Tor, Mar 2004, 27.95, 588 pp.
Though they have pretty much conquered the planet Kundala after a century plus of resistance, the victorious aliens V'ornn remain in combat with the locals. The natives believe their messiah, the “Dar Sala-at” will save them. The Kundalan belief that their legendary savior will help them overthrow the V'ornn invaders has lifted the spirits of the natives and helped them resist the intruders.
The impossible occurs when a Kundala female named Riane appears with her own soul and that of the dead Annon, a priest of the V'ornn. The Kundalans believe that Riane is their messiah who will vanquish the conquerors, but to do so they must obtain the mystical Pearl that only the true Dar Sala-at can yield its power.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner