December 11, 2011

Sunwaifs by Sydney J. Van Scyoc

Title:  Sunwaifs
Author:  Sydney J. Van Scyoc
Format:  PB
Pages:  214
Genre:  Science Fiction
Publisher:  Berkley, 1981
ISBN-13:  978-0425046456
Series:  Stand Alone

Favorite Quote:  "Feed from my strength and you will know, Nadd, sunlight, moonlight, starlight, lifelight; feed and the opaque will become clear and the clear transparent, sunlight, moonlight, starlight, lifelight; the hidden will become apparent and the apparent understood."

Synopsis (PBS):  Conceived during a sunstorm on the planet Destiny, they are the sole survivors of 300-odd afflicted babies. And as children of the entire community they are reared together in Sunwaif Cottage. Without parents, they find kinship in each other and, most important in the vast powers of nature. For the Sunwaifs are not normal.....

Review:  Children born on another planet with amazing powers, created to bring together the humans and the planet they have found.  Their powers encompass everything from healing to death, fortune telling to animal husbandry.  The story is fast to read and well-written.  I enjoyed every minute of it, but I wasn't really surprised since I've always liked this particular author.  While not as good as her Daughters of the Sunstone trilogy, this was a really good read.

Rating:  8 / 10

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