The diadem that crowned the head of Aleytys was in contact with her central nervous system - and invisible to outsiders. But even that star-born fugitive herself did not know what the diadem's powers were or what it could do to or for her. What she did know was that it made her the target of the diadem's unrelenting and non-human owners who had tracked it across space andThe diadem that crowned the head of Aleytys was in contact with her central nervous system - and invisible to outsiders. But even that star-born fugitive herself did not know what the diadem's powers were or what it could do to or for her. What she did know was that it made her the target of the diadem's unrelenting and non-human owners who had tracked it across space and were still on her trail. She herself had started in search of her own people - but before she could make progress she would have to conquer both the unyielding mind-slave band she wore and the menace it held for all in contact with her....
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I have coined a new phrase/book tag for this series: (view spoiler)[insta-sex (hide spoiler)]. This is when you meet a brand new person, and (view spoiler)[within 5 minutes are gettin' all busy with 'em (hide spoiler)]. If this sounds like the "plot" for (view spoiler)[a porn film (hide spoiler)], rest assured the book is not that bad.LAMARCHOS is Book 2 in ye ole 1970s DIADEM series. It thankfully has more action than the first, but it's still 90% fantasy + 10% SF.YAY: Aleytys learns a bit more about the diadem and its powers, while on a new planet. Some good new characters, some thievery, a small twist or two. Nice cover art (and the scene is actually in the book, more or less). The fact that "4 out of 5 men" want Aleytys [yep, says so in the book] means she's often in some sort of sexual or semi-dangerous predicament. In her spare (and more clothed) time, she plays at witch, healer, and psychic.FYI: In-between moments of danger or interest, she does remember to diaper and feed her baby (whom we met in Book 1). But then something -- oooops, I'm not telling.NAY: Aleytys can (view spoiler)[stop time itself (hide spoiler)] or defeat mighty warriors with relative ease -- but doesn't bother even trying to prevent a sexual assault or two... not even (view spoiler)[her own rape! (hide spoiler)]. But, per previous Book 1, this is really no surprise. Also as in book 1, I lost count of how many times Aleytys took a bath or ran around in her birthday suit (diadem notwithstanding). SOME DETAILS (may contain minor spoilers): (view spoiler)[In this f-d up fantasy/SF reality, (view spoiler)[rape is common and merely an inconvenience to the women, who forget about it 5 minutes later anyway. More oft than not, they are hopping a complete stranger's bones later the same day. Incredibly, there seem to be hardly any pregnant ladies about, in spite of all the pole-dancing. The men are no better; those who aren't all rapey don't complain or much care when their lady friends are molested by strangers. (hide spoiler)]Strangely, this series was written by a woman. Aleytys is a strong character, but she ain't no feminist role model -- not even close. I guess this sort of sex-by-force or insta-sex w/strangers fantasy stuff was "thrilling" in the height of barbarian SF/fantasy (1970s to mid-80s)? Perhaps it sold a few books then. Now, it's dumb. To get through it, repeat this mantra: This ain't planet Earth.To be fair, I've seen much worse in similar books in the genre. (High Couch of Silistra comes to mind; its female protagonist trips onto a pole about every 50 steps she takes. And she walks a LOT. (Note to self: slap that book with my new insta- tag as well) (hide spoiler)]VERDICT: Lamarchos isn't easy to rate. It's actually not super-explicit in the trauma to the ladies, but it's certainly overboard and ridiculous about it all. Other than that, Mrs Lincoln, this was a 3+ star book. But it gets only 2.5 from me, which I can't round up. The demerits are for the idiot horndog characters (male & female) and some other obvious reasons. Yet overall It's a fairly entertaining tale -- if you don't mind doing a lot of eye-rolling along the way. Maybe you'll enjoy Aleytys' baths, too.PS: In book 3, our protagonist will be (view spoiler)[ taken prisoner, to be sold off as a slave (hide spoiler)]. Gee, I wonder how much of an inconvenience this will be to Aleytys. I'm guessing not much at all. I'm predicting that once again (view spoiler)[she will hop a few strange poles -- or get poled semi-inconveniently -- with nary a thought about the whole matter. But she will enjoy her many, many, baths. (hide spoiler)]
I'm glad I embarked on this somewhat arbitrary quest to read books with early Michael Whelan artwork on them because I have been finding some real gems, one of which is this series. Aleytys is a young woman who has bonded with an alien diadem that endows her with psionic powers she doesn't yet understand. Searching for her mother's home planet, she finds herself thrown in with a band of thieves on Lamarchos, where she becomes a kind of missionary for the world's "spirits." This book ends, as did the first, with a clear continuation into the next volume, and I certainly intend to keep reading.
Again, this second book in the series is a weird mixture of fantasy and science fiction, leaning more towards the fantasy side. The plot is set on a different planet and we have the space thing at the beginning and the end, but the main part of the story is pure fantasy. I liked this more than the first as there was more action, particularly in the second half. There are small irritations around naming and also the unreal behaviour of Aleytys’ baby! He certainly never seems to cause any issues for his mother, or the plot!. So, an OK book. I may read #03 if I run out of other books as it is available as an ebook from the local library service.
I'm very found of Jo Clayton and read a lot of the Diadem novels way back. This is one I never finished and it's happened again. I think it is Jo's second novel. The writing is solid but little happens and goals are fuzzy. I may pick up a later one in the series at some point but I can see why I didn't finish this one years ago.
1989 grade CA Diadem novel
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