A Cat of Silvery Hue by Robert Adams

A Cat of Silvery Hue by Robert Adams
Publisher: Mundania Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (161 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

Time Conquers All…

Led by Lord Milo the Undying One, the men of the Horseclans are slowly reuniting the continent once known as the United States of America using the strength of their swords and their very special mental talents. But the Ehleenee, too, have dreams of power—dreams that have led them into a full-scale religious war of conquest.

Lord Milo must enlist the help of men like Bili Morguhn, whose skill with axe, sword, and mind control makes him a natural clan leader, if he is to contain the menace of the Ehleenee rebels and save civilization from destruction…

Religious wars of conquest are unfortunately all too common throughout humankind’s history. The Cat of Silvery Hue tells of yet another such war, this time in the future. The story is fast-paced and filled with action. I enjoyed reading about the mental powers which play such an important role in the plot. Some people are able to communicate telepathically with others, and those communications can take place over great distances. And I liked the horse/rider bond that some characters share, where the horse and rider are able to communicate telepathically as well.

Robert Adams has written a story rich in details and descriptions. I did think that the use of very unusual names was a bit of a distraction. Names such as Eeshmahehl or Kweebehkeekos were difficult to manage and there are very few characters with names that come easily to the tongue. In addition, the dialogue was frequently very dialectal, which also added a degree of complexity to the reading. I am sure this was done for atmosphere and authenticity, but I personally would have preferred more pronounceable words and less dialect.

Adams has written a very violent book as well, which makes sense because he is portraying a war. There is an unrelenting outpouring of both physical and sexual graphic violence, with almost no break. I found the violence to be more intense than I generally want, but at the same time I do understand why the author felt it was an integral part of his story.

I enjoyed several of the characters, especially Geros Lahvoheetos. He found himself in battle and suddenly after he “had accidentally lanced one rebel and cut the throat of a second while his mule trampled down a third, he had been living in the very lap of his former fantasies. With his young master, the Vahrohneeskos Ahndros, kept unconscious by the arts of Master Ahlee, the physician, there was no one to betray him, to reveal the sad truth that he had never been aught save a body servant and musician, who had always privately considered himself to be a coward.” I really enjoyed watching Geros develop into a brave fighter, learning the difference between being afraid and being a coward.

This novel is the fourth in The Horseclans Series, which contains eighteen novels in its entirety. If you are a fan of fantasy novels about war and conquest, then this series might just be what you are looking for.

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