Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Buy Used
$8.99
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by Dalociont
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Contains no writing or highlighting, no torn or missing pages. Binding is tight, dust jacket is in excellent condition.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

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

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
Book 5 of 5 in the Virga Series

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$2.89 $0.01

Best Books of the Year So Far
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year So Far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
click to open popover

Editorial Reviews

Review

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 on Queen of Candesce)

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 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 on Sun of Suns)

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 on Sun of Suns)

A classic space opera. (The Globe and Mail (Toronto) on Sun of Suns)

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 on Sun of Suns)

About the Author

Karl Schroeder lives in Toronto, Ontario.

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

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: 6 x 1.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,679,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this series. The story could have ended after the 3rd book and it would have been a great story, but the last 2 books don't ruin it or anything, and the characters and the world were fun enough that I was glad to find that I could read about them some more. (It's too bad that venera fanning didn't show up more, but oh well) The 4th book was a bit slow, but that lethargy doesn't continue in the last one.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A fantastic conclusion to a wonderfully inventive series. Schroeder pulled out all the stops on this one. New ideas for the weightless world of Virga, all the characters from previous novels plus some new ones, and perhaps the fastest moving plot of all the five Virga novels combine to finish the series on a spectacular note.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is an excellent final volume to a great series. I've really enjoyed this series so much. Karl mixes the right amount of adventure, science, imagination, and humanity. He has some great characters, particularly the two main females. I will miss the series, but it was one heck of a ride. I can't wait to see what he writes next. He deserves a larger readership, as he's one of the best. He's certainly my favorite SF writer.
1 Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse