The imperious Winter colonists have ruled the planet Tiamat for 150 years, deriving wealth from the slaughter of the sea mers. But soon the galactic stargate will close, isolating Tiamat, and the 150-year reign of the Summer primitives will begin. All is not lost if Arienrhod, the ageless, corrupt Snow Queen, can destroy destiny with an act of genocide. Arienrhod is not without competition as Moon, a young Summer-tribe sibyl, and the nemesis of the Snow Queen, battles to break a conspiracy that spans space.
This is a childhood favorite. Unfortunately, though for the most part it does hold up fairly well–and has been noted for its gorgeous cover art–rereading it again years later does bring to light some… problems.
But it still remains one of my favorite things, a book I know so well that I can review it from memory.