In the latest book in Viehl's Stardoc series, Dr. Cherijo Torin's ship has crash-landed on the icy planet of Akkabarr, and a head injury has caused her to lose her memory. Caught up in a society where women are little better than animals and where men and women alike live in prehistoric conditions on the planet while the windlords above dominate with their technology, Cherijo miraculously survives the harsh climate and treatment by her fellow humans. On the cusp of planetwide rebellion, Cherijo -- called Resa by the people she lives among -- uses her innate skill as a physician to heal where and when she can.

This is a solidly plotted and constructed novel featuring a strong and intelligent woman as the protagonist. Told from multiple points of view, the book gives readers a thorough grounding in the politics of Akkabarr and the machinations that are necessary in order to survive. Both gritty and realistic, this is a solid entry in the series. (Jan., 384 pp., $7.99)
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Natalie A. Luhrs