Goodness! A Darkover novel in all but name, really. Well, OK, obviously not quite, but one can certainly see the very distinct resemblance. An interesting read. I enjoyed it.
Next I read a Novella by Brandon Sanderson: Legion
, which I got at Kobo with a 90% off code.
A fascinating idea, and I'd be interested in reading a longer story involving this character.
And now I'm reading The Keeper's Price
by Marion Zimmer Bradly et al., an authorised collection of short Darkover stories by various authors that I got in a Fictionwise 60% off sale.