Cover illustration by Brian Salmon
First published by Houghton Mifflin in 1978.
A fixup novel based on:
Publisher’s Blurb – Lower Cover
- The Broken Dome (1978)
- The Serpent's Death (1978)
- Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand (1973)
In a world poisoned by nuclear radiation, Snake travels through the barren desert lands, healing the sick and easing the suffering of those beyond her help. Snake serum effects her cures, so when her precious dreamsnake is accidentally killed, Snake must find another, or forfeit her vocation.
Her search seems futile: Snake has always been taught that dreamsnakes cannot be bred, and their natural source is unknown. It is only when she challenges these established truths and looks beyond the knowledge of her people that Snake finally penetrates the heart of the dreamsnakes’ biological riddle.
"A book like a mountain stream - fast, clean, clear, exciting, beautiful"- Ursula LeGuin
"Dreamsnake fuses the elements of quest, far-out medicine and love story into something moving and marvellous"
- Daily Telegraph
"Has beauty, style, overtones of myth and fable, and a superbly realised cast of characters . . . the high point of the year’s new novels, for me"
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