THE RISEN EMPIRE: BOOK ONE OF SUCCESSION. New York: Tor, . Octavo, boards. First edition. "The Succession sequence – THE RISEN EMPIRE (2003) and THE KILLING OF WORLDS (2003), both fittingly assembled almost immediately as SUCCESSION (2003) as the two volumes together in fact comprise one tightly woven novel –- is space opera, and deals with conflict between a rigidly controlled galactic empire and its foes (including a deadly hive mind and Berserker-like drones), which may or may not be justified in attempting to topple the seemingly immortal emperor who is concealing a dirty secret about the undead in his service. The protagonist, an emotionally reticent tactical genius, masterminds intriguingly narrated battles between his ship and more heavily armed foes, with super-weapons adroitly deployed, and the tale climaxes with a sense of prologue: a sense that there is much more to be told. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#154107).
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