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Publisher Comments:

One of today's bestselling and most critically acclaimed writers of science fiction and fantasy, C. J. Cherryh has been entertaining readers for more than thirty years with beautifully imagined, complex novels of intrigue and adventure. With Hammerfall she began an entirely new universe — her first in three decades — and an enthralling tale of mystery and survival on a desert world devastated by nanotechnology. Now she returns to the captivating universe of The Gene Wars in a brilliant, visionary story that reaches from the desert to the stars.

Forge of Heaven

At the far edge of the galaxy, tiny Concord Station holds a unique place in the universe — the one place where humans from Earth, the strange Outsider worlds, and the extremely powerful, alien ondat all coexist, bound together to the fate of the fragile world below. Scarred by vicious nanotechnology unleashed by the powerful ondat, this lone desert planet acts as the crucible to determine whether there can be peace between the far-spanning empires of the universe, or unending, unstoppable war to rival even the cataclysmic Gene Wars that once devastated untold galaxies.

Born the son of a desert prince, Marak trin Tain knows all too well the knife edge between diplomacy and disaster. Centuries ago he was caught in the battle between the terrorist First Movement and Earth, and the resulting destruction when the ondat sent planet-crushing missiles to prevent contagion from uncontrolled nanotechnology. Now, immortal but not invulnerable, he shepherds the evolving world and its brave inhabitants toward a new future. But this utopia is hardly idyllic, and a journey of discovery becomes one of desperation when a violent act of nature threatens even Marak's own survival.

High above on Concord Station, intrigues andalliances from every faction of Earth and the Outsider colonies fight for influence, while the implacable ondat pursue their own unfathomable goals. In the midst of dangerous collusion, all the watcherProcyon wants is to record the miracles of the planet evolving below, sharing in the undreamed-of wonder of watching a new world grow. But the surprise arrival of a ship from Earth upsets the delicate balance of power on the station, and a deadly attack becomes the opportunity for rebellion. Caught up in a web of danger and intrigue, Procyon will step far beyond his comfortable life into a nightmare of dangers, as plot within plot unravels with disastrous consequences.

For the fate of one man could decide the future of human and alien alike ... and the ondat are watching.

Review:

"Although it begins quietly and occasionally slackens pace...this story is not to be underestimated. It carries the reader along as it gathers momentum toward the stunning and unexpected ending that is realized with masterly aplomb." Paula Luedtke, Booklist

Review:

"[A] suspenseful sequel....Given the elaborate backstory and complex galactic milieu, readers would be well advised to start with Hammerfall." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A desperately complicated setup that finally explodes into action halfway through. Is it worth it? Well, just about: the plot's going nowhere, but such is Cherryh's storytelling skill that you almost don't notice." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

From a 3-time Hugo Award Best Novel winner comes the exciting and long-awaited follow-up to Hammerfall, the second novel of the Gene Wars.

About the Author

C. J. Cherryh—three-time winner of the coveted Hugo Award—is one of today's best-selling and most critically acclaimed writers of science fiction and fantasy. The author of more than fifty novels, she makes her home in Spokane, Washington.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780380979035
Publisher:
Harper Voyager
Location:
New York
Author:
Cherryh, C. J.
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Life on other planets
Subject:
Nanotechnology
Subject:
Human-alien encounters
Subject:
Space ships
Subject:
Space warfare
Subject:
Science / General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Gene Wars
Series Volume:
02
Publication Date:
June 1, 2004
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.29 in 23.52 oz

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Product details 416 pages Eos - English 9780380979035 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Although it begins quietly and occasionally slackens pace...this story is not to be underestimated. It carries the reader along as it gathers momentum toward the stunning and unexpected ending that is realized with masterly aplomb."
"Review" by , "[A] suspenseful sequel....Given the elaborate backstory and complex galactic milieu, readers would be well advised to start with Hammerfall."
"Review" by , "A desperately complicated setup that finally explodes into action halfway through. Is it worth it? Well, just about: the plot's going nowhere, but such is Cherryh's storytelling skill that you almost don't notice."
"Synopsis" by , From a 3-time Hugo Award Best Novel winner comes the exciting and long-awaited follow-up to Hammerfall, the second novel of the Gene Wars.
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