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Skeen's Return

(1987)
(The second book in the Skeen series)
A novel by

 
 
Trapped in an alternate dimension, the tough and self-confident Skeen confronts slavers, monsters, and alien assassins in a fast-paced space adventure.

Skeen is back! Sexy space pilot and larcenous scoundrel - a tomb raider who could give Lara Croft a serious run for her money - the tough, cunning, and seductive master thief takes on a series of Herculean trials in her attempts to escape an alternate dimension in a witty and wonderful hybrid of science fiction and fantasy, space opera and quest adventure, that will enthrall fans of Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey, and Alan Dean Foster.

A fugitive "rooner" wanted by law enforcers throughout the known universe, Skeen has grit, cunning, and a closet full of more skeletons than a suburban cemetery. Now, the intergalactic outlaw is stuck in a dimension that is not her own, surrounded by a small mob of new friends and followers representing the eight different races that inadvertently stumbled into Mistommerk over the centuries. Each member of the motley entourage shares the same goal: to find a way out through the elusive Stranger's Gate.

Their road to a possible exit is twisted and dangerous, with all sorts of nastiness waiting around every turn, from hired killers to bizarre ravenous beasts to the terrible shape-shifting Sea Min. Skeen is proving to be a most wily, brave, and determined, if reluctant, leader. But with a confusing plethora of portals leading to numerous strange dimensions and worlds overlapping other worlds, she may be hard pressed to find the right way back - even if she does somehow manage to survive.

A masterwork of ingenious world-building and wild invention, beloved science fiction author Jo Clayton's Skeen's Return is a welcome return to the delightfully bizarre universe and alien life-forms so brilliantly imagined in Skeen's Leap, the first volume in an enthralling trilogy featuring one of the most endearingly outrageous heroines in contemporary speculative fiction.

Genre: Science Fiction

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Used availability for Jo Clayton's Skeen's Return

Paperback Editions

January 1981 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Skeen's Return
Author(s): Jo Clayton
ISBN: 0-88677-202-8 / 978-0-88677-202-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: DAW
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Audio Editions

July 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Skeen's Return (The Skeen Trilogy)
Author(s): Jo Clayton
ISBN: 1-71354-757-0 / 978-1-71354-757-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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May 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Skeen's Return: The Skeen Trilogy, Book 2
Author(s): Jo Clayton
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


May 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Skeen's Return: The Skeen Trilogy, Book 2
Author(s): Jo Clayton
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon AU   


May 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Skeen's Return: The Skeen Trilogy, Book 2
Author(s): Jo Clayton
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


May 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Skeen's Return: The Skeen Trilogy, Book 2
Author(s): Jo Clayton
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

August 2016 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Skeen's Return (The Skeen Trilogy Book 2)
Author(s): Jo Clayton
Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU