London: Victor Gollancz, 1971.. Octavo, boards. First British (and first hardcover) edition. Sixth installment in the author's future history series. Earth has reverted to barbarism. The alien Shing crush all efforts to rekindle learning and science. A leader appears who may be able to help them, but he is himself an alien. Can he be trusted? The third Hainish novel. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 681-66. Reginald 08807. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#156416) (Inventory #: 156416)
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