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The Nonborn King By Julian May The Nonborn King On Earth six million B C two species of alien ruled the graceful humanoid Tanu and their twisted brethren the Firvulag Then men from twenty second century Earth arrived through a one way time tunne

  • Title: The Nonborn King
  • Author: Julian May
  • ISBN: 9780345314215
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Nonborn King By Julian May On Earth, six million B.C two species of alien ruled, the graceful humanoid Tanu and their twisted brethren, the Firvulag Then men from twenty second century Earth arrived through a one way time tunnel and soon the aliens were locked in a battle to the death, for the humans had upset the precarious balance of power that existed between them.But when the tides of combaOn Earth, six million B.C two species of alien ruled, the graceful humanoid Tanu and their twisted brethren, the Firvulag Then men from twenty second century Earth arrived through a one way time tunnel and soon the aliens were locked in a battle to the death, for the humans had upset the precarious balance of power that existed between them.But when the tides of combat had receded, no one group held firm control, though Aiken Drum, man of no woman born, had declared himself the Nonborn King
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    1. Wanda on said:

      This series would make a wonderful graphic novel it has lots of prehistoric beasties, action packed battle scenes, dramatic psychic powers, and lots of opinionated quirky characters Humans from our future have become part of the Galactic Milieu, a kind of Federation of those races with psychic powers of various sorts But not everyone has what it takes to fit into this system and others are unhappy with the direction that their society is moving Some of the most disgruntled take a one way trip th [...]

    2. Andreas on said:

      The scope of this saga spanning eight novels is staggering A gate is opened to the past, specifically the Pliocene era But it is a one way trip Adventurous souls travel back, and find a world unlike any they could imagine Epic conflict rages between ancient races, and the future destiny of man is decided The initial four books make up The Saga of Pliocene Exile The Many Coloured Land The Golden Torc The Nonborn King The AdversaryThese can be read as a standalone series, but who would want to sto [...]

    3. Stef Rozitis on said:

      This book is the third in the series I don t think it matters which one you start with I am guessing they are all as dehumanising as this one.There was a lot to dislike about this book It was quite pretentious in the way it was written obligatory poem in there and a lot of allusions or direct quotes from elsewhere, too many ethnic or plain strange ways of talking, diversity as exoticised stereotype, etc There were too many groups of characters and each group had a LOT of characters Despite the o [...]

    4. Kallierose on said:

      This series is amazing The writer s canvas is huge there are so many plots and so many characters, but I was never confused about who was doing what Their plotting and machinations are as intricate as those at any royal court, and the double crosses abound.

    5. Ohenrypacey on said:

      There is really no letup in this series, the world is well established, the pieces are in place and this third book brings not one, but two big showdowns Satisfying every time.

    6. Simon Mcleish on said:

      Originally published on my blog here in September 1998.The third of May s Saga of the Exiles follows on from the climactic events of Golden Torc, which ended with the Atlantic flooding in past Gibraltar to begin the creation of the modern Mediterranean The three communities, Tanu, human and Firvulag, are all seeking to rebuild in various ways, the different factions among them trying to use the chaos coming from the deaths of a large proportion of the Tanu ruling class than from the other damag [...]

    7. Mark on said:

      This trilogy was amazing May s ability to blend such a wide range of characters into the story was flawless, and the overarching story was dramatic as well Watching each character grow as the story continued was great too I laughed, I cried, etc.

    8. Jude on said:

      this one was harder to get through The first two I read cover to cover in a two or three days.

    9. Catsalive on said:

      Finally got around to the 3rd book in the Saga of the Exiles I found the continuing political machinations a bit tedious I will push through to the finale, however.

    10. Gbolahan on said:

      Read this some 12 or so years ago, and it s so far the only part of the series that I have read It struck some chord in me then, the expanse, there was no main character, anyone could die at anytime, the smart use of different powersI really look forward to reading the full series and other books from Ms May I ll go through my library, see if this my printed copy is still with meor else I get one on Kobo or Kindle.Barnes and noble put it so eloquently below barnesandnoble blog s

    11. Malapata on said:

      Libro de transici n, donde se recolocan las piezas tras el pico final del segundo volumen con vistas al pr ximo final de la saga.

    12. Charlie Devlin on said:

      A great edition in the story An excellent new structure to the world made after the monumental ending of the Golden Torc, brings the characters into a changing world It also introduces one of my favorite characters in fiction, Marc Remillard.

    13. prcardi on said:

      Storyline 2 5Characters 2 5Writing Style 2 5World 2 5The thrill is goneThe thrill is gone awayThe thrill is gone babyThe thrill is gone away I was a steadfast fan of the first in this series It was an adventure and discovery novel done right May took us into a new world or an old one, depending on how you think about it , and on a delightful exploration The encounters in the new world were momentous and revelatory Along with the characters we grappled not only with the expected obstacles but had [...]

    14. Roddy Williams on said:

      The dominion of the Tanu has been broken In the aftermath of cataclysm, Aiken Drum seizes his hour to grasp control of the Pliocene world.There are those, human and Tanu, who rally to him and those who fear and hate him The Grand Master, Elizabeth the mad Felice the goblin hordes of the Firvulag all thrust into a violent and stormy struggle for irresistible power Blurb from the 1983 Pan paperback editionIn the third volume of May s Saga of The Exiles we join our heroes in the aftermath of the fl [...]

