Golden Witchbreed
Mary Gentle
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Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM By Mary Gentle

A spellbinding backdrop of planetary diplomacy, intrigue, and betrayal highlights this magical fantasy story of a world facing a pivotal point in history and of the woman who must make a choice that could save or destroy its civilization.
  • Title: Golden Witchbreed
  • Author: Mary Gentle
  • ISBN: 9780451158482
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Paperback


Jennifer Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
I read this many years ago. It was all I remembered and more. I was able to immerse myself in the world and it's people. This wasn't a story full of action and heroics. More it was a story of people, politics and what is the right thing to do. We should not judge what we do not know or understand. I was sad to leave this world.
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Jessica Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
Not many of the escapist fantasies from my childhood have stood the test of time. Golden WItchbreed only got better now that I'm older and wiser and can tune into a layer of adult cynicism about the nature of relationships, between individuals and between states that underlies the tone of swashbuckling wonder. All around good book. Intriguing well fleshed out characters that have complex, believable relationships and dialogue; a well paced plot that is original and unpredictable; a fully fleshed [...]
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Kate Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
Golden witchbreed is classic first contact science fiction where earth is learning about another planet's civilization. I agree with the reviewer downpage who said that the book reminded them of Left Hand of Darkness because it had the same sort of depth and roundedness to the world building. Golden Witchbreed is the story of the earth envoy to Orthe, a post-holocaust society on a planet badly damaged by a previous hi-tech civilization. Lynne Christie the earth envoy is cautiously welcomed by so [...]
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Julianne Hunter Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
This is one of my very favorite books of all. Mary Gentle creates a thoroughgoing alien culture that is entirely compelling. I read it about once a year. You should, too!
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imyril Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
Earth has mastered FTL travel, and diplomats and xeno-teams are being sent all over the galaxy to establish relations with our neighbours. Lynne Christie - relatively inexperienced, but with 2 primitive planets under her belt already - is sent to Orthe / Carrick V after the previous envoy died in part, she realises, because she is expendable. Close to androgynous, subtle and close enough to human for boundaries to slip, the Ortheans have a deep-seated fear of high technology based on legends of [...]
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Simon Mcleish Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
Originally published on my blog here& in July 2000.Lynne de Lisle Christie is a diplomatic envoy, sent out to newly discovered inhabited worlds to decide what level of contact is appropriate between them and the rest of the galaxy. Though not of great experience, she is sent to the pre-industrial planet Carrick V. This world is not, however, what it seems: it is in fact post-industrial, having rejected the technology used to enslave the now dominant Orthean race by those known as the Golden [...]
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Clare O'Beara Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
Golden Witchbreed is astonishingly good. You should first read Ursula LeGuin's The Left Hand of Darkness, the archetypal SF novel of an ambassador to an alien world where the people seem like us, but are not.The ambassador from Earth here is female and her blonde hair is enough to make the superstitious dark-haired people she meets suspect that she is one of the previous ruling class, the golden witchbreed as they are now known. These aliens are derived from reptiles and still reproduce by layin [...]
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Ginger Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
This was one of the first novels I read off the sci-fi rack at the school library as a teenager. It was an interesting story, but I'm not sure I was the right audience for it. The story dragged on for a very long time with not a lot of action or movement. This book could have been one-third its final length and have been a more engaging novel. I found it dull, and I only kept reading it because I was curious why the book was so danged thick. I figured if I stuck with it, something might happen t [...]
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zjakkelien Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
I liked it enough to finish it, but it was a bit laborious to read. I liked the world and the discoveries, but it was too descriptive for me. Ok, we´re on an alien world, so I´m ok with some descriptions of what is different, but I don´t want to know what every single plant and animal looks like, most certainly not if you´re then going to move to a different part of the world where everything looks different again. I felt a bit the same about the storyline; did she really have to be (view sp [...]
