By A.D 2110 nearly 100,000 humans had fled the civilized strictures of the Galactic Milieu for the freedom they thought existed at the end of the one way time tunnel to Earth, six million B.C.But all of them had fallen into the hands of the Tanu, a humanoid race who d fled their own galaxy to avoid punishment for their barbarous ways.And now the humans had made the Tanu sBy A.D 2110 nearly 100,000 humans had fled the civilized strictures of the Galactic Milieu for the freedom they thought existed at the end of the one way time tunnel to Earth, six million B.C.But all of them had fallen into the hands of the Tanu, a humanoid race who d fled their own galaxy to avoid punishment for their barbarous ways.And now the humans had made the Tanu stronger than the Firvulag, their degenerate brethren and ritual antagonists Soon the Tanu would reign supreme Or so they thought
The Golden Torc By A D nearly humans had fled the civilized strictures of the Galactic Milieu for the freedom they thought existed at the end of the one way time tunnel to Earth six million B C But all
Lots of nice twists turns in this second installment of the Saga of the Pliocene Exile The worm turns, when humans turn out to be nastier and craftier than their Tanu overlords ever imagined For one thing, humans are willing to fight dirty It s reminiscent of the British facing Native Americans, two different codes of conduct ending in unexpected victories for the less well armed side of the conflict Honour means different things to different cultures and May exploits those differences masterful [...]
Storyline 3 5Characters 2 5Writing Style 3 5World 3 5I really enjoyed the series first, The Many Colored Land, and looked with anticipation to reading this one The Golden Torc dropped many features that I liked and adopted many devices whose absence I had valued The writing was not as pleasing and selective as it was in the first The pacing, likewise, carried forward with momentum this time instead of with choice steps The first one had a unique identity not just with the mishmash of themes, but [...]
The scope of this saga spanning eight novels is staggering A gate is opened to the past, specifically the Pliocene era But it is a one way trip Adventurous souls travel back, and find a world unlike any they could imagine Epic conflict rages between ancient races, and the future destiny of man is decided The initial four books make up The Saga of Pliocene Exile The Many Coloured Land The Golden Torc The Nonborn King The AdversaryThese can be read as a standalone series, but who would want to sto [...]
Three races fight for dominance in Pliocene Europe Premise Several million years ago, two factions of a dimorphic alien race took shelter on the most compatible planet earth Fast forward to the 22nd century, where not all humans are happy with the speed of progress and intergalactic relations with various exotic races Several misfit humans portal back to Pliocene Europe to escape their own time Ironically, these time traveling refugees of the future must now battle aliens for their very lives in [...]
Book Two in the Saga of the ExilesExiled beyond the time portal into a world of six million years before, the misfits of the 22nd century are enmeshed in the age old war of two alien races.In this strange world, each year brings the ritual Grand Comabt between the Firvulag and the Tanu, possessors of the invincible mind armouring necklet THE GOLDEN TORC Blurb to the 1982 Pan paperback editionThe second episode of The Saga of The Exiles takes us deeper into May s bizarre, cruel and beautiful Plio [...]
As with the first book in the Saga of Exiles series, this the second is remarkable for its meticulous and absorbing world building I did feel, however, that all the detail rather obscured the plot, which was slow to unfold and not sufficiently signposted Often, I found myself enjoying the scenery without knowing where I was going There are a lot of characters a LOT which made it difficult to remember who was who and tough to feel any sense of engagement These quibbles aside, THE GOLDEN TORC does [...]
Good 2nd book in the series The story to me picks up and flows somewhat better than the first book Nice SiFi and fantasy blend Recommended
Rereading this since years and it has become clear that part 1 and 2 of the Saga of the Pliocene Exile belong to the same story and could have been published in 1 part So if you are interested in this, just read 1 and 2 after each other Part 1 the many colored land describes the Exiles and the technicalities of the journey to the past, while part 2 gives background on the aliens, their habits and the symbiosys between Men and Tanu Firvulag There is no need to give an synopsis with a fanatasy he [...]
