Sequel to The Golden Queen (1994), Wolverton's problematic hybrid sword/science-fiction space opera involving far-future Irish warriors, talking bears, and invading insectoid ""dronons."" This time, as warrior Gallen O'Day and innkeeper Maggie Flynn prepare to wed, Gallen receives a message through his magic mantle from Everynne, the human ruler of the galaxy, summoning him to planet Tremonthin, where human genetic engineering has reached a pinnacle of creativity. Gallen, as Lord Protector of Tremonthin, will have such tasks as: protecting Cerevanne, a genetically highly advanced Tharrin; seeking out and destroying a sinister secret society, the Inhuman; and fighting off a new invasion of dronons. Maggie, meanwhile, has problems with a greedy uncle, while Orick the talking bear ponders joining the priesthood. Beyond the pale. Only fans need apply.