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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (660 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Catherine Asaro Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Saga of the Skolian Empire Series Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781455179206
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When a young girl from Earth falls in love with a handsome stranger, she becomes a pawn in an interstellar war.

In the distant future, the Skolian Empire rules one third of the human galaxy, and is the most powerful of all. For the ruling family has the power of telepathy, and through it, the ability to communicate faster than light, across interstellar space. But their most determined enemy, the traders, who thrive on human pain, need to interbreed with a Skolian to gain their powers. And now they have her.

Full of action, adventure, space and time travel, and romance, this second installment in Catherine Asaro’s saga of the Skolian Empire is a gripping tale.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Asaro, who’s a physicist, offers an intelligent exploration of possible links between telepathy and quantum physics and informs many of the scenes between the lovers with power and tenderness.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Once again, Fields brings her formidable narration skills to a story of adventure and political intrigue…Fields creates clear pictures of a variety of characters with a range of motives, including ‘bionic’ humans and computers whose artificial intelligence gives them more personality than some of the people.”

    AudioFile

  • “In this sensual tale of telepathy and love between Mayan descendants of different worlds and times, Asaro continues to develop the Skolian culture. Recommended.”

    Library Journal

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 2/19/2014

    " Sci-fi romance. Off the top of my head, it's the only attempt I've heard of to make the Mayan culture relevant in a star spanning civilization. Not bad, just not me. If it's your thing, you'll likely like it a lot. I checked out a couple of reviews before I wrote this one, it's interesting that this one does seem to skew along gender lines in my limited checking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 1/15/2014

    " I was surprised by the amount of romance at the beginning of the book but half way through it doesn't become the main focus point of the book. Overall a good read if you enjoy a good sci-fi romance book that isn't erotica (although there are some explicit parts--I think--in the beginning). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 12/26/2013

    " I have so read her books out of order! This was another fascinating read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Scribal | 12/26/2013

    " Really horribly written--this was the only one in the series that I actually regret reading. I kept thinking I'd learn something that would shed light on other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Linzey | 11/15/2013

    " If you like interesting sci fi... I recomend you pick up Asaro's work. I read everything my old library had and could get and now that I have moved I am picking up the rest of her works! Very interesting... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 9/30/2013

    " fun and good character development, as usual for the author "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paxnirvana | 5/12/2013

    " ahhhhH! bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stasha | 10/4/2012

    " Physics, fluff, archeology, mythology...Oh My! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 5/20/2012

    " good. story moves along - pretty good for a non syfy fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ahsinad | 12/16/2011

    " I thought the book would continue the story of jabriol and saus but this was about two other characters but a great read nontheless "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Taylor | 9/18/2011

    " So stupid and poorly written...yet I thoroughly enjoyed it - though not as much as Primary Inversion . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 6/9/2011

    " Another good science fiction book. I do think I may be reading them out of order though. Off to the Radiant Seas.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ahsinad | 5/11/2011

    " I thought the book would continue the story of jabriol and saus but this was about two other characters but a great read nontheless
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 5/10/2010

    " good. story moves along - pretty good for a non syfy fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 4/6/2010

    " If you like interesting sci fi... I recomend you pick up Asaro's work. I read everything my old library had and could get and now that I have moved I am picking up the rest of her works! Very interesting... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 1/14/2010

    " This series is great for anyone who likes sci-fi mixed with romance. A very imaginative and complex story with well-developed characters. I learned a bit about astro physics too. Not sure if I totally comprehend everything but....still fun for a layman like me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jedishampoo | 10/23/2009

    " Oh, my this was not good. Man from futuristic space-going civilization lands on modern-day Earth, seduces the 17-year-old virgin from the 'hood, the one with a heart of gold and friends at the university who can help him get home. Oh, good heavens, please, no. Skeev meets cliche. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 6/17/2009

    " fun and good character development, as usual for the author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 5/17/2009

    " I enjoyed this book, and am enjoying the entire series. Highly recommend it to SF fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 10/20/2008

    " in an alternate universe, from the far future, a Ruby Prince practically crash-lands in the US...

    Makes me ITCH to see the events that lead us from "where" we are in the current storyline to here (about 50 years?) "

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About the Author
Author Catherine Asaro

Catherine Asaro, science fiction and fantasy author, grew up near Berkeley, California. She earned a PhD in chemical physics and an MA in physics, both from Harvard, and a BS with highest honors in chemistry from UCLA. The Quantum Rose won the 2001 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and The Spacetime Pool won the 2008 Nebula Award for Best Novella.

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.