excellent. . . . Martin knows how to hold the reader.”—Asimov’s
“George R. R. Martin has the voice of a poet and a mind like a steel trap.”—Algis Budrys

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About George R. R. Martin

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GEORGE R. R. MARTIN's Song of Ice and Fire series, beginning with A Game of Thrones (Bantam, 1996), are among the top-selling fantasy novels of this generation and is now an HBO series that will began airing in 2011. He lives in New Mexico.
Published September 28, 2004 by Bantam. 288 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The protagonist is Gwen's former lover, who comes to Worlorn at what he believes to be her command, is appalled by the harshness of her situation, and ignorantly touches off a disastrous confrontation between Vikary and the more reactionary Kavalar elements on Worlorn.

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Virtuoso mastery of atmosphere justifies this deluxe, illustrated 35th anniversary reprint of Martin’s debut, which long predates his star turn with Game of Thrones and its sequels.

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Monday night I was privileged to attend Water Tower Theatre’s local premiere of Spring Awakening and I have to say, never have I felt so completely, emotionally overcome.

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As Worlorn slowly moves into a dark frozen night, Dirk and Gwen discover the eerie power that this world has, and it’s dark deep history that will change their lives forever.

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Unfortunately describing his world, the Kavalaan culture and the basic outline of his universe take up a lot of what is a relatively short novel, especially if you take into account the 10 page glossary at the back of the book.

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Grasping For The Wind

Although considerably slimmer in its 224 pages than the Song of Ice and Fire with its (currently) four volumes, none of what makes George R.

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