I was captivated’ Fritz Leiber, ‘Julian May has woven a many-coloured tapestry of exotic adventure’ Roger Zelazny, ‘An amazing journey from. The Saga of Pliocene Exile is a series of science / speculative fiction books by Julian May, first published in the early s. It consists of four books: The Many Colored Land, The Golden Torc, The. Exiled beyond the time-portal into the world of six million years ago, the misfits of the 22nd century are enmeshed in the age-old war of two alien races.

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Julian May was an American science fiction, fantasy, horror, science and children’s writer who also used several pseudonyms including Ian ThorneLee N. The stout-hearted hero endured troubles had sorrow and longing as his companions cruelty cold as winter — he often found woe Dougal is of course a character May would have met many times among fans.

Overall, this entry in the series ramps up the action and more thoroughly investigates the world of the Pliocene Exile. A science fiction retelling of the Celtic and other myths. In the second book, the same group are drawn into ever more complicated intrigues and the fight for humanity begins.

But the King is getting a bit long in the tooth for that kind of adventure. Somehow everyone values h As with the previous book, my memory made this seem better than it is. The Firvulag are primarily creative adepts, spinning horrific illusions around themselves and projecting confusion and pain in battle to terrify their opponents.

The Many-Colored Land, Julian May

A lovely balance of male and female roles, which passes the Bechdel test with flying colours. I got them piecemeal from my local library and tore through them as fast as I could—taking in the shape of the them, but not necessarily the finer details which is how I read books for a long time—I drank them up as fast as I could; now, I prefer to take my time. Individuals generally have different levels of ability in the various classes of metapsychic powers.


I’ve read these books several times, and I will read them again. When the time-traveling humans started to arrive in the Pliocene, the Tanu enslaved many of the humans in an effort to overcome this problem, interbreeding with the humans who have latent metapsychic abilities and soon incorporating humanity into their Pliocene society.

Which begs the question of how that was possible—presumably some hints will be given in later books. One series I always enjoy re-reading.

Saga of Pliocene Exile

A group sets out on the trip but find that another group of time travelers have beat them to their objective. Oh, that is goldsn lovely cover! I did feel, however, that all the detail rather mya the plot, which was slow to unfold and not oglden signposted. The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding. The Tanu have won the Combat without fail for the past forty years, because of their use of humanity and human innovations, such as the grey-torc shock troops and the use of horse-like chalicotheres known as ‘chalikos’ as riding animals giving the Tanu cavalry that the Firvulag lack.

But Stein continues to be toxic as hell, making his wife break down and then against her will shutting off her mental powers, because she might use them to talk to people other than him. A good mix of SF with the major fantasy elements, and well-plotted, even if I found myself having to work to keep track of some of the Tanu character names in a few spots.

The Many Coloured Land The Golden Torc by Julian May

Open Preview See a Problem? Sunny Jim Quigley and Calistro, a goat-herder. The Firvulag call all humans Lowlives, while the Tanu and humanity reserve the term for those humans in Pliocene Europe not ruled by the Tanu.


Top Posts Book Tirc Brian rated it it was amazing Jul 26, And consequently, because so many of these factors color their larger works, it means I can’t appreciate tons of otherwise good novels.

This article may contain an excessive amount of intricate detail that may interest only a particular audience. The cast continues to be diverse, similarly to the first book, with a variety of races, ages, and sexual preferences represented. Rogering maidens is more his style these days. Now we get to learn what they were up to while Madame Guderian coached Felice et al through their cockamamie totc. Brilliant book that stands the test of time.

Aug 30, Dora rated it really liked it Shelves: The only true “natives” in the book, the Ramapithecus are a race of small, somewhat fragile seeming hominids, believed at the time of writing, though no longer to be the original ancestors of modern humanity.

Nice details though subject to the revision of paleontology and anthropology with a good dollop of old Irish and Celtic myth chucked in for good measure. Trivia About The Golden Torc A derivative golven of these circuits were used to create the Gray Torcs and also used in Silver Torcs, derived from the Tanu’s own Gold Torcs.

The story to me picks up and flows somewhat better than the first book. The first two books in particular.