    15. Reinhold on said:

      Die Tetralogie wird schw cherVerglichen mit den ersten beiden B nden des vierteiligen Plioz nzyklus, steht hier der eindeutig schw chste Band zur Diskussion Den berblick ber den gesamten Handlungsbogen des Zyklus habe ich beim ersten Band Das vielfarbige Land gegeben, um diese Rezension nicht weiter aufzubl hen verweise ich hier nur auf dieses Werk.Wiederum gibt es am Anfang des Buches eine sehr ausf hrliche Zusammenfassung der bisherigen Ereignisse, die es durchaus erlauben w rde, erst hier ein [...]

    16. David Meiklejohn on said:

      After the flood Felice s destructive opening of the Gibraltar Straits has totally changed the world for the Tanu, the Firvulag and the humans who have gone back in time to the Pliocene Aiken is trying to rebuild and claim kingship, Nodonn is alive but cast away, Mercy has to pretend she s happy to be Aiken s queen, Elizabeth tries to help and guide, and meanwhile the operant humans are plotting from the far side of the Atlantic, and the mysterious Abaddon has plans for them all.This is so well w [...]

    17. Chris Branch on said:

      Although I d read this twice before, the last time was ten years ago, so I have to admit I d forgotten some of the details This made the re reading familiar overall but with some twists that were unexpected until the last moment The series continues to be as fantastic as I d recalled, with complicated machinations among humans, Tanu and Firvulag in the aftermath of the flood It s also in this volume that we start to learn about Marc Remillard, his family, and his band of rebels, laying the gro [...]

    18. Warren Peas on said:

      Julian May is nothing if not thorough she created an entire galactic civilization, replete with alien races, just to serve as backstory for her future meets past romp through Earth s prehistory Stylistically, too, she piles it on not someone you d describe as spare, her prose is as purple as it gets, festooned with words from the far corners of the thesaurus.Yet it works, pretty much because all the bling encrusted verbiage never upstages a solid, well paced story There s a superb cast of charac [...]

    19. Sharon Reamer on said:

      This was my least favorite book of the series It was bogged down in the accumulation by certain characters mainly Aiken Drum but also others accumulating and manifesting their telepathic powers and asserting them over others The internal politics of the Tanu race overshadowed the relationships to the other races, but I found that mostly enjoyable Although many of the characters engender some sympathy, I found it hard to identify with most of them good or bad or as was often the case, in between. [...]

    20. Ward Bond on said:

      On Earth, six million B.C two species of alien ruled, the graceful humanoid Tanu and their twisted brethren, the Firvulag Then men from twenty second century Earth arrived through a one way time tunnel and soon the aliens were locked in a battle to the death, for the humans had upset the precarious balance of power that existed between them.But when the tides of combat had receded, no one group held firm control, though Aiken Drum, man of no woman born, had declared himself the Nonborn King

    21. Dark-Draco on said:

      A fantastic third book in the series The adventure continues as Aiken tries to consolidate his power as King of the Pliocene, the Firvulags turn on their human allies, old enemies from across the Atlantic make themselves known and someone comes back from the dead I am really enjoying this series one of the best SF fantasy mix I have read in a long, long time Everything feels slightly familiar, as if this really is a history of our oldest myths and legends Can t wait to read the last book in the [...]

    22. Neal Schlegel on said:

      I believe I began identifying with the tanu from the end of the manycolored land and find aiken drum to be a detestable little worm who brought an end to a noble grand beautiful culture with his guns and super powers now I think I know how the Iroquoise or the Aztec felt when the white man came to their lands they invited them in and showed them how to survive and the white man repaid them with destruction.

    23. Markwoods on said:

      Re read, roughly 20 years after I first found it Terrible American cover on this site Aiken looks nothing like that Perhaps the weakest of the four In the aftermath of the White Silver Plain, the now mostly human politics are not as interesting I wonder if May only decided on the tone of this after the success of the first two books Marc is barely mentioned in I and II, whereas he s all over the others.

    24. John Devlin on said:

      Simply the best space opera, and the best series of novels I ve ever read This is the first of the nine, and while the last three show signs of fatigue, these novels capture a cast of characters, and one in Marc Remillard, that are truly memorable From the worlds and milieu May imagines to her evocative themes, the novels capture humanity with all its foibles and promise, and if you stick around for 6, you ll get the best plot twist in all of bookdom.

    25. Linda on said:

      I read this years ago when it was first published After that, I would wait avidly for the next to arrive at the local bookshop These books made an impact somehow I sold them at a garage sale in the 90 s then re bought the set recently Fantasy science fiction metas in depth character development excellent read.

    26. David on said:

      Re reading the Saga of the Pliocene Exiles after 25 years always ran the risk that the books wouldn t be as brilliant as I thought they were way back then I needn t have worried The Non Born King has a little action than the previous two books, as Aiken s bid for power on elder earth really kicks off A brilliant book, but you need to start with The Many Coloured Land.

    27. Graham on said:

      Am enjoying this series of books again This third book has the political intrigue, magic , big monsters, bad guys, good guys, a dragon, Abaddon, gold, gold, betrayal, love turning to ashes, intelligence, Wagner, Celtic myths, ancient geology, and fishing Oh, and aliens Such a lot of fun So glad these didn t go into the charity shop pile.

    28. Alan Denham on said:

      This is the third in the Saga of the Exiles The whole story in Julian May s universe exists as a double set of four volumes each Saga is the first four volumes, which are not standalones The first volume is The Many Coloured Land please see my review of that book, it wouldn t make sense to review this separately

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