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Neil Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
I liked this more for the nostalgia of "old school" sci-fi than any great writing or original sf themes. LeGuin did it more deeply with "Left Hand" and Cherryh more enjoyably with the Chanur Saga, Faded Sun trilogy, and then later, the Invader series. Still, there is charm in reading pre-Internet, pre-Hubble, pre-Singularity sf that simply enjoys the concept of exploring an alien civilization and all that says about who we are as humans. It is what I grew up reading, and so still have quite the [...]
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Ruby Hollyberry Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
I thought I would like this from the title, but I didn't. It was boring and ho-hum, with a lackluster world as background. Later on I figured out I just do not like Mary Gentle's work, once I'd read Rats and Gargoyles, which was truly awful.
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Will Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
Interesting plot, and a writing style that will drive you mad with indirection.
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Amy Hearn Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
I really wanted to like this book. I really did.There's alien and then there's *alien* - and this was SO alien that it rendered me rather uninterested in the plight of these strange nearly emotionless creatures.I also wanted to like the main character, but she was so stiff and weird, it made her really unlikable.The world building was magnificent, the culture fascinating, but I just couldn't warm up to any of the characters in this book. In the end I was rather frustrated.
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Rachael Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
Absolutely fantastic. One of the best sci-fi books I've ever read - and an amazing delve into the human-as-other/alien theme. Questions of gender, nucleomituphobia, technophobia, reincarnation, religion - so many amazing subjects dealt with, and all with grace and moving, likeable characters.
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Rik Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
This was an interesting read, feeling more like fantasy than science fiction for the most part as there was very little emphasis on the technology aspects to the world. The little discussed witchbreed, their history, and technology was for me an unscratched itch throughout the book, as it really sets the back drop to the plot rather than being what the book is about. As the back of the book says, this is really an alien political intrigue /human nature story, with a bit of violence, made complic [...]
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Nicolas Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
Ce roman se déroule sur la planète Orthé, peuplée d'extra-terrestres avec lesquels une délégation terrienne est entrée en contact. Au sein de cette délégation, Lynne Christie est l'émissaire de la Terre, chargée d'évaluer cette civilisation et de déterminer si cette planète est "fiable". Elle va donc entrer en contact avec les dirigeants de la plus grande nation de cette planète, et se trouver intégrée à leurs jeux politiques plus ou moins tordus, bien montrés par son premier [...]
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Laura Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
This is a fun story. It's not quite first contact but close. It's also the first science fiction I've read about a post-tech civilization, very intriguing. At times it felt rushed but that's because I'd gotten involved in the story and events were happening quickly, making me feel off my center also.I enjoyed this the first time I read it. It still holds up as an epic read.
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Rob Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
(6/10) Sci-fi and fantasy fans can get kind of obsessive about worldbuilding. And when it's done right, it's a remarkable feat -- creating a world so interesting and appealing that people dedicate massive wikis to describing every facet of it. There are certainly "realistic" novels that provoke a similar feeling and succeed at creating an entire world, but only for SFF does this often seem to be a main goal. Mary Gentle is going for that kind of world here. The Orthean society she develops is co [...]
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Yefim Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
3.5*Mary Gentle’s work is always full of promise, yet somehow manages to fail to satisfy in the end. This book, a kind of budget version of the “Left Hand of Darkness,” is no exception. Lynne de Lisle Christie, an Earth idienvoy is sent to the planet Carrick V to establish contact with the primitive humanoid aliens who live there. Instead she ends up riding, hiking, and sailing all over the world while assassins and other unpleasant people are trying to inflict various sorts of nasty thing [...]
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Kari Chapman Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
This book was set in a highly creative and well-thought out world. This is both a strength and a weakness. The world is very detailed and the author clearly spent a lot of time figuring out language, customs, history and geography. However, I felt the plot wasn't given enough attention. At over 100 pages (~20%) in there hasn't really been much happening with the story - an ambassador from a different planet arrives, finds that their presence is controversial and is encouraged to travel in order [...]
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Tabz Jones Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
I come back to these two books (Ancient Light being the sequel) like visiting old friends you haven't seen in a long while. The characters of this otherworld of Orthe are fully realized and the depth of detail in mood and personality made them almost real to the introverted teen I was when I "stole" the first copy I read from my older sister.As other reviewers have said, the book is long. However, rather than being "tedious", I find the attention to detail is exactly what makes these books so in [...]
