Warner, Apr 2002, 6.99, 512 pp.
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.
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.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner