|Hamlyn SF paperback, 1979. Illustration: Tim White.|
"'what's the lion game?' asked Telzey of her captors. 'you're engaged in it now,' was their answer.
It was a game of mental chess played on the intricate closed-transit circuits of an entire world by a race of giant mentalists who acknowledged no allegiance to the civilized planets.
Telzey was a human and, as such, a test piece - either a pawn to be sacrificed or a wild queen who could make her own decisions, she was never sure which. Either way the loser would not be just one talented earthling; the loser would be a whole civilization, and possibly a few peaceful planets as well..."