Grounded in science, rich in external and internal discovery, with vivid characters for whom the reader comes to care deeply (and with a haunting cover by multi-award winner Julie Dillon), Kristin Landon’s Windhome is The Left Hand of Darkness meets Black Robe with a soupçon of Alien.

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Earth has sent out exploratory expeditions in a desperate attempt to discover the nature of the alien force that wiped out at least one extrasolar civilization and now threatens Earth itself. One of the exploratory starships is stealth-attacked by the hostile aliens. The survivors, marooned among the pre-technological inhabitants of the icy world of Windhome, struggle to survive, to understand this harsh world and its few, grim people—and, somehow, to fulfill their mission. Thrown into an unwilling alliance with a Windhome outsider faction, exiled into wilderness, two of the human crew must live by this world’s bitter laws, accept the ways of its people—and eventually make a terrifying choice.

Praise for Windhome:

After an eight-year hiatus, Landon (The Dark Reaches) returns with a complex fourth novel that combines dystopian and first-contact themes. // This is a quiet, tense book, saturated with dread. Publishers Weekly

This striking tale of survival and fortitude in an icy, alien world by the author of the “Hidden Worlds” trilogy is recommended for readers who enjoy character-driven stories. — Kristi Chadwick, Library Journal

…Landon’s worldbuilding skills shine. While the action is strictly between the humans and the natives, the setting is easy to envision and believe… // Overall, this isn’t a necessarily happy story, but it is satisfying and leaves wide the possibilities for the next book. — Karen Sweeny-Justice, Romance Times

As fully fleshed out as their human counterparts, the aliens of the book come alive as they react to and have to deal with the sudden appearance of three people from the sky. // Although a comparison to Ursula K. LeGuin is obvious, I really think it’s Eleanor Arnason, with her Ring of Swords and A Woman of the Iron People, that Landon’s work most resembles in my reading oeuvre. It is a corner of Space Opera that is not quite as explored as it could be, and for me, Windhome is a welcome addition to it. — Paul Weimer, Skiffy & Fanty

Windhome delivers a page-turning epic journey of human survival through a maze of alien politics and environmental challenges. Its cultural worldbuilding is fascinating, detailed, and nuanced in a way that may remind readers of George R. R. Martin, Poul Anderson, or C. J. Cherryh. We should see more from Kristin Landon. — G. David Nordley, author of After the Vikings

by Kristin Landon
Published by Candlemark & Gleam, December 2017
346 pages
ISBN: 978-1-936460-79-3
eISBN: 978-1-936460-78-6

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 9 x 6 x 1 in


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