writing as Robert Randall
On the planet Nidor the ties of tradition and stability were coming undone. Unprecedented things kept happening, and although nothing could be traced to the Earthmen, it was clear that the troubles had begun with their arrival.
Norvis peRahn Brajjyd, unjustly expelled from the Earthmen's school, believed he knew why: the Earthmen were not emissaries of the Great Light, as they claimed, but demons from the Outer Darkness. He vowed that he would stop at nothing, even the most unthinkable deed, to break the hold that the aliens had on the people and the Council of Elders.
A quite readable story from the early years which is the sequel to The Shrouded Planet. The story centers on Kris peKym Yorgen and his rise as the leader of the grassroots movement against the Earthmen. Norvis peRahn is there as the Merchant Party Secretary, with helpful suggestions and advice, but is not the central character for most of the book. The story is a little unusual for its time period in that the aliens (not the humans) are the viewpoint characters, the alien religion is treated seriously and respectfully, and even characters in opposition to the protagonists are given sympathetic roles. In spite of the cover painting, the underwater scenes in the story are done without any diving gear.
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