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The Steerswomen (and an occasional steersman) roam their world gathering information, which is stored in their Archives for study: their knowledge is available to anyone who will share information freely with them, so that it is customary to answer a steerswoman's questions as honestly as possible. Steerswomen in return are expected to answer all questions accurately and truthfully to the best of their ability. The wizards, however, jealousy guard their secrets of magic, and generally regard the steerswomen as beneath their notice. Therefore it comes as a shock when the Wizards attempt to kill steerswoman Rowan, in protest of her studies of some unusual gems. Why are the wizards so threatened by her studies? Rowan must know the truth, even though she must resign as a steerswoman and practice the painful arts of lying in order to find it.
Original title: The Steerswoman
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Planets & Societies
This work is a subwork of the following works :
Steerswoman's Road, the (2003) [Omnibus Volume]
Author: Rosemary Kirstein