Mother of Eden
By Chris Beckett
ARC paperback, 468 pages
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From the back of the book: Civilization has come to the alien, sunless planet its inhabitants call Eden. Just a few generations ago, the planet’s five hundred inhabitants huddled together in the light and warmth of the forest’s lanterntrees, afraid to venture out into the cold darkness around them. Now, humanity has spread across Eden. Blood has been spilled, battles have been fought, and two kingdoms have emerged. One emphasizes innovation, the other tradition, but both are sustained by violence and dominated by men – and both claim to be the favored children of Gela, the woman who came to Eden long ago on a boat that could cross the stars and became the mother of them all. When Starlight Brooking meets a handsome and powerful man from across Worldpool, she believes he will offer an outlet for her ambition and energy. But she has no idea that she will become a stand-in for Gela and no inkling that in the role thrust upon her, she will find herself at the center of a power struggle that threatens for forever alter Eden.