Acorna's Rebels by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Anne McCaffrey

By Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Anne McCaffrey

Acorna's humans, the Linyaari, have all started reclaiming their homeworld from the ravages of the brutal Khleevi. however the first wave of explorers has unlocked a bigger secret concerning the origins of the Linyaari -- one who has led Aari, Acorna's cherished lifemate, on a perilous trip from which he may possibly by no means go back.

surroundings off on a quest to discover Aari, Acorna and her pals -- Captain Becker, Mac, Nadhari, and RK -- are compelled to crash land at the attractive and barbaric unique jungle global of Makahomia, domestic of the mysterious Temple Cats. yet an evil scheme threatens to break the sacred tom cats. to save lots of the cats, Acorna will lead a band of rebels on a trip into Makahomia's temples and hidden sanctuaries.

And there, inside one sacred shrine, she's going to realize surprising info which could result in Aari . . .or to catastrophe.

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Contact with this rough race revealed their good qualities; among these was conspicuous the hospitality which surrounded everyone who sat by their fires. So it came about that one might see in their circles the faces of town-dwellers, for the Campagna offered immediate shelter to all who had to quit the Marina under a cloud. Here one met debtors threatened with arrest and scholars who had planted too shrewd a blow at a drinking party, all in company with renegade monks and a crew of vagabonds. Young people, too, who longed for freedom and pairs of lovers willingly betook themselves to the Campagna.

We did not yet know the full measure of man's power. In this respect our commerce with Father Lampros was most valuable to us. No doubt our own hearts would have led us to a decision in accordance with the state of mind in which we had returned to the Marina; yet at such turningpoints in our life a third person aids us. The presence 60 ON THE MARBLE CLIFFS of a good master reveals to us our true desires and enables us to be ourselves. His noble image lives deep in our heart because in him we first discern that of which we are capable.

Where there were killings or thuggery one of the shady crew was always by, nor were they missing from the minuets that poor devils dance on the gallows hill with the wind for partner. ON THE MARBLE CLIFFS 47 To all these the Ranger was lord and master, to be kissed on the hem of his red hunting coat or on the calf of his boot when he sat in the saddle. For his part he dealt with them at his pleasure, and from time to time had a dozen or two strung up like scarecrows on the trees if they seemed to spawn too abundantly.

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