The Risen Empire

The Risen Empire

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
When the empire is challenged by a band of machine-augmented humans who seek to put their own gods in control by kidnapping the immortal Child Empress, captain Laurent Zai of the Imperial Frigate Lynx is charged with her rescue. Reprint.

McMillan Palgrave
From the acclaimed author of Fine Prey, Polymorph, and Evolution's Darling (Philip K. Dick Award special citation and a New York Times Notable Book) comes a sweeping epic, The Risen Empire, Scott Westerfeld's dazzling hardcover debut.

The undead Emperor ruled his mighty interstellar empire of eighty human worlds for sixteen hundred years. Because he can grant a form of eternal life, creating an elite known as the Risen, his power has been absolute. He and his sister, the Child Empress, who is eternally a little girl, are worshipped as living gods. No one could touch them.

Not until the Rix, machine-augmented humans who worship very different gods: AI compound minds of planetary extent. The Rix are cool, relentless fanatics, and their only goal is to propagate such AIs throughout the galaxy. They seek to end, by any means necessary, the Emperor's prolonged tyranny of one, and supplant it with an eternal cybernetic dynasty of their own. They begin by taking the Child Empress hostage. Captain Laurent Zai of the Imperial Frigate Lynx is tasked with her rescue.

Separated by light years, bound by an unlikely love, Zai and pacifist Senator Nara Oxham must each, in their own way, face the challenge of the Rix, as they hold the fate of the empire in their hands. The Risen Empire is the first great space opera of the 21st century.

Publisher: c2003
ISBN: 9780765344670
Characteristics: p. ; cm


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Apr 28, 2018

Full speed ahead battle. With a human touch. One of great books you’ll read. Redefines our existence.

Feb 21, 2016

The first chapter almost put me off, but I carried on and ended up quite enjoying the book. The author has a vision of a dystopian future, which is probably a realistic perception that a person from this time would have of whatever actually evolves by that time. It is probably fair to say that a person from that time would feel the same about the world we live in. I think that is the point being made, and I applaud it. I will be reading the sequel.

Feb 09, 2014

The conclusion of this story is in Book 2 of Succession called "The Killing of Worlds"

Dec 27, 2013

I found this to be an epic title, comperable to the dune series, although, sadly, only two volumes long. The author has many facinating futuristic conceptions, too many to list. The characters were well developed, and the plot moved forward quickly. The descriptions and details of startship battles at significant fractions of lightspeed were the highlight for me.

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