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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (498 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karl Schroeder Narrator: Joyce Irvine Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Virga Series Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781427205889
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Venera Fanning was last seen falling into nothingness at the end of Sun of Suns. Now, in Queen of Candesce, Venera finds herself plunging through the air among the artificial worlds of Virga, far from home and her husband, who may or may not be alive. Landing in the ancient nation of Spyre, Venera encounters new enemies and new friends (or at least convenient allies). She must quickly learn who she can trust, and who she can manipulate in order to survive.

Survival isn't her only goal; with the powerful Key of Candesce in her hands, she can control the fate of the entire world of Virga, yet something even more pressing is driving her—the all consuming need for revenge.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Over the years, science-fiction has provided us with awesome environments, the best ones based on careful logic. There was Hal Clement's Mission of Gravity and Robert Forward's Dragon's Egg. Karl Schroeder's new novel is in a class with these masterpieces. Vernor Vinge on Sun of Suns

  • “Oh, what worldbuilding! Schroeder is a master. Cory Doctorow

  • Lushly realized . . . Queen of Candesce has a backdrop that's simultaneously steampunk and space opera, a complex and believably flawed lead character, and plenty of action and intrigue. Interzone
  • With Queen of Candesce, Karl Schroeder's Virga saga establishes itself as an SF saga of the same order as LeGuin's Earthsea series, Asimov's Robot stories, and Niven's Ringworld stories. SFRevu

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mia | 2/16/2014

    " A fun book, though some of the plot devices stretched credibility a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/24/2014

    " Venera Fanning is an intriguing character, not the typical unsung hero that you get in a lot of sci-fi and fantasy. She is calculating, crafty, and intelligent. It was definitely interesting and entertaining to read a story from her perspective, but I don't think I enjoyed it quite as much as the first in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 12/29/2013

    " A worthy sequel with a very different feel. Perhaps even better than the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chadwick | 12/26/2013

    " Drink this book down like a bottle of good Italian bubbly, a Malvasia preferably. It goes down fast and easy, and doesn't feel bad doing it. Adventure, intrigue, some cool ideas, and bang and over. An afternoon's pleasant work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karlo | 11/15/2013

    " Second book in the series. I found that it was better then the first; the world building (which gets a lot of mention in professional reviews) is really first rate. The character development of Fanning from Book 1 was great, and Dismandis were very engaging. Looking very forward to the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sergio Poo | 11/13/2013

    " Great follow up to Sun of Suns. The change of main character is something I enjoyed since we got to see this character in a new light, and the world building keeps getting better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vincent Wood | 10/1/2013

    " I enjoyed it. I certainly found it more interesting than book 1. The world of Virga is imaginitive, although there were times where I had to suspend my disbelief in order to enjoy the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 11/5/2012

    " Good follow up of "Sun of Suns". Again, I was impressed with the world that Schroeder has put together. This one was focused on a giant state-ring floating in the balloon-world of Virga. Ancient and crumbling, paranoid and vicious, my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marina | 10/9/2012

    " An original world. Schroeder has a great imagination. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kitsuniku | 8/25/2012

    " Definately pickup from Book 1, Sun of Suns. Once I was able to get going with it the book became harder to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 4/3/2012

    " More of everything! fast, awesome worlds and characters. I think I caught a few nods to Wolfe's Book of the Long Sun which made it even cooler to me. Badass. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Hobbs | 2/20/2012

    " Even better than Sun of Suns. Venera Fanning is a great character. I'm naming my first daughter after her and my first son after Karl Schroeder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 6/27/2011

    " A much better plot than the first book and keeps all that is best. There is nothing not to like here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marina | 5/3/2011

    " An original world. Schroeder has a great imagination. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mia | 3/28/2011

    " A fun book, though some of the plot devices stretched credibility a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vincent | 1/26/2010

    " I enjoyed it. I certainly found it more interesting than book 1. The world of Virga is imaginitive, although there were times where I had to suspend my disbelief in order to enjoy the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karlo | 3/16/2009

    " Second book in the series. I found that it was better then the first; the world building (which gets a lot of mention in professional reviews) is really first rate. The character development of Fanning from Book 1 was great, and Dismandis were very engaging. Looking very forward to the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 2/19/2009

    " A worthy sequel with a very different feel. Perhaps even better than the first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 9/22/2008

    " Good follow up of "Sun of Suns". Again, I was impressed with the world that Schroeder has put together. This one was focused on a giant state-ring floating in the balloon-world of Virga. Ancient and crumbling, paranoid and vicious, my favorite. "

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About the Author

Karl Schroeder was born in Brandon, Manitoba, and is the second science fiction writer to come out of the small community. He now lives in Toronto with his wife and their daughter.