Synopses & Reviews
A brilliant talent unique in speculative fiction, multiple Hugo and Nebula winner Octavia Butler is the creator of extraordinary novels that combine the cultural vision of Alice Walker and Terry McMillan with the cosmic scope of Ursula K. Le Guin and Doris Lessing. Powerful, thought-provoking, and filled with white-knuckle suspense, this is one of her classic novels...
The combined mind-force of a telepathic race, Patternist thoughts can destroy, heal, rule. For the strongest mind commands the entire Pattern and all within it. Now the son of the Patternmaster craves this ultimate power. He has murdered or enslaved every threat to his ambition except one. In the wild, mutant-infested hills, a young apprentice must be hunted down and destroyed because he is the tyrant's equal...and the Patternmaster's other son.
"A lively futurescape...a literature of survival." Ms.
"Reminiscent of Zelazny at his best." Science Fiction Review Monthly
"Butler's books are exceptional....Butler is a realist, writing the most detailed social criticism and creating some of the most fascinating female characters in the genre...the hard edge of cruelty, violence, and domination is described in stark detail...real women caught in impossible situations." Village Voice
"Butler's spare, vivid prose style invites comparison with the likes of Kate Wilhelm and Ursula Le Guin." Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Octavia E. Butler is the author of many novels, including Dawn, Wild Seed, and Kindred. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Award and a Nebula Award, and she has twice won the Hugo Award. She passed away on February 24, 2006, at the age of 58.