By Catherine Asaro
(Baen Books, Hardcover, 9781451637489, 373pp.)
Publication Date: October 11, 2011
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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.