Synopses & Reviews
"Intrigue, drama and romance converge in Nebula winner Asaro's latest Skolian Empire adventure, an enthralling stand-alone that fills in the early history of the empire."--Publishers Weekly
"Skyfall (4 ½ Stars), the latest in Catherine Asaro's excellent Saga of the Skolian Empire, combines hard SF with evocative, personal storytelling. Asaro's saga merges sweeping space opera, military fiction and exhilarating romance. Impeccable world-building, flawless plotting, intriguing characters-there is not a fault to find with this book. Skyfall is a gift to established fans and the perfect chance for new readers to become addicted to Asaro's unique brand of storytelling."--Romantic Times
"It takes an intense, intrigue-filled climax before true love's course runs at all smoothly. Chronologically the earliest saga episode, Skyfall pleases like its predecessors."--Booklist
"The consistency of Catherine Asaro's Skolian Universe setting allows for the potential for many great and wondrous prequels and sequels, and the thrill of watching consistent and lucid character development is truly a joy in a genre increasingly filled with hackneyed and clichéd character stereotypes. Well written prequels are rare gems. Asaro mixes brilliantly designed and conceived characters with a great romantic plot to create an enticing and enjoyable story."--SF Revu.com
"Catherine Asaro's Saga of the Skolian Empire may be the most important and entertaining science fiction series to originate in the 1990s. Newcomers should start with the ninth novel, Skyfall (2003); it takes place a generation earlier than, and sets the stage for the previous novels."--Amazon.com
The latest adventure in the Nebula Award-winning series goes back to the beginning, to the rebirth of Skolia, showing how a chance meeting on a backwater planet forges a vast interstellar empire.
The Birth of an Empire
Skyfall goes back to the very roots of Skolia, showing how a chance meeting on a backwater planet forges a vast interstellar empire. Eldrinson, a provincial ruler on a primitive planet, is plagued by inner demons. But when he meets Roca, a beautiful and mysterious woman from the stars, he whisks her away to his mountain retreat, inadvertently starting a great interstellar war, and birthing the next generation of rulers for the Skolian Empire.
About the Author
was born in Oakland, California and grew up in El Cerrito, just north of Berkeley. She received her Phd in Chemical Physics and MA in Physics, both from Harvard, and a BS with Highest Honors in Chemistry from UCLA. Among the places she has done research are the University of Toronto in Canada, the Max Planck Institut für Astrophysik in Germany, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Her research involves using quantum theory to describe the behavior of atoms and molecules. Catherine was a physics professor until 1990, when she established Molecudyne Research, which she currently runs.
A former ballerina, Catherine has performed with ballets and in musicals on both coasts and in Ohio. In the 1980s she was a principal dancer and artistic director of the Mainly Jazz Dancers and the Harvard University Ballet. Catherine still teaches ballet in Maryland.
Catherine's fiction is a successful blend of hard science fiction, romance, and exciting space adventure. She has published more than ten novels, almost all of which belong to her Saga of the Skolian Empire, including The Quantum Rose, which won the Nebula Award for best novel of 2001
Her husband is John Kendall Cannizzo, an astrophysicist at NASA. They have one daughter, a young ballet dancer who loves math.