The People came forth from eons of ice to rebuild the world at Winter's End. But the horrifying insect hjjks — led by an immortal telepathic Queen — also wish to rule the New Springtime, and they are learned, united, and powerful, while the People are ignorant, tribal, and split into warring factions. Now the hjjks offer the People a "treaty," a vision of security that is seductive, beautiful...yet absolutely inhuman.
If the tribes refuse, the earth will run with genocidal blood. The People will be exterminated, or they will destroy a race infinitely old and wise. If the hjjks are accepted, the People will have survived the Winter — only to lose their newfound humanity...
Continues the adventures of some of the characters from At Winter's End. Although it was originally published in the US as The New Springtime, Silverberg had titled the book The Queen of Springtime. As it turned out, that same year, Warner was publishing Joan Vinge's Summer Queen, and didn't want to have two books out with such similar titles. The UK printing retained the intended title, as have some later US printings.
There were plans to write a third book in the saga, but it never got beyond rough plans. The 2005 Bison Press edition contains some notes about the projected plotline.
For the elctronic form of the book, try this link.
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