(From the publisher):
Allen Allenson is a young gentleman by birth, though he was born and raised on the distant colonial planet of Manzanita rather than Brasilia, the homeworld. With the help of noble relatives, he expects to work his way to a position of respect in his society. If matters go as he plans, he will end his days as a country squire on a comfortable estate.
Allenson is happy to oblige when his relatives send him on a search for investment opportunities in the Hinterlands, the worlds beyond formal settlement and formal law. In that wilderness, he finds scattered traders, desperate families hoping to make a better life for their children, once-human Riders who range the universe in a symbiotic relationship with great crystalline Beasts - and the soldiers of Terra whose rivalry with Brasilia is extending to the colonies.
But Allenson finds one more thing in the Hinterlands: his manhood. When rivalry between the homeworlds turns to bloody war, the colonies will need a leader -
AND THE HOUR HAS FOUND THE MAN!
Original title: Into the Hinterlands
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Adventure→ Militaristic
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Adventure→ Space Travel & Exploration