Review: The Ginger Star by Leigh Brackett

The Ginger Star by Leigh Brackett
The Ginger Star by Leigh Brackett

The Ginger Star
Leigh Brackett
Paizo Publishing, 2008 (orig. 1974)
The Ginger Star is my first exposure to Eric John Stark, Brackett’s hero from Mercury (where he was raised by a primitive race after his parents were killed) and apparently takes place after the earlier adventures The Secret of Sinharat and Talisman of the People (I believe both are in this volume).  The Ginger Star begins an arc of stories taking placing on the world Skaith, a distant planet orbiting a dying sun and ruled by a cruel cabal of wizards known as Wandsmen.  The Ginger Star opens with Stark arriving on Skaith looking for Simon Ashton the man who essentially taught him to be human.  Along the way he gets wrapped up in the planet’s internal struggles and is caught between a faction that wants to leave the planet and the Wandsmen who wish to maintain their iron control over the populace.


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