The Snow Queen
by Joan D. Vinge
Arienrhod. As beautiful as she was ancient, she ruled Tiamat, whose
twin suns circled the Stargate that linked her world with the
galaxy-spanning Empire. But the Stargate was closing, the offworlders who
both enriched and dominated Tiamat would leave soon, the rule of the
Winter folk would give way to that of the semi-civilized Summers,
and Arienrhod's reign -- and her arcanely prolonged life -- would end.
The Snow Queen had planned against this time, secretly cloning an heir to
be brought up among the Summer people. Moon Dawntreader grew up ignorant
of her heritage, yet was drawn to fulfill her destiny in the ancient city
where Arienrhod held court -- contending with the Queen for the body and
soul of the man who loved them both.
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