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The Quantum Rose (Saga of the Skolian Empire) Paperback – February 18, 2002
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
Read the absorbing new psychological suspense thriller from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Marisha Pessl. Learn more
“Fans of futuristic romance will revel in the delights of a top notch romantic adventure set against an impeccably crafted, richly imagined background. . . . Connoisseurs of good science writing, vivid imagery and powerful emotional intensity are in for a real treat.” ―Romantic Times (4 1/2 stars)
From the Back Cover
A New Adventure in the Saga of the Skolian Empire.
Kamoj Argali is the young ruler of an impoverished province on a backward planet. To keep her people from starving, she has agreed to marry Jax Ironbridge, the boorish and brutal ruler of a prosperous province. But before Argali and Ironbridge are wed, a mysterious stranger from a distant planet sweeps in and forces Kamoj into marriage, throwing her world into utter chaos.
"Fans of futuristic romance will revel in the delights of a top notch romantic adventure set against an impeccably crafted, richly imagined background. . . . Connoisseurs of good science writing, vivid imagery and powerful emotional intensity are in for a real treat."-"Romantic Times" (4 1/2 stars)
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This book reads like a Harlequin Romance...in space.
Summary: Lovely damsel set to marry evil govender when dashing prince sweeps in to save her. Physical, as well as legal) battle ensues. Damsel struggles with her duty to her people while longing for her new love. (Others will probably summarize this differently.)
And the book was too long. Way too long. Plus the ending left many unresolved issues, no doubt to be left to the next installment. Maybe I should have compared it to a soap opera.
The final conflict is ridiculous. Can a planet of less than 1 million people really change the course of a galactic empire with thousands of planets and trillions of people through basically a sit-in? I don't buy it.
Two stars? I only give one star to a book I cannot read through. This one was difficult, but I made it.
Her talent with developing characters and building up to climactic scenes also shines through. For those familiar with mathematics, the main character, Kamoj, is a sort of Ramanujan but with politics. Kamoj comes from a primitive civilization, yet she is brilliant in leading a nation, as well as learning about and then dealing with political situations she's never encountered before. She also has her own personal battles, which she handles with an incredible resilience.
The character development is so good that I started to lose track of the fact that I was reading a book rather than living in the world Asaro created. One of the most difficult things, it seems, to get right in books and movies is making the interactions between characters believable, and Asaro does this very aptly. The way Kamoj transforms is subtle and in increments, which makes the ending all the more powerful.
So all in all, I recommend the book highly - thumbs up for a five star novel and author.
Science fiction at its best ... My favorite of the series is The Last Hawk