[a Skolian Empire Novel]

Book - 2011
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Multiple Nebula-award-winning Catherine Asaro continues her brilliant and intricate Skolian space opera opus. Two galactic emperors attempt to end a multi-generation war of the stars without both getting assassinated in the process.

The leaders of the Eubian empire and Skolian Imperialate have survived political intrigue, military coups and murder attempts as they worked to forge a peace treaty between their two empires. Now comes the hard part--making the treaty a reality.

Assassins are poised on both sides. Their mission: eliminate the leaders for the "crime" of striving to end half a millennia of hatred between empires. And as the main players in the peace process attempt to navigate the Byzantine convolutions surrounding the negotiations, an explosive pop anthem, Carnelians Finale, sweeps across three civilizations, its message inflaming passions. The violence escalates and militaries on both sides are called forth. The hope: to keep both empires alive long enough so that their rulers might somehow achieve peace at last.

About Catherine Asaro's Skolia saga:
"Entertaining mix of hard SF and romance." --Publishers Weekly

" Asaro's Skolian saga is now nearly as long and in many ways as compelling as Dune, if not more so, featuring a multitude of stronger female characters." --Booklist

"Rapid pacing and gripping suspense." --Publisher's Weekly
Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen Books ; New York : Distributed by Simon & Schuster, c2011.
ISBN: 9781451637489


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Feb 07, 2019

Asaro is a talented writer: I wish she were more prolific as it is a long time between book. She outdoes herself in this one and I highly recommend it for new and old fans of the series.The story brings together all the members of the Skolian family as they all help in efforts to begin the long path toward peace between the two empires. I'm glad to see Del from Diamond Star involved and becoming closer to his older brother. Many plots on both sides trying to prevent the treaty are foiled. Insights and movations of main characters are revealed. The game of Quiss assumes greater importance as a means of communication and possible agent of cultural change in Aristos society. The tragic heroic character of Jabriol is allowed a temporary private moment to finally meet his larger family. Kelric's isolation from his wife and estranged children may be somewhat relieved by assuming guardianship of a newly-discovered young relative. I wonder if this book will be the end of this particular series. Perhaps it will lead to a new one that picks up with the new younger generation? At this time my library has no other titles by Asaro.

Sep 01, 2017

Lovely futuristic cold war novel.
Skolian characters puzzled at Vanilla clue thrown out by Del or exasperated at Kerlic & Dyhianna playing Quis.

Feb 08, 2013

For fans of the Skolian Empire series this book is a welcome return to the familiar characters of previous novels in the series. The last of Catherine Asaro's efforts, Diamond Star, seemed to be a departure from her usual writing in that it was low on action and high on angst. In this novel she returns to the intrigues of the world of the Aristos and the efforts of emperor Jabriol to bring peace between his empire and that of the Skolians. The book is filled with intrigue, tension, and action, along with the introduction of a few new and interesting characters.

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