Earth has sent out exploratory expeditions in a desperate attempt to discover the nature of the alien force that wiped out at least one extrasolar civilization and now threatens Earth itself. One of the exploratory starships is stealth-attacked by the hostile aliens. The survivors, marooned among the pre-technological inhabitants of the icy world of Windhome, struggle to survive, to understand this harsh world and its few, grim people—and, somehow, to fulfill their mission. Thrown into an unwilling alliance with a Windhome outsider faction, exiled into wilderness, two of the human crew must live by this world’s bitter laws, accept the ways of its people—and eventually make a terrifying choice.
Grounded in science, rich in external and internal discovery, with vivid characters for whom the reader comes to care deeply (and with a haunting cover by multi-award winner Julie Dillon), Kristin Landon’s Windhome is The Left Hand of Darkness meets Black Robe with a soupçon of Alien.