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Ashes of Candesce: Book Five of Virga Hardcover – February 14, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Virga (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076532492X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765324924
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,627,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Queen of Candesce:
 
“Comparable to classic SF epics like John Varley’s Gaean trilogy and Jack L. Chalker’s Well of Souls series, Schroeder’s saga is an awe-inspiring example of masterful world-building. A myriad of themes, from rogue artificial intelligences to the evolution of human bodies and culture, make this futuristic epic one to reckon with.”
—Publishers Weekly
 
“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

“Schroeder’s world-building, storytelling, and character-drawing chops seem strong enough to given even Known Space run for its money.”
—Locus
 
Praise for Sun of Suns:
 
“A fantastically alchemical tale set in a strange yet utterly real world. Hayden is a complex and well-developed protagonist and Schroeder is an amazingly detailed writer whose world-building is superb.”
RT Book Reviews
 
“Schroeder has accomplished the enviable task of creating a fascinating new universe for readers to explore: a spaceborne steampunk environment that conjures up images of neo-Victorian-era flying vehicles traveling among piecemeal floating communities. A rousing, old-fashioned, pulp-like adventure yarn.”
Starlog
 
“A classic space opera.”
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
 
“I loved it. It never slowed down. The background is fascinating and the characters held my attention. It reminded me a little of The Integral Trees, with technology a little more advanced.”
—Larry Niven, author of Ringworld

About the Author

Karl Schroeder lives in Toronto, Ontario.

More About the Author

I was born September 4, 1962 in Brandon Manitoba. My family are Mennonites, part of a community which has lived in southern Manitoba for over one hundred years. I am the second science fiction writer to come out of this small community -- the first was A.E. van Vogt!

I moved to Toronto in 1986 to pursue my writing career. I married Janice Beitel in April 2001 and our daughter Paige was born in May 2003.

I divide my time between writing fiction and consulting--chiefly in the area of Foresight Studies and technology.

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This is an excellent final volume to a great series.
Denny Dukes
The book also raises stronger philosophical questions about the nature of consciousness and separation of mind and body.
MMcK
The final book of the series wraps up the story well.
Amazon Customer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 29, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The final book of the series wraps up the story well. Although i had expected a different ending for Hayden and Leal the author did well wrapping up the storyline. Would highly recommend all five books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MMcK on May 28, 2012
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I've thoroughly enjoyed every book in Karl Schroeder's Virga series. The real high points of the books are the stunningly creative scenarios and the easy-to-like characters, and this one is no different. I was concerned that the final book might be content to rest upon the magnificent world conjured earlier in the series, but KS pushes the limits and fleshes out every aspect of his larger universe. The book also raises stronger philosophical questions about the nature of consciousness and separation of mind and body. It's as thrilling a read as the others - I started reading not 24 hours ago and did nothing else since then but sleep, eat, and run some errands. I highly recommend Ashes of Candesce and all the books in the Virga series.
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By Amazon Customer on December 4, 2014
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Really good conclusion. Of course there is room for much more story to come. I thought that couther to some reviews there was a fairly good coverage of Artificial Nature and there are clearly many forms of AI and nano AI that could be wide ranging in implication. Clearly a unique counter point to the current doomsayers of Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking about the dangers of AI. They haven't got a clue.
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