Far-Seer

{4.5/5} “Some of the moons moved quickly across the sky, others took several tens of nights to cross from horizon to horizon. All went through phases, waxing and waning between the extremes of showing a fulling lit circular shape and appearing as simply a black circle covering the stars. What did it all mean?”

Far-Seer by Robert J. Sawyer, published in 1992

Afsan is an apprentice astrologer. When he’s on his Pilgrimage he uses the newly invented far-seer to look carefully at the planets and moons at night. He makes a series of discoveries, including the fact that his world is actually a moon — and because of its proximity to the planet known as The Face of God it’s going to be destroyed at some point in the not-too-distant future.

Some books take a while to get into. This isn’t one of them — you’ll be engrossed in this intriguing world right from the start. All of the characters in this novel are sentient dinosaurs, and the character of Afsan shares some similarities with Galileo. The character of Dybo is a great one — funny, but also enthralled with being a prince.

This book is the first of three in the Quintaglio Ascension.

I previously reviewed Sawyer’s novel Triggers.

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