The Risen Empire

The Risen Empire

Book - 2008
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From the acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author of Evolution's Darling (Philip K. Dick Award special citation and a New York Times notable book) and Uglies , Pretties , and Specials , comes a sweeping epic. The Risen Empire is the first great space opera of the twenty-first century.

The undead Emperor has ruled his mighty interstellar empire of eighty human worlds for sixteen hundred years. Because he can grant a form of eternal life-after-death, creating an elite known as the Risen, his power is absolute. He and his sister, the Child Empress, who is eternally a little girl, are worshipped as living gods.

The Rix are machine-augmented humans who worship very different gods: AI compound minds of planetary size. Cool, relentless fanatics, their only goal is to propagate such AIs. They seek to end the Emperor's prolonged rule, and supplant it with an eternal cybernetic dynasty. They begin by taking the Child Empress hostage. Captain Laurent Zai of the Imperial Frigate Lynx is tasked with her rescue.

Separated by light years, bound by an unlikely love, Zai and pacifist Senator Nara Oxham must both face the challenge of the Rix, and both will hold the fate of the empire in their hands.

Publisher: New York : Tor, [2008], c2003
ISBN: 9780765319982
Branch Call Number: PS3573.E835 R58 2008x
Characteristics: 349 p. ; 21 cm


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Apr 28, 2018

Full speed ahead battle. With a human touch. One of great books you’ll read. Redefines our existence.

Feb 21, 2016

The first chapter almost put me off, but I carried on and ended up quite enjoying the book. The author has a vision of a dystopian future, which is probably a realistic perception that a person from this time would have of whatever actually evolves by that time. It is probably fair to say that a person from that time would feel the same about the world we live in. I think that is the point being made, and I applaud it. I will be reading the sequel.

Feb 09, 2014

The conclusion of this story is in Book 2 of Succession called "The Killing of Worlds"

Dec 27, 2013

I found this to be an epic title, comperable to the dune series, although, sadly, only two volumes long. The author has many facinating futuristic conceptions, too many to list. The characters were well developed, and the plot moved forward quickly. The descriptions and details of startship battles at significant fractions of lightspeed were the highlight for me.


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