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Brian Palmer Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
Mary Gentle writes about a galaxy intentionally modelled on the British Empire's expansion: almost every planet is occupied by intelligent life, and the British are intent on establishing relations (in particular, trade relations) with the local governments to help settle an Earth that's in desperate need for resources and expansion. To handle this, career diplomats are trained and set out, with few resources other than letters of introduction and the prestige of distant Britain.That's all the b [...]
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Shane Moore Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
As awful as the cover of this book is, the actual story it tells is pretty good. Less than a generation after humans discovers faster-than-light travel, they have found over 100,000 planets inhabited by intelligent life, and Earth is strained to send even the most inexperienced emissaries to most of them. Lynne Christie is one such emissary, sent to a planet that appears at first glance to be in a Medieval period, complete with a fallen pseudo-Roman civilization in the planet's history. However, [...]
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Nathan Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
Human diplomat arrives at a newly discovered alien planet to make proper contact with the natives and determine what level of interaction with Earth it can handle. Gets caught up in the Machiavellian local society and politics.A1 for world building, here. The Orthean society is well put together and internally consistent, the geography and history of the place is clear and detailed and does go some way towards explaining why society is what it is.But the plot is quite lacking. Diplomat goes from [...]
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Suzy Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
A human ambassador, Christie, travels to an alien world which has humanoid (but not human) inhabitants, the Ortheans. An advanced civilization once dominated there thousands of years ago, its people nicknamed the “Golden Witchbreed,” but it self-destructed and collapsed. The surviving people continue living in a less advanced society – somewhat equivalent to a medieval era – to the present day in the novel, deliberately avoiding technology as it is seen as threatening, and the “Goldens [...]
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scarlettraces Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
ah, the 80s and their terrible fantasty covers. my copy is also from the 80s but has an unobjectionable Peter Jackson-style cover with an implausible ship and Tathcaer in the background. i must have last read this in the 80s but i don't have much of a memory of it - rereading now i'd say 10 points for atmosphere and world-building but the plot is weak - it's frustrating spending most of the book waiting for the politically savvy, tricksy, game-playing characters to work out who the bad guy is. p [...]
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Jessica Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
I read this way back in high school, and I remember really enjoying it. Flash forward to a couple months ago, I'm browsing my favorite used book store for stuff to send to my nephew, and I see it. I thought, "Oh wow, I remember really loving this!but what was it about?"After I laughed at myself, I added it to my purchases and when I got home, started reading it.It's every bit as good as I remember. Probably even more so, since I get so much more of it now. I love the main character, the impossib [...]
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Jacqui Henderson Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
This is a regular re read for me. I love it. I'm there on Orthe with them and each time I read it (usually every 2 or 3 years) It's like going to a favourite holiday place, you slip right back into it and yet still something surprises you! I have never read the sequel and still don't feel the need to, but perhaps one day. This just always feel complete to me the way it is, the point it ends the reasons all the main characters are where they are at that point. You know the story goes on, each of [...]
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Katie Bee Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
I loved the worldbuilding in this book. The plot is at times hard to follow, but the world and the characters are rich and engaging.2018 edit: Wow, less than three years later and I'd completely forgotten I read this book until I came on to log it. That makes sense, though - the plot is meandering and forgettable. The author has created a vibrant, complicated world, but I came away from the novel feeling like her focus was on the worldbuilding at the expense of plot and characterization. A lot o [...]
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Seagoat Jun 27, 2019 - 07:03 AM
One of the books I revisited again and again. I think the deep immersion in an alien culture, plus a certain amount of teenage romanticism when I first read it makes this one of my all time favourite books. I hated the sequel. Am also not a huge fan of any of her other works. Something special in the characters in this book I think.Haven't read in ages, so its possible I might have a different view now.
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Golden Witchbreed By Mary Gentle A spellbinding backdrop of planetary diplomacy, intrigue, and betrayal highlights this magical fantasy story of a world facing a pivotal point in history and of the woman who must make a choice that could save or destroy its civilization.

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