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Daw, May 2004, 6.99, 368 pp.
ISBN 075640214X

At one time Nate Black was one of the best hackers in the world, getting into systems that if caught could get him life in prison. Now he is a college student majoring in computer programming when he gets a series of emails from a totally anonymous person referring to him by his hacker name Azrael. He tries to ignore the notes until the day he is pulled into a portal that transports him into a medieval like world where the race of man treats the Ghadi like animals to be used, discarded and slaughtered.

Once the Ghadi were intelligent until the College of Man learned the magical words that transferred them into little more than dumb animals that can be trained. In this world the College of Man rules the kingdom in everything but name as they are effectively a church that has the power to decide what can be taught to the masses. The King and a scholar in the college are planning a coup, not caring that it will mean mass slaughter of both man and Ghadi. Nate, who has learned that the Ghadi are not what they seem, uses his computer programming spells to construct a spell that will hopefully level the playing field.


Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   overthrowing govt/kingdom Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one culture tries to impose its culture on another group Intense exploration of society's culture?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   20's-30's Really unusual traits?    -   Super genius

Setting

Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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