Ashes of Candesce (Paperback)
Book Five of Virga
Tor Books, 9780765324931, 384pp.
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
A world of endless sky, with no land, no gravity: this is Virga. Beginning in the seminal science fiction novel Sun of Suns, the saga of this striking world has introduced us to the people of stubborn pride and resilience who have made Virga their home; but also, always lurking beyond the walls of the world, to the mysterious threat known only as Artificial Nature. In The Sunless Countries, history tutor Leal Hieronyma Maspeth became the first human in centuries to learn the true nature of this threat. Her reward was exile, but now, in Ashes of Candesce, Artificial Nature makes its final bid to destroy Virga, and it is up to Leal to unite the quarrelling clans of her world to fight the threat.
Karl Schroeder's Ashes of Candesce brings together all the heroes of the Virga series, and draws the diverse threads of the previous storylines together into one climactic conflict. Blending steampunk styling with a far-future setting and meditations on the posthuman condition, Ashes of Candesce mixes high adventure and cutting-edge ideas in a fitting climax to one of science fiction's most innovative series.
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Praise For Ashes of Candesce: Book Five of Virga…
“Schroeder's world-building continues to be fascinating, and the intrigue among inbred nations thrown into confusion by an outsider keeps the pace at a satisfying clip.” —Booklist on Queen of Candesce
“Schroeder's world-building, storytelling, and character-drawing chops seem strong enough to given even Known Space run for its money.” —Locus on Queen of Candesce
“A rousing, old-fashioned, pulp-like adventure yarn.” —Starlog on Sun of Suns
“A classic space opera.” —The Globe and Mail (Toronto) on Sun of Suns