THE HAMMER OF DARKNESS

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Martin Martel has made the double mistake of falling in love with the wrong girl -- a duke's daughter -- and of having extraordinary esper powers. As a result, he's been banished from his home planet of Karnak and sent to the planet Aurore, which is ruled by what appear to be gods or just humans with great mental powers.

Because of his mental abilities, Martin doesn't immediately adjust to Aurore, where the use of esper power is much easier. He takes a job as a newscaster, denying his potential god-hood, until he can deny it no longer.

This is a fascinating book about the natural consequences of denying one's nature, and of the unexpected things that happen when action is forced but things may be better left alone. Modesitt is a wonderful writer, and this classic work is a fantastic introduction to his extensive oeuvre. (Jun., 288 pp., $13.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs