Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Tree Lord of Imeten - Tom Purdom

A group of human colonists on a planet have a disagreement.

They banish a man from their midst, and his wife goes with him, after they make a deal for some supplies in order to stop a violent conflict.

Violent conflict is still what they get, though, as they land in the middle of a conflict between two alien races - one a group of tree dwellers - the others, more four-legged and non-violent.

When our protagonists realise the tree dwellers enslave the others for labor - they take their side - and their hands and ability to make tools lets their new friends arm themselves - and put their inventive minds to work in coming up with ways for paws and mouths to help in engineering and tool use.

An armed conflict erupts which puts pressure on one group of the slavers, as continued losses of life caused by their former targets will eventually weaken them enough so that they can be conquered by another group of their own.

3.5 out of 5

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