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Reap the Wild Wind: Stratification #1 by Julie E. Czerneda
Review by Harriet Klausner
DAW Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780756404567
Date: 04 September 2007 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Three races live peacefully but separately on the planet Cersi. The Om'ray, Oud and Tikitik each possesses their own clearly marked territory and rarely if ever do the species interact as the lines of demarcation are sacred based on the governance of three principles. First and foremost is that the world has always been that way and must continue; second is the coming of age Passage in which the Oud and Tikitik allow a lone Om'ray to wander into their areas; finally nothing is allowed to change on Cersi. However, the Oud and Tikitik are much more technologically advanced than their primitive Om'ray, who in spite of the three ruling planetary principles fears eventual encroachment. Within the Om'ray territory are small tribal villages. As with the Om'Ray relationship with the Oud and Tikitik, villagers never meander into a neighboring village as intermingling is outlawed except during Passage. It has always been this way and will always be this way.

From official release/information:

From back of book: Now, Reap The Wild Wind returns to a far earlier period in the Clan's history, when they have not yet left Cersi. At this time they are a people known as the Om'ray, and they are divided into seven widely scattered tribal Clan, each of which must remain in its own allotted portion of Cersi, constrained form advancing beyond a certain point by two powerful alien races that have technological and scientific advantages over the Om'ray. The Oud control the plains and the underground while the Tikitik hold sway over the swaplands. All three races coexist based on three inviolate principles: 1) the world has always been divided this way and must remain so; 2) Passage--a once in alifetime, coming-of-age event when individual Om'ray are permitted to trespass over all territorial boundaries in search of a mate--must be honored by all; 3) nothin on Cersi can be allowed to change.

Reap The Wild Wind opens at a pivotal moment when beings from the Trade Pact worlds have begun to explore Cersi, upsetting the balance between teh three races. It is a time, too, when young Aryl Sarc of the Yena Clan is on the verge of mastering the forbidden secret of the M'hir--a secret that could prove the salvation or ruin of her entire species...

(Source: DAW)

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