A disappointing read after the first book I am not sure if I want to read a third although I am curious about what happens next The first book was a goodread, but this one lacks cohesion, has too many bizaare confusing characters the plot gets lost.
So much good world building, with attention to the mythical detail that made it so clever One series I always enjoy re reading RIP Julian May
One of the best parts of the Pliocene space opera with a great ending.
Me ha gustado menos que el anterior, pero era de esperar cuando no hay el elemento sorpresa.Esta vez se ha centrado m s en acci n fant stica t pica y menos en la amalgama de consecuencias temporales, mucho m s interesantes que no la t pica super batalla de final de libro.No me acaba de gustar lo que hace con ciertos personajes, especialmente lo de volver in tiles a unos mientras otros se vuelven super poderosisisimos de las maneras m s inc modas Y a ver si para el 3o ya abandona a los cansinos d [...]
This entry feels fantastical than the first, although science definitely still factors in It is richer in action and intrigue and perhaps a bit less focused on character development.This is a difficult book to sum up, since so very much happens It s an action packed chunkster, providing the reader with information and new settings without ever feeling like an info dump The medieval like flare of the Tanu and the goblin fairie shapeshifter qualities of the Firvulag are stronger in this entry, an [...]
Die Revolution geht weiterDieses Buch stellt den zweiten von vier B nden des Plioz n Zyklus von Julian May dar Einen berblick ber den Inhalt des Zyklus und die Reihenfolge der B cher habe ich bei meiner Rezension zum ersten Band Das vielfarbene Land gegeben Um diese Rezension k rzer zu halten verweise ich an dieser Stelle auf diese Rezension.Am Beginn des Romans gibt es eine sehr gute und ausf hrliche Zusammenfassung, diese kann die Lekt re des ersten Teil nat rlich nicht ersetzen, wenngleich ma [...]
If you have gotten this far, you will know what the setting is to the Saga of the Pliocene Exile You may also be wondering what, exactly, is going on with the four characters that went to the Tanu capital of Muriah And that is where the book picks up.So, the reader finds themselves backwards in time before the rebel uprising at the end of The Many Colored Land to catch up with Bryan, Aiken Drum, Elizabeth, and the Viking Stein Theirs is a much politically driven story, as they maneuver the conn [...]
I wanted to give this second volume in the series a better rating but I just couldn t do so The story itself is involved and entertaining than the first volume but May manages to manhandle the European lore motif until it s less like reading a sci fi fantasy novel and like a college level mythology class Potentially interesting characters in which the reader might have vested empathy are abstracted and stereotyped until no one really cares about what will happen to them The remaining character [...]
Originally published on my blog here in August 1998.The second of May s Pliocene set Saga of the Exiles series, The Golden Torc continues from where The Many Coloured Land left off The humans from the group focused upon in the first novel are continuing to make a large contribution to the alien society they have found themselves in Aiken Drum is insinuating himself into the highest echelons of society Elizabeth is trying not to let the Tanu take advantage of her newly recovered mental capacity R [...]
I ve read these quite a lot I can zip through em I sort of do love them.
Finished this a while back as part of my summer commitment to read SFF It s good for the brain Julian May really caught me by surprise I hadn t heard of her until I read Chabon s paean to tricksters and SFF in Maps and Legends which I also recommend The Many Colored Land took me a while to get into, but by the time I got a third of the way through I just devoured it and then chowed my way through Golden Torc This book starts to weave back together the fates of Group Green, and if you re even ha [...]
These are the first books I have read by this author and I absolutely loved it In the future, a time portal is discovered that can transport people back to the Pliocene era A lot of people choose this exile rather than continue living as they have, but a surprise awaits them A race of aliens crash landed on Earth and dominate the era, using humans in their fight between their two factions, the Tanu and the Firvalug Torcs control the populace and enhance physic power, creating a world of slavery [...]
