Synopses & Reviews
Kevin J. Anderson's New York Times
bestselling books set in the Star Wars
universes and his collaborations with Brian Herbert on the new Dune
novels have made him one of science fiction's most wildly popular writers. Now Anderson brings the classic tradition of grand space adventure to an epic new creation: a vast panorama of galactic civilization facing imminent war.
Having colonized the worlds of the spiral arm, the three branches of humanity the Earth-based Terran Hanseatic League, the telepathic Green Priests of Theroc, and the fiercely rebellious, starship-dwelling Roamers consider themselves lords of creation. After all, humans share the galaxy with only two alien species, one harmless and one extinct. The benign Ildirans are an ancient, senescent civilization, while the Klikiss vanished ages before, leaving behind vast ruins filled with technological wonders but no clues to their mysterious disappearance.
So humans, ambitious for new territory, see the galaxy as theirs for the taking. And when two xeno-archaeologists discover a Klikiss device that can convert gas giant planets into new, life-giving suns, the humans promptly put their new technology to the test. The result is hideous beyond imagination... For the supposedly uninhabitable gas giants are the homeworlds of another alien species the hydrogues. Infinitely more advanced than the Ildirans, supremely more powerful than the Klikiss, and now the victims of accidental genocide, the hydrogues don't seek explanations, apologies, or reparations. Instead, armadas of invincible, city-sized warships emerge from their gaseous worlds with a single purpose: to annihilate every last human whether Earth-based, Theron, or Roamer.
Suddenly, humans need allies, but the Klikiss can't help them and the Ildirans won't. In their pride, the upstart worlds of man have misunderstood the brutal realities of the galaxy...and now face their own impending doom.
"We find it wondrously imagined and zip-driven in paper-thin rose. Loyalists will leap aboard and groan with delight at a cliffhanger ending that arrives all too soon." Kirkus Reviews
The author of the "New York Times" bestsellers "Dune: House Atreides" and "Star Wars: Darksaber" delivers the first book in an all new epic sci-fi trilogy.
Having colonized other worlds, humans are certain the galaxy is theirs for the taking. But they soon discover the horrifying price of their arrogance when a scientific experiment awakens the wrath of the previously unknown Hydrogues and begins a war.
About the Author
Kevin J. Anderson is the author of Climbing Olympus and many other novels, including the New York Times bestselling "Jedy Academy" trilogy. His science fiction novel Assemblers of Infinity, written with Doug Beason, was a finalist for the Nebula Award, and his short fiction has appeared in magazines and collections including Full Spectrum, Analog, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and many more. He is also a technical writer for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, and has published a number of articles in Astronomy Magazine and the Materials Research Society's technical journal, MRS Bulletin.