"Roum is a city built on seven hills. They say it was a capital of man in one of the earlier cycles. I knew nothing of that, for my guild was Watching, not Remembering."
For 1,000 years, mankind has lived under the threat of invasion from an alien race. After the oceans rose and the continents were reshaped, people divided into guilds - Musicians, Scribes, Merchants, Clowns, and more. The Watchers wander the Earth, scouring the skies for signs of enemies from the stars. But during one Watcher's journey to the ancient city of Roum with his companion, a Flier named Avluela, a moment of distraction allows the invaders to advance. When the Watcher finally sounds the alarm, it's too late: the star people are poised to conquer all.
And so with the world in turmoil, the Watcher sets outalone for the Hall of the Rememberers, keepers of the past, where humanity's last hope for survival might be hidden.
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 23-10-14
I PUT ON A THINKING CAP
I WATCHED ROUM FALL A SECOND TIME
I don't know why RS never wrote Historical Fiction? He often puts European or Middle East history in his futures. In this book we go to Roum and Paris. I enjoyed the main character who is a Watcher. He is watching for an alien invasion that has been predicted. Watchers have been watching for hundreds of years and no invasion has happened. He uses equipment in which he does not understand the workings. He is given his life to this, but people don't take his job serious, since no invasion has happened.
WE WOULD CONQUER OUR CONQUERORS NOT WITH WEAPONS, BUT WITH LOVE
RS's very liberal side comes out in this book. Man has bankrupted Earth and gone from a leading planet to one of the poorest. A lot of people have been genetically changed. The title of the book involves genetically altered humans into fairy type creatures. One of the main characters is one. She has a very slight figure, is flat chested with a high squeaky voice and all the main characters fall in love with her. She can only fly a night, cause the solar winds are to hard on her during the day.
Rudnicki does a usually great job.
I PITY YOU, BUT I FIND IT UNGRACEFUL OF YOU TO PITY YOURSELF
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By Virginia J Krolikoski on 05-02-15
Conquer with love!?
Fortunately this is a short book. Kept waiting for story to take off. The moral of the story was... Conquer the conquerors with love.... Seriously I wasted my time for that!!!
Usually narrator is excellent but he had the wrong voice for this story.
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