By Robert Silverberg

Within the a long way destiny, Earth is a tired backwater and humanity is unfold around the galaxy on worlds that all started as colonies, yet now suppose like domestic, each one with its personal lengthy heritage of one thousand years or extra, and every with its personal special tradition. one of many strangest is on Borthan, the place the founding settlers validated the Covenant, which teaches that the self is to be despised, and forbids a person to bare his innermost options or emotions to a different. On Borthan, the filthiest obscenities that you can imagine are the phrases “I” and “me.” For the heinous crime of “self-baring,” apostates have continually paid with exile or loss of life, yet after his eyes are opened by means of a customer from Earth, Kinnall Darival, prince of Salla, hazards every little thing to coach his humans the true which means of being human.

With a brand new creation through the writer, and the first-ever map of Borthan, this vintage, out of print considering the fact that 1992, is a good looking new addition to the Orb imprint.

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The air is mild and sweet, filled all the year through with the fragrance of flowers. Winter does not reach so far south, and the Mannerangi, when they would see snow, go as tourists to the Huishtor peaks and gape at the strange cold coating of whiteness that passes for water in other lands. The warm sea that borders Manneran on east and south yields food enough to feed half the continent, and to the southwest there is the Gulf of Sumar as well, with further bounty. War has rarely touched Manneran, protected as it is by a shield of mountains and water from the peoples of the western lands, and separated from its neighbor to the north, Salla, by the immense torrent of the River Woyn.

Then," he said, "there were reports that the Lord Stirron had sent agents into Glin after you, so that you could be brought back for treatment. Halum feared greatly for your safety at that time. " Segvord laughed. " I told him of my snubbing at the hands of my mother's kin, of my stay in the mountains, and all the rest. When he had heard that, he wished to know what my plans were in Manneran; to this I replied that I had no plans other than to find some honorable enterprise, and succeed in it, and marry, and settle down, for Salla was closed to me and Glin held no temptations.

She told me her age: a year older than Halum (and I also). She told me she was unmarried, having recently terminated an unpromising engagement to a prince of an old but unfortunately impoverished family of Mannerangi nobility. She explained her resemblance to Halum by saying that her mother and Halum's were cousins, as well as her father being brother to Halum's, and five minutes later, when we walked arm in arm, she hinted scandalously that in fact the High Justice had invaded his elder brother's bridal couch long ago, so that she was properly half-sister to Halum, not cousin.

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