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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (851 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:
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The Quantum Rose is the story of Kamoj Argali, the young ruler of an impoverished province on the backward planet Balumil. To keep her people from starving, she has agreed to marry Jax Ironbridge, the boorish and brutal ruler of the prosperous neighboring province. But before they can be wed, a mysterious stranger from a distant planet arrives on government business in the wake of interstellar war. He sweeps in and forces Kamoj into marriage, throwing her world into utter chaos.

This interplanetary adventure, Beauty and the Beast with a science fiction twist, focuses on a compelling love triangle while also covering the clash of very different cultures and an approach to war that science fiction has almost never considered.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A freestanding page-turner as a romance, with a hard science framework.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Bolsters [Asaro’s] reputation for skillfully putting classic romance elements in an SF setting…The requisite happy ending arrives by way of sound characterization, straightforward plotting, abundant world-building detail, and almost as much humor.”


  • “A top-notch romantic adventure set against an impeccably crafted background…Asaro spins an enticing new fable…Fans of good science writing and emotional intensity are in for a real treat.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “A pure gift to fans of everything from fantasy romance to romantic science fiction. Asaro uses dazzling imagery, superb storytelling ability, interesting science, and intriguing drama to spin a story that will keep you turning the pages.”

    Romantic Reader

  • “A sturdy and absorbing addition to the series.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Asaro’s story-solving skills are honed to such an atom-splitting edge that only halfway through the book, she derives the main quantity of interest: True love.”


  • Audie Award Finalist
  • Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Moonglum | 2/20/2014

    " This book is unique stylistically, being a romance novel that is also a relatively non-violent space opera that is also an engineered metaphor for quantum mechanical interactions. I enjoyed the opportunity the book gave me to read something from a genre that I have never read before, and I liked the language and images Asaro uses-- mounts that are silvery-violet furred felines or crystal six legged stags, stained glass forests, ruby empires. Its all very romantic and lush. The plot and setting started out great, but after Kamoj leaves for space it becomes somewhat more run-of-the-mill, with your standard ancient, sentient alien artifacts, and political disputes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dena | 2/3/2014

    " Another great one in the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Cindy | 1/26/2014

    " I read this on recommendation from a library reading list, and I just hated it. I'm not sure why I finished it. The idea was not so bad. It started as a sort of Beauty and the Beast romance story, but got all political and there was too much violence against women in there. Not recommended at all, and I will never read another by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melanie | 1/22/2014

    " Really cheesy romance novel that is uber-nerdy at the same time (count the quantum physics references as you go...) "

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