I used to read science fiction by the ton, then I drifted away. I had heard about Olivia Butler, and when her Patternist tetralogy turned up on one of my subscription lists for $1.70, I decided to take a chance. I mean 4 books for $1.70 is quiet a bargain. Well, not only was it a smokin’ deal, the books are mind-boggling.
This is the first book in the series and introduces Doro and Anwanyu. He is a being thousands of years old, who extends his life by taking over another’s body. She is a 300-year-old healer and shapeshifter. He is trying to breed individuals with psychic powers, and she is attempting to prevent him. This book is their initial struggle for mastery.
I am deep into the second book now, and it just keeps getting better. I’m glad I took a chance on an author new to me.