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Primary Inversion by Catherine Asaro

cover art by Ron Walotsky

Primary Inversion

by

Catherine Asaro

I bought my copy locally.

In Catherine Asaro’s 1995 Science Fiction classic, Primary Inversion, the Skolians and the Trader Empire are in a fierce galactic war that has gone on for years, without a complete victory by one side or the other. Now, one particular Skolian, Sauscony (Soz) Valdoria, heir to the Skolian imperial family, and a former sex-slave to the cruelest members of Trader society, has discovered their enemies have a new plan to destroy her people, and as part of the ruling family, it is a discovery she must pass on.

However their plan involves the son of the leader of the Traders, and though that should be enough for Soz to gladly hand him over, she learns he’s a quite unwilling pawn of his father’s plots. Despite the cruelty she herself suffered at the hands of the Traders, Soz feels something of a connection to the young man, more importantly, she believes, if he can survive his father’s cruel training, and take over the Trader Empire, peace might at long last be achieved.

As a member of the royal house, and the military, with nightmares and tough decisions a part of her every day life, can she keep her personal feelings at bay? Will she lose it entirely before her brother decides who’s to be his heir? And more importantly, can she rectify the fact that she’s falling in love with her family’s greatest enemy, and her own, or will she die before any of this comes to be decided?

Well, as usual, you’ll have to read to find out.
When I first learned about Catharine Asaro, way back in 2003 or so (I think) it took me a long time to find a copy of this book; when I finally did find it, at Almost New Books in South Tampa, I snatched it right up. Unfortunately, I never found the time to actually read it, until this Christmas. Sitting down now to tackle it, I found it to be a richly built story, whose classic feel I immediately fell for. In point of fact, it’s way more like the classics of the science fiction genre, with elements that, I lament to say, you just don’t see used so much anymore in what’s become the modern standard of Fantasy and Science Fiction. But Primary Inversion’s story, itself, is a hard one to explain, simply because there’s so much going on in it. I’m afraid this short synopsis doesn’t come close to doing it justice. (and yes, I give this another 5: ). You’ll really have to give Primary Inversion a look to appreciate the full force of what Catherine Asaro has so fabulously laid out here—(try online at amazon, or maybe the local stores can order it for you). And yes, I absolutely, definitely, emphatically think you will find it, as I, well worth the effort!

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