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Separated for decades by circumstance and political machinations, the Ruby Dynasty, hereditary rulers of Skolia, struggle to bring together the tattered remnants of their family in the shadow of a disastrous interstellar war. Too many have died, others are presumed lost, yet Dyhianna, the Ruby Pharaoh, must move quickly if they are reassume their rightful place as rulers o Separated for decades by circumstance and political machinations, the Ruby Dynasty, hereditary rulers of Skolia, struggle to bring together the tattered remnants of their family in the shadow of a disastrous interstellar war.
Too many have died, others are presumed lost, yet Dyhianna, the Ruby Pharaoh, must move quickly if they are reassume their rightful place as rulers of the Skolian Empire. Paperbackpages. Published August 19th by Tor Science Fiction first published Saga of the Skolian Empire 7. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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I didn’t much care for this reread. I like Dehya but in many ways this book is just retelling of the same story but yet another point of view. Each installment over laps with last and next book. It’s beginning to feel a bit tiring. Dec 29, Darth rated it did not like it. This felt more more like a soap opera than I care for. The liking or not of this book appears to be chromosomally linked to the presence or absense of the y.
XX seems to find this wondrous true to life imagining of far future lands and peoples. Those holding XY seem to think it is boring, and perhap Sphericql felt more more like a soap opera than I care for.
Those holding XY seem to think it is boring, and perhaps runs a distant second to a nap. As a Y holding member, it must be time to take action based on spjerical way this book made me feel. Dyhianna Selei awakens in an unknown wood.
Looking down at her youthful looking body the first thing she remembers is her age, As she slowly pieces together her memories, she will remember a desperate escape from an interstellar conflict of massive destruction, and the key role she will have to play in its aftermath.
Notes on characters and family history are followed by genealogical tables and a timeline for this book and the preceding six books in the series. May 13, Mike rated it liked it. One of the more enjoyable books in the series I have read so far.
Tied up a number of the loose ends from earlier books. It would have been a good place to end the series, I hope it wasn’t a mistake harmonoc it kept going. Jun 14, Josephine rated it really liked it. Mar 05, Joe Karpierz rated it it was amazing. When last cathwrine saw her, Dyhianna had escaped the war by stepping into one of the Locks that the three Keys – you remember those, don’t you? You would think that after 9 or so books in the series, each of which contains information on not only what has gone before but the whole setup of everything, I would remember.
The book begins with Dyhianna beginning to, for lack of a better term, coalesce into the “real” world, fading in and out of reality, on the moon Opalite. She is found by a local, who believes she is one of the Traders, and thus takes her prisoner. Over time, she convinces him that she is, in fact, who she says she is. In fact, Opalite spheical one of the locations where she has some secret security protocols set up for situations not unlike this one.
She manages to get the protocol activated and gets in touch with some folks in the Skolian fleet, one of whom is her sister-in-law Vaz Majda As a side note, there is another woman of the Majda clan who is currently acting as the Pharaoh. Keep that in mind as we go through all this. As the narmonic progresses, Dyhianna At this point I’m taking up as a challenge the cwtherine to type that catherind.
Typing her last name is the easy way out. I should have taken that. In an interesting parallel, Dyhianna wants to reunite her family as well as reunite the Ruby Dynasty and return it to its rightful place as the ruling family of the Skolian Empire.
This, of course, is easier said than done. First, of course, there’s the argument that “well, we’ve been doing it this way a long time, it works, why should we change it now? As I said earlier, the Pharaoh is the titular head of the empire – she has no real carherine.
Spherical Harmonic by Catherine Asaro
Then there’s the necessity of basically leading a mutiny on the ship she is on, taking over so she can go to Earth and get her family, which is essentially imprisoned there by the Allieds.
And then there is the issue of having to convince her people that this is really the right way to go about doing things. Certainly not an easy path to follow. There are of course other things to set into action in terms of the plot – just what about all those kids that were left on Earth with her ex-husband, and especially the one that apparently is now sitting on the Carnelian throne?
Yeah, there’s a lot of stuff going on here. This is a nice entry in the Saga of the Skolian Empire. I believe, and I could be wrong, this is the first book in the series to be told from first person perspective I expect many of you to correct me if I’m wrong. And while a bit jarring at first, I eventually slid into the narrative without much trouble. What was even more jarring was yet another new narrator. I’d just gotten used to Anna Fields, and now we have Liza Caplan. My wife, who has also listened to these books, said Caplan sounded like a whiny teenager.
While I don’t know about that, I will say that Caplan’s voice being in a different register certainly unnerved me for a while, and she pronounces many of the words differently than Fields did. You would think they’d have a pronunciation guide for these things.
I’ve long since comfortably settled into the Skolian Empire universe, and I’m okay with that. Apr 07, John Loyd rated it it was amazing. Spherical Harmonic pages by Catherine Asaro. When Spherical Harmonic starts Dehya wakes up very confused on the moon Opalite. As the first few chapters pass she starts remembering more. This is probably to catch up readers w Spherical Harmonic pages by Catherine Asaro.
This is probably to catch up readers who haven’t read Radiant Seas as well as setting a tone for the book. Dehya has spent so many decades as a key in the psiberweb that she is fluctuating from being totally in the physical universe to having some of her being in Kyle space.
After the adventure on Opalite she goes to Delos, the Allied world that was a neutral ground for all three empires — Allied, Skolia and Traders.
The events in Ascendent Sun, where we follow the actions of Kelric, are happening concurrent to our story.
So when Dehya gets to Delos actherine finds that Eldrin is there and not a prisoner of the Traders the reader isn’t surprised but the characters are startled. The Radiance war has thrown the Skolian Imperialate into disarray. The psiberweb is gone so communication is now at the speed of ships rather than instantaneous.
The story has some politics in it. Whether Skolia should be ruled by the Assembly democratic or by the Ruby Dynasty turns out to be a key. There are different sections of the military. Then there are the Allied Worlds, who were the weakest of the powers before Skolia and the Traders decimated each other. The book starts harmpnic bit slow, but picks up as Dehya regains more of her memories.
Cahherine fun reading, The reader knowing things, e.
It’s another really excellent Skolian universe book. Oct 01, Rebecca rated it really liked it.
I have read the entire Saga of the Skolian empire I think what draws me to these books is that not only is the science based on actual theories, making it a “hard science fiction” world rather than a magic one, but Asaro lets the character development and imagery flower. This book in particular is absorbing because of the intricate mathematical theories that overlay the very real political and perso I have read the entire Saga of the Skolian empire This book in particular is absorbing because of the intricate mathematical theories that overlay the very real political and personal drama.
I also love how this book, Ascendant Sun, The Radiant Seas, and Catherins Moons Shadow all intertwine and illuminate the same event from several harmomic perspectives. Had all of the story strands and characters been in the same book, it would have been very long and confusing. This way, you get to stretch out the enjoyment of a story moment by reading it several times in several voices.
Feb 22, Rainbowjay rated it it was amazing. I’ve thought about how to write a review for asado book. I liked it, no I loved it but how to describe it? Well, anyone who’s read Catherine Asaro knows her writing and stories and this is another fine example. The thing that makes this book hard to explain is the math and science.