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This book was part of the Del Rey Discovery series, which I am making a point of reading ALL of The feel of this book reminded me of another in that series Delia Marshall Turner s Of Swords and Spells I m not surprised that the same editors would have selected both It also reminded me a bit, at first, of The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley although not as good Ronica, a self important young woman brought up in privilege, in a starfaring society, because of her mental powers, is shocked t This book was part of the Del Rey Discovery series, which I am making a point of reading ALL of The feel of this book reminded me of another in that series Delia Marshall Turner s Of Swords and Spells I m not surprised that the same editors would have selected both It also reminded me a bit, at first, of The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley although not as good Ronica, a self important young woman brought up in privilege, in a starfaring society, because of her mental powers, is shocked to find herself stranded on a primitive planet, with no memory of how she got there., and without her most valued mental strengths But soon, she finds herself in the tent of a strong and seductive primitive tribal leader, and begins to make herself a place in this new society At this point, the romance element in the story gets a bit heavy, and the end suffers from a case of too many radical revelations, too quickly but overall, this was a good first novel, and an enjoyable sci fantasy tale I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the writing I thought it was a good entertaining read with believable characters. |READ EPUB ♑ Commencement ☦ The Sting was what made Ronica McBride special that, and the years the interstellar government called the Com had invested in teaching her how to use it Class C talents could use the power called gathering to control their own bodies the less common Class Bs used pathfinding to alter the inner workings of mechanical things but only the rare Class A could use the Sting and it was that unparalleled power over other minds that made Ronica the most valuable resource in the ComNewly graduated and ready to use her Class A talent, Ronica McBride should have had the worlds at her fingertips But instead she was lost on an unknown planet, hurt, alone, with no memory of how she had gotten there and she had lost her StingGathering and pathfinding were tools, not weapons Without her Sting, Ronica could not stop the Stonehouse dwellers who rescued her from promptly trading her away to the chief of a primitive tribe And as Ronica struggled to find a place for herself on the wilderworld, accept her loss of talent, and regain her missing memories, she began to discover that everything the Com had taught her was a lie