Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!
I want to thank you for your patience! I have been steadily reading, no, a better word would be *devouring!* the end of the Trade Pact novels ahead of moving into the Reunification trilogy! You could say, my attention to focus on anything else has been ill-attempted, as I am even finding ways of bringing up the Clan & the Chronicles of their journey both on Cersi and within the Trade Pact universe each chance I can insert a small tidbit of my readings, due to how cross-relating the series has become for me!
You can take little nuggets of inspiration out of the Clan; their journey is not too unlike our own living history – they were attempting to build not only legacies of their culture, tradition and beliefs but they were determined to survive at all costs, once they felt they were in supreme danger! This has been true of the Clan since the very beginning – their entire saga is about how one cluster of people dared to think they could live ‘offworld’ amongst aliens they never knew in order to preserve their chances of survival in the long-term!
The reason I am thankful of your patience, is because as I hinted about when I concluded my readings of “Ties of Power” and “To Trade the Stars” – my readings have been delayed at different intervals these past few weeks due to extreme lightning storms! The last of which killed my computer but blessedly I was able to recover my personal files, which in of itself made the sting of the loss hurt less, as in the past, I’m used to having computers die without ever being able to get the files back! This made the transition a bit easier – as I have a lovely new computer in which to blog from and as I work towards understanding how to use it (ooh there is always such a strong learning curve when you make a switch!) I will be blogging my ruminative thoughts about “The Gate to Futures Past”.
The only hiccup really is that I had a bit of a migraine during the transitional process – as the settings on the new computer were affecting me a bit as the text was smaller than normal. I’m hoping to resume with the fierce focus I’ve had as soon as my migraine alleviates and thus, giving me the chance to share my impressions of the 8th Clan Chronicles novel! Don’t worry dear hearts – I sorted out the settings and moving forward from here, I shall not have a relapse!
I was able to release my review of “This Gulf of Time And Stars” – as foresaid, I haven’t been without the Clan for awhile now! Even during the most intensively driven storm raging outside, I’ve been reading the Clan! I’ve felt so hugged tight to Sira & Jason’s story – it surprised me a bit in the end, as originally I could never have fathomed how I could draw such a closely knitted connection to them, after Aryl & Enris!! I credit Czerneda for this – for if the Trade Pact hadn’t been a proper challenge to soak inside & fully understand all those moons ago in November when I first picked up “A Thousand Words for Stranger” – I would have completely been re-missive in knowing who Sira and Jason even were! I love being challenged by the books I am reading, and it was wicked wonderful knowing that if I hadn’t pushed myself forward to re-assert what was going on in Trade Pact space, I might have missed one of the best romances I’ve ever read!!
Being able to have a conversation with the author of a series that has become a beloved series of mine to read – where the joy of reading Science Fiction has returnt to me on the level I originally felt bewitched by what Sci-Fi can bring to your mind & imagination as a seventeen year old – is truly the blessing of reading Julie E. Czerneda’s Clan Chronicles! She’s not only re-inspired my mind for Science Fiction but she’s taken me on such a heart-centred journey into her character’s lives, I feel ever grateful for having spent the time I have with each of them! Even if they had to depart from the journey along the way, the moments I had with her characters are so cherished, I shall never quite forget the experience I’ve had reading about #whoaretheclan! Stories like these become fixtures in your heart and forever mark a standard of enjoyment that is hard to surpass!
I cannot wait to continue reading the collective works of Ms Czerneda once I read the very last page of the current release “The Gate to Futures Past” – knowing full well, it will be a very long, long wait til the final novel in Reunification releases next year! I’m on pins of anxiety already – I’ve come through the hardest bits thus far, and I cannot even imagine what shall await my eyes next year! I am bracing myself now, for Ms Czerneda has a way of surprising you whilst giving you an emotionally dramatic tale to etch itself into your own heart-print of memory!
If you are following the #futurespasttour,
I am thankful I can bring you a conversation about the series as a whole whilst encouraging you to read each trilogy in turn, if this is your first time finding The Clan Chronicles!
Be sure to stay afterwards and leave a comment or note for the author!
Remember: brew a cuppa & enjoy your visit!
About the Clan Chronicles:
The Clan Chronicles is set in a far future where a mutual Trade Pact encourages peaceful commerce among a multitude of alien and Human worlds. The alien Clan, humanoid in appearance, have been living in secrecy and wealth on Human worlds, relying on their innate ability to move through the M’hir and bypass normal space. The Clan bred to increase that power, only to learn its terrible price: females who can’t help but kill prospective mates.
Sira di Sarc is the first female of her kind facing that reality. With the help of a Human starship captain, Jason Morgan, himself a talented telepath, Sira must find a morally acceptable solution before it’s too late. But with the Clan exposed, her time is running out. The Stratification trilogy follows Sira’s ancestor, Aryl Sarc, and shows how their power first came to be as well as how the Clan came to live in the Trade Pact. The Trade Pact trilogy is the story of Sira and Morgan, and the trouble facing the Clan.
Reunification will conclude the series and answer, at last, #whoaretheclan.
And what will be the fate of all.
Cover art by Matt Stawicki | Site | Facebook
The Clan Chronicles | the reviews as they appeared on Jorie Loves A Story
Readings were in November, 2015 & August/September 2016 in multiples of four.
*arriving on #JLASblog as soon as I can finish my readings!
I eagerly await to read To Guard Against the Dark (Reunification, No.3) in October, 2017!!
How did you initially conceptionalise the Yena to live between sky and land? As their presence on Cersi was such a unique one and quite symbiotically tied to their trade agreements with the Tikitik. You gave us such a living sphere of Cersi, first through the planet’s living spirit and then through its people. I was curious the process you took to create such a vibrant world?
Czerneda responds: In the Trade Pact, we meet the Clan as part of a highly technological society, surrounded by comforts and civilization. They aren’t merely adverse to living away from those things; I make it clear they couldn’t, not without help. In a way they aren’t whole, being detached from the worlds on which they live. Strangers there, not part of the biology. In contrast, I wanted to show the ancestors of the Clan as very much part of a natural world. I wanted lush, vivid, perilous and beautiful, seemingly immutable yet subject to violence. The jungle canopy is all of that.
It’s also stratified, by what thrives at different levels of sunlight. Many organisms in the higher reaches never descend to the ground during their lifetime, though may fall as corpses. At the canopy’s top, anything with wings soars across what seems impenetrable and mysterious, much like the surface of an ocean. For the story to unfold, I needed all of that: to have the Yena Clan unable to descend, as if trapped, yet with a clear and instantly visible escape, to us. For if only they could fly. Read More