Synopses & Reviews
For half a century, Earth has been on the brink of total war with an implacable alien race. Biologist Anna Perez is the first to discover the truth-the hwarhath have segregated their society strictly along gender lines, to prevent the warlike males from harming women and children. In their eyes, humans are a dishonorable and barbaric race who may require extermination...
"Immensely satisfying....I will not be a bit surprised to see Ring of Swords
on the next round of award ballots." -Tom Easton, Analog
"A remarkably suspenseful book....I plan to devour [Arnason's next book] with the same delight and intellectual relish that I found in this one." -Russell Letson, Locus
"At last, a non-predictable, thought-through, can't-stop-reading-it story, full of complicated and irresistible people, some of them human....Enjoy! Enjoy!" -Ursula K. Le Guin