In the 25th century a mysterious group of humanist philosophers rose from among the ranks of those Underground Archivists. They came to be known by the collective name “Mythmakers.” They composed works of rare beauty and symbolic power from which emerged a new behavioral code, a new system of morality based not on arbitrary prescriptions of religious dogma but on the humanist tenets of respect for life, the unity of humankind, and personal responsibility. [from The Termite Queen]
Where does one even start? Brilliant? Yes. Original? Absolutely. Well written?
Without a doubt! Comparisons come to mind; Dune, Watership Down, The Jungle
Books… but that is where it breaks down for me as truly, it is rare to come
across a work of fiction that carries the reader this many light years beyond
that of the ordinary. I could attempt to describe the premise of the story but
that would be doing you, hopeful reader, an injustice. I would only be
describing the setting and not the nuance, this is something that needs to be
discovered for yourself. I feel fortunate to have been introduced to this series
written by Lorinda J. Taylor and would have no hesitation about placing it next
to my most beloved books on my bookshelf. My only disappointment is that this
book has not plummeted up the charts as it deserves. Read it for yourself and
explain this to me, please. If I could give this book more than five stars I
would gladly do so.
Review by Erika M Szabo
This book made it to my bookshelf's "read it again in print"
section. When I first saw the book cover, I scrolled over it without giving it a
second glance. The title didn't trigger my want-to-read-this-book either. Only
after I read Lorinda's short story that she donated to my Read for Animals
project, her writing style piqued my interest. I started reading the book one in
her series and her storytelling and writing style captured me instantly. Her
dialog are amazingly written and the characters are so easy to connect with. The
names were confusing at first and hard to remember, but after a few pages A'a'ma
became my instant favorite and the names of different species also fell into
place and now they just roll off my tongue when I speak the names out loud, such
as Tish'ra that I wanted so badly to stay alive, Kwi'ga'ga'tei or Ta'rei'so'cha.
I never thought possible to forget that I was reading about a bird, termite or
other species; I paid attention to their personality. Lorinda masterfully
triggers emotions in the reader with a few carefully placed words, builds
tension and drives the story; however she is a bit long winded when it comes to
describing the anatomy of the species and interplanetary customs and practices.
Although it is a bit slow reading those parts, her attention to meticulous
details is unbelievable, thus I caught myself reading certain pages twice in
order to take in those details instead of skimming through the less interesting
parts. I didn't like Gwidian at first, but Lorinda had built their relationship
into a love story so masterfully, that eventually I accepted him. The termite
planet and complex society is created brilliantly with conspiracy, intrigue and
assassination plot to commit murder. Overall this story is very enjoyable, the
intriguing story line and budding love story sucks you right in. Highly
recommend it to readers who like a fascinating, complex and perfectly detailed