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Ruler of Naught (Exordium Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Sherwood Smith , Dave Trowbridge
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Book Description

REWRITTEN FOR EBOOK, WITH NEW MATERIAL. In the sequel to The Phoenix in Flight, Brandon vlith-Arkad, who fled the Mandalic Palace and his old life only hours ahead of assassination, is now heir to the Panarchy. He wants only to rescue his father, the Panarch. But everyone wants a piece of him. The Dol'jharians, who smashed the Panarchy and took his father prisoner. A Rifter pirate and her crew, who helped him escape a doomed planet--twice--and now wonder what to do about a royal prisoner with the price of ten planets on his head. And the remnants of the government of the Thousand Suns, for whom he'd at best be an inconvenience.

And that's before things go seriously pear-shaped. Racing ahead of the light-speed news of their attack with FTL comms and weapons looted from a fortress built millions of years ago, the Dol'jharians and those Rifters allied with them are consolidating their victories. Elements of the Panarchist Navy struggle to understand what's happening, find surviving units, and strike back. And Eusabian of Dol'jhar, now master of the Mandala from which his defeated enemy once ruled the Thousand Suns, awaits news of the Heart of Kronos, the missing key to ultimate power.

Which lies in the hands of Brandon's captor. The chase is on, and unexpected detours await.

Product Details

  • File Size: 882 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Book View Cafe; second edition (December 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QP64DU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,710 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeking out the Lost Kingdom June 8, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A series of five books, engagingly written and complex in depth and scope. Allthough difficult to understand, at first, some of the terminology, the depth and construction makes them a very worthwhile read. ALAS - the publisher printed very few of the series, and only ran a /single/ printing of the fourth book - making it impossible to find. They were published by Tor, which seems to have that habit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Series Evolves January 7, 2012
By kjk
Format:Kindle Edition
As a huge fan of the original five book series, I have been waiting impatiently for the eBook versions. I was both intrigued and a bit trepidatious when I read on their newsgroup that they were substantially re-writing portions of the series, especially the first couple books. Intrigued because I have to say the 3-4th books are by far the ones I re-read constantly, and the 2nd one probably gets the least re-read love, and trepidatious because, well, Han shot first.

Happily, the first two volumes of the Exordium series have been wonderfully expanded upon. Characters are much more fleshed out, so there is less confusion who is who (a common problem in the heat of battle). The pace is breakneck, as events unfold quickly and kept me turning (or in this case, tapping) the pages, even though I've read the originals many times. There are just enough changes to keep the entire reading experience fresh and suspenseful, while keeping the charm of the originals intact. Amidst all the clashing ships, the futuristic tech, the allusions to the (our) past...what stays with you are the characters-they truly come alive in the series, and you will want to follow them to Ares, the Suneater, and beyond.

Highly recommended to both fans of the original, and new readers who love character driven stories, the glorious scope of space opera, and chocolate sauce in zero G.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the books, but they are IMPOSSIBLE to find! August 30, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read about the universe in which Exordium is set in in an anthology of science fiction stories called A Starfarer's Dozen. The name of the short story was "Suraki" and i absolutely loved it, and wanted to read more, but the books are IMPOSSIBLE to find! What the heck is going on??
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Space Opera "Keeper"! October 17, 2012
By ChrisO
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Wow - I don't know how I missed this series when it first debuted in the '90's, but I'm sure enjoying the updated version that authors Dave Trowbridge and Sherwood Smith are introducing (this is apparently a re-write of the originals). Space pirates, vengeance-driven quests for world domination, an empire at stake - it's all here. Everything that one would wish for in a grand space opera, including a coming-of-age theme in the protagonist/hero, great characterization and world-building, and even a bit of humor is woven into these novels. I think folks who enjoyed the first three "Star Wars" movies, and broad, sweeping stories with good characterization like Michael Hick's "In Her Name" series, will enjoy Ruler of Naught - but I'd recommend starting with the first book (Phoenix in Flight), where the premise of the story and main characters are introduced, especially as the story is building and expanding as one moves from the first to the second book. Enjoy! Now, if they would just hurry up with the new release of the next in the series (A Prison Unsought)....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sci Fi opera series August 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read all five books many times. And was excited to see them coming out in ebook format. I am happy to say they have actually made them even better with this release. I just wish they would get on with doing the rest!!! Its almost like reading them for the first time because there are new things and nuances that have been added. Great job!
IF you want a very deep very engrossing story... this is it.
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More About the Author

Sherwood Smith studied in Austria, finally earning a master's in history--she's been a governess, a bartender, and wore various hats in the film industry before turning to teaching for 20 years. She began her publishing career in 1986. To date she's published over forty books, nominated for several awards, including the Nebula, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and an Anne Lindbergh Honor Book.

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