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The Birth of an Empire
Skyfall goes back to the very roots of Skolia, showing how a chance meeting on a backwater planet forges a vast interstellar empire. Eldrinson, a provincial ruler on a primitive planet, is plagued by inner demons. But when he meets Roca, a beautiful and mysterious woman from the stars, he whisks her away to his mountain retreat, inadvertently starting a great interstellar war, and birthing the next generation of rulers for the Skolian Empire.
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Catherine Asaro's Saga of the Skolian Empire may be the most important and entertaining science fiction series to originate in the 1990s. However, its novels have not always been published in chronological order, and they share a vast cast. Newcomers should start with the ninth novel, Skyfall (2003); it takes place a generation earlier than, and sets the stage for, the previous novels.
Roca Skolia is not only the imperial heiress; she's one of the exceedingly rare Rhon psions, gifted with great telepathic and empathic powers. She's been traveling alone and incognito through the galaxy, but now she must return home. She's the Skolian Empire's sole hope of preventing interstellar war with the Eubian Concord.
Traveling the galactic backwaters has its risks, however, and Roca finds herself on Skyfall, a primitive, isolated planet. Skyfall isn't connected to the interstellar information network, so Roca can't contact Skolia; and if she misses the next starship, there won't be another for months--or years. Roca is abducted from the tiny starport by a barbaric local lord, Eldrinson Althor Valdoria--a man who, against all odds, may be another Rhon psion. Roca finds herself trapped in Eldrinson's remote mountain castle as blizzards pile the blue alien snow high...and the army of Eldrinson's barbarian rival surrounds the castle. --Cynthia WardFrom the Back Cover:
"Intrigue, drama and romance converge in Nebula winner Asaro's latest Skolian Empire adventure, an enthralling stand-alone that fills in the early history of the empire."--Publishers Weekly
"Skyfall (4 ½ Stars), the latest in Catherine Asaro's excellent Saga of the Skolian Empire, combines hard SF with evocative, personal storytelling. Asaro's saga merges sweeping space opera, military fiction and exhilarating romance. Impeccable world-building, flawless plotting, intriguing characters-there is not a fault to find with this book. Skyfall is a gift to established fans and the perfect chance for new readers to become addicted to Asaro's unique brand of storytelling."--Romantic Times
"It takes an intense, intrigue-filled climax before true love's course runs at all smoothly. Chronologically the earliest saga episode, Skyfall pleases like its predecessors."--Booklist
"The consistency of Catherine Asaro's Skolian Universe setting allows for the potential for many great and wondrous prequels and sequels, and the thrill of watching consistent and lucid character development is truly a joy in a genre increasingly filled with hackneyed and clichéd character stereotypes. Well written prequels are rare gems. Asaro mixes brilliantly designed and conceived characters with a great romantic plot to create an enticing and enjoyable story."--SF Revu.com
"Catherine Asaro's Saga of the Skolian Empire may be the most important and entertaining science fiction series to originate in the 1990s. Newcomers should start with the ninth novel, Skyfall (2003); it takes place a generation earlier than, and sets the stage for the previous novels."--Amazon.com
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