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The Sixth Discipline (Haven Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The characters are very well painted and you feel as though you know and understand what they are feeling and why they do the things that make the story so interesting. It is very interesting to see the two different cultures so clearly defined and you feel as though you know every character in the book, and you become quite disapointed when you lose one, but then the story takes another turn and you find out why. It is a really intruiging book that I could not put down, and I would highly reckomend it to anyone.The Sixth Discipline (Haven)
Carmen Webster Buxton's The Sixth Discipline is a far-future story that has strong elements of world building--a feature that always interests me. A distant planet is called Haven by the people who settled there. Several factions formed at land fall; they dispersed to different parts of the hospitable planet.
Ran-Del Jahanpur is part of the Sansoussy, who believe in living with the land. By design, their development in the forests remains basic to needs; but they also have a variety of psi abilities. While out hunting, Ran-Del is kidnapped by some technologically-advanced people from the progressive city of Shangri-la. His captivity remains a mystery to him as he is treated well and introduced to the contrary marvels of the city.
Here enters a Romance side of the story, as we meet Francesca Hayden, whose father engineered Ran-Del's kidnap. He intends for Francesca and Ran-Del to marry. Romance, yes; but not heavy-handed in the expected genre standards of distrust, jealousy, and misunderstandings. Instead, the story of why Ran-Del is the perfect husband choice for Francesca, and the politics of Shangri-la guide the story.
The story shifts back to the Sansoussy Forest and Ran-Del's family--especially his great-grandfather who sees what is in Ran-Dels future. Movement between these two regions on the planet shows the cultural development of each in realistic fashion. All the characters are sharply drawn and believable, from the dock-side workers who become Ran-Del's friends, to Ran-Del's grandmother who is unsure of the very modern Francesca. The final resolutions include Sansoussy rituals and political maneuvering in Shangri-la. Tension is high and the outcome satisfactory. A good read.