High Couch of Silistra by Janet Morris

“We are all bound,” is the great truth of Silistra: Bound by biological necessity and genetics, the men and women of Silistra struggle to sort Nature from Nurture – where Nature always wins. Welcome to Silistra, a glimpse of a far distant future wherein a civilization proclaims the greatest feat an individual can perform is to produce one child, yet distrusts the sciences that brought them to verge of extinction.

Here women and men coexist uneasily in a society ravaged by war, technology, and infertility, each vying for power, each seeking dominion over one another. Be warned, if your tastes run to simplistic plots, throbbing organs, swooning damsels or kick-boxing women in men’s armor, Silistra may be too challenging. Feminists, misogynists, misanthropes, or fans of political diatribe, this is not the book for you.

High Couch of Silistra, first of the notorious Silistra Quartet, brings us to a realm where thought alters probability, where creativity is inextricably linked to the urge to own and dominate, and where the universe itself is amenable to a focused mind.

Rooted deeply in humanity’s mythic past yet unaware of the planet Earth, High Couch of Silistra begins one woman’s mythic quest for self-knowledge – with surprising results.

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High Couch of Silistra by Janet Morris

A Review
“I confess that I can hardly believe this was written in 1977 originally. The concept and style of writing, in my opinion, are very modern and have strong feminist tones. Ms Morris writes with an exceptionally skilled hand – her fantasy worlds come alive like a breath of air and I found myself swept into this tale, so much so I could hardly put the book down. Estri, the heroine, appears like a bronzed Goddess before your eyes and she has quite a quest to complete. She is off to find her father, an outworlder, and discover her destiny. With the help of her mother and grandmother, she will have a few portents and pieces of advice with which to take with her, but this will not be an easy journey.

The story is sexual in nature and cleverly analyses human behavior, both good and bad. You’ll find a little of everything inside – politics, relationships, culture, greed, power, and desire… It all makes for an exceptionally entertaining read. It will go down as a favorite in my bookshelf – one to read again and again.”

~ Anari (Amazon)

About Janet Morris
Bestselling author Janet Morris began writing in 1976 and has since published more than 30 novels, many co-authored with her husband Chris Morris or others. She has contributed short fiction to the shared universe fantasy series Thieves World, in which she created the Sacred Band of Stepsons, a mythical unit of ancient fighters modeled on the Sacred Band of Thebes. She created, orchestrated, and edited the Bangsian fantasy series Heroes in Hell, writing stories for the series as well as co-writing the related novel, The Little Helliad, with Chris Morris.

She wrote the bestselling Silistra Quartet in the 1970s, including High Couch of Silistra, The Golden Sword, Wind from the Abyss, and The Carnelian Throne. This quartet had more than four million copies in Bantam print alone and was translated into German, French, Italian, Russian and other languages. In the 1980s, Baen Books released the second edition of this landmark series. The third edition is the Author’s Cut edition, newly revised by the author for Perseid Press. Most of her fiction work has been in the fantasy and science fiction genres, although she has also written historical and other novels. Morris has written, contributed to, or edited several book-length works of non-fiction, as well as papers and articles on nonlethal weapons, developmental military technology, and other defense and national security topics.

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