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Warner, Apr 2002, 6.99, 512 pp.
ISBN: 0446610771

    The Ghengis Khan pirates attack the merchant space ship Mukudori murdering the adults and enslaving the children. During the fracas, eight-year-old Joslyn Musey kills one of the assailants. Impressed by the courage of the obviously frightened youngster, the pirate leader Falcone decides to keep Jos as his personal toy while selling the remaining captives. Falcone begins training Jos on how he expects the lad to behave.
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    When the Ghengis Khan ship lands on a space station, Falcone takes Jos with him. However, the Striviire-na, known by mankind as the deadly Strit, attacks the station. Jos escapes from Falcone only to be taken prisoner by the Strit. He is taken to their home world, Aaian-na. They begin to brainwash him so that as an adult he will loathe his own kind and become a future pawn when the Strit invade their mortal enemy, humans.

    WARCHILD is a strong science fiction tale that easily explains why Karin Lowachee won the Warner Aspect First Novel contest. The thrilling story line cleverly balances plenty of action with full character development. The depth of the tale enables the audience to live Jos' plight and believe that the Strit exist. The story line is used to tell the adventures of the star while furthering the understanding of the key cast especially Jos. Fans of alien space wars will fully relish Ms. Lowachee's debut novel.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   great warrior Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   feelings of a human growing up among aliens

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid


Spaceship setting:    -   really, really giant spaceship/station Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a fair amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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