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My nan bought me a book back in the 80's. It was the last of a trilogy and I never read the first two. The story was told by a princess and the world on which she lived royalty had auburn hair and the working class were blonde. The queen through special bracelets was able to harness the power of the sun but there was also something genetically different about her to do so. She had to through a life changing event in order "to change". The story starts off with the princess waiting at the foot of a mountain for her sister who is overdue. The sister had gone off on a hunt in order to change and it is implied that she has died like another sister. The princess meets a hunter instead, shares a meal with him and then heads back to the palace. There she finds her father is leaving because he can't bear seeing his daughters die. There are some other humanoid aliens living on this planet and are more scientifically advanced and are able to test the daughter and find she is missing this genetic component. The queen then takes the hunter for a mate and becomes pregnant. The princess, hunter and scientific alien then go off on a quest to find her paternal grandfather who was kidnapped by aliens years ago and cloned. My memory gets hazy now but there's something about cat like humanoid aliens called something like silth/ seeth and the grandfathers consciousness has been woven into silk by spinners. Anyway she returns home with the silk accepting that she won't be queen to find her mother has given birth to a daughter who will be queen.

If it helps I got the impression that the first two books are about the father and mother. The alien race who abducted the grandfather would clone their captives and then place the babies on different worlds and then harvest them when they are older. The mother changed by fighting off the aliens when they came back for the father.

Any ideas?

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This is the Sunstone Scrolls Trilogy by Sydney Van Scyoc. The books are; Darkchild, Bluesong and Starsilk. It is also available in a single volume, called Daughters Of The Sunstone.

The people hibernate each winter, but the rulers spens their time awake and alone, collecting the power of the sun to thaw their valleys in the spring. They are called Baronhas, and only bear daughters. "Daughters" is actually three separate stories, each the length of a short novel.

The first, Darkchild, revolves around the cultural and personal clash when a princess of a far-future race of evolved humans on a distant planet meets a mysterious boy who is completely devoid of emotion or knowledge of any kind. Their strange relationship literally alters the course of humanity.

The second, Bluesong, takes place a generation after the events of Darkchild and is more concerned with the broader clash of entire cultures -- both those separated by geography and those separated by the gulfs of space.

The final, Starsilk, recounts the fantastic journey to a distant planet in order to discover the truth behind a mysterious voice that carries over eons and light-years through alien cloths (Starsilk).

  • Is there a catlike race called the silth / seeth? – Valorum Jan 15 '15 at 19:04
  • Yes, the cat-like aliens in the last book are called sithi. – sueelleker Jan 15 '15 at 19:49

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