|NEL paperback, 1975 reprint. Illustration: Bruce Pennington|
"Lewis Orne, a man with great personal magnetism, makes planetfall on Hamal. He is a freewheeler, but his assignment is precise this time, to detect and signs of latent aggression in this planet's population, situated as it is on the edge of a war-weary and devastated galaxy.
He finds, to his astonishment, that his extrasensory powers, til now not underdeveloped some would say, are without measure. Soon he is invited to join the company of the 'gods' on this planet. The world he enters, the fantastic journeys and rites he performs are a masterly tour de force with this highly acclaimed imaginative writer.
From the author of the DUNE trilogy"