The Pliocene Exile Galactic Milieu saga is a masterpiece of SF F, and this second book in the series stands out as one of the most brilliantly constructed volumes of the series With the stage set and the preliminaries out of the way in The Many Colored Land, here May is free to follow the implications of the human group s arrival in the past to its surprising but entirely logical conclusions on multiple fronts We get to see how the machinations of individuals and factions play out against the ba [...]
4,5 Una vez dispuestas la piezas en el primer libro de la serie, May se dedica a moverlas camino de un final aplastante Retomamos el rastro de la mitad del grupo verde que se dirigi hacia Muriah, la capital de los ex ticos All se convertir n sin quererlo en parte de las luchas de poder entre las diferentes facci n de Tanu Mientras los hombres libres del norte preparan la siguiente fase de su plan Y todo ello con el Gran Combate cada vez m s cercano.Un relato que transcurre en una senda donde se [...]
The first book in the Saga of the Exiles finished with the attack on Finniah In this book we follow the two parts of Group Green as one lot integrate with the Tanu overlords in the capital city, Muriah, and the others travel there with the hope of wrecking the Tanus infrastructure It all culminates in the Grand Combat on the White Silver Plain.Julian May s characters are terrific, each with a depth that s unusual in such a large cast The descriptions of the mind powers and the mental battles are [...]
The only reason I did not review this was because I was too busy trying to get through the next book, so I am writing this quickly, months later The Golden Torc was AMAZING I loved it and became a big fan of Aiken Drum Overall, I loved the four books in this series, and if I had to rank them, I d say the Golden Torc was the best, The Many Coloured Land was second, The Non Born King was third and the last book, The Adversary, was my least favorite The Adversary was still good, however, and it did [...]
In general I give all series two volumes to entice me to read further in this case, May has failed utterly Somehow she has taken a good concept and serviceable storytelling and written a book almost entirely devoid of interest The few sympathetic characters she presents have so minor a role that finding out what happens to them has next to no appeal I ve watched all people and events become slowly sterile and cold, and in the end I had to push myself to read the last hundred pages I m left with [...]
Exotic aliens with mind numbing and creative psychic powers enslave humans who have time travelled six million years into the past And this book 2 4 describes the buildup to the great combat that takes place on silver plains between effectively elves and goblins Shape shifting, fireballs, betrayal, love, prophecy, challenge, score sheets and pesky humans combine with a great inundation that washes many characters clean away Pulling on Celtic myths, playing fast and loose with geology, and genera [...]
I liked the first book in the series and so started the second book I finished it.However, my main problems are,there are so many side characters introduced and I didn t feel a connection to most of them Most of the fav from the first book do not appear or are brushed aside and the style of the first book, which was of a quest, gives way to page after page of political bickering.It is not my style but I encourage anyone who wants to read this book to go ahead There are good points, the other re [...]
I first heard the plot of this book described during lunch in the cafeteria of my high school I m very happy to finally have read it for myself It does not disappoint, although knowing what was going to happen probably dulled the shock of the ending a bit In any case, really like how the author wove the fantastical elements of the story together with scientific speculation on possibly actual geologic events I m looking forward to the next two books in the series to see how this saga plays out.
By A.D 2110 nearly 100,000 humans had fled the civilized strictures of the Galactic Milieu for the freedom they thought existed at the end of the one way time tunnel to Earth, six million B.C.But all of them had fallen into the hands of the Tanu, a humanoid race who d fled their own galaxy to avoid punishment for their barbarous ways.And now the humans had made the Tanu stronger than the Firvulag, their degenerate brethren and ritual antagonists Soon the Tanu would reign supreme Or so they thoug [...]
Characters run the gamut of achieving their dreams, only to have them crash down, ridiculously insane battles of psychic power illusion, tragedy befalls, and lives and the status quo are threatened to go nova May really created a weird mix of brassy salt of the earth sometimes veering on antagonistic archetype, but also reminding of David Eddings fantasy series characters character types clashing in X Men style battles, Celtic myth strewn through Star Trek aliens, with a clinical biologist geolo [...]