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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: May 2008 ISBN: 9781455180929
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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.”

    Booklist

  • “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.”

    sffaudio.com

  • 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 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 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 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 Melanie | 1/22/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 1/17/2014

    " Just looking for Fantasy books by authors I had not read before. This one surprised me as it had a romance in it. Interesting descriptions of the different planets and the people and customs on them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney | 1/16/2014

    " Good addition to the Skolian saga. I wish that it included more conflict with the Traders. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erinaceina | 1/13/2014

    " The concept behind this book is beautiful and carefully mapped out. Unfortunately, the narrative thread is weak. The sections on Balumil and Lyshriol barely seem to be connected. And while the characters were clearly intended to be likable, I found that their passivity infuriated me. Of course, this passivity was part of the aforementioned concept, so perhaps I shouldn't complain. Nevertheless, I'm glad that I read this book, and glad that it's over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginnie | 1/12/2014

    " This book pulls the heartstrings "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Linzey | 1/9/2014

    " I like the world this is set on. Different from the others and it really leads into the rest of the stories well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Mason | 1/5/2014

    " Started off a bit slow but picked up a bit and earned its place as a fine - but not super - addition to this space opera. Very interesting major theme of individuals in abusive relationships about which I actually craved more development. Hard to do, I am sure, without being heavy handed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ferret | 1/5/2014

    " I think all I need to say about this is that it's a romance novel where the love triangle is diagrammed according to quantum collision theory. That's enticement enough for most of the people I know. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Beth | 12/29/2013

    " Lot less romance and a lot more sci-fi than I expected. I like that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scribal | 12/20/2013

    " it seems like a side story in the series and very heavy on the romance "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny Jeffries | 12/16/2013

    " Another of the Skolian novels, which are proving a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicia | 11/28/2013

    " Quite good, although I think some of the trauma suffered by the female protagonist was unnecessary. I'm starting to really feel that traumatizing the characters (and thus the readers) is done excessively. This was definitely sci-fi romance, right down to the telepathic guy theme. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xdyj | 8/1/2013

    " A space opera/romance. The world-building is interesting & reminds me of CJ Cherryh, and the reference/allusion to physics is nice & clever, though I sort of wonder why they would present quantum physics in the same way as we do if they develop all their science independently. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 4/1/2013

    " This certainly qualifies as space opera to me. Scattered humanity, genetically alterations, empires rising and falling, cultural clashes as isolated communities are brought back to the fold all, star-crossed lovers and above all happy endings! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/19/2013

    " For a Nebula winner this one was a little thin, though there were interesting gender and genetics issues raised. I'd probably give another of her book in this series a chance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 12/29/2012

    " Romance and Adventure written by someone who knows Physics. Awesomeness. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 4/26/2012

    " While the ideas of genetic selection and physics were interesting, they were occasionally overshadowed by the pushed romance. It was a good book but I wish their could have been more politics and less romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trey Wren | 3/17/2012

    " As you can see from my ratings of the Skolian empire novels, I am a sucker for well written romantic SF of which Catherine Asaro is the poster child. This is one of the best of this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roberta | 11/1/2011

    " This is my favorite of Catherine Asaro's hard science fiction books. She is a physicist, and it shows in her fiction. But she also writes great romance. Mostly, it's fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 6/24/2011

    " Another of the Skolian novels, which are proving a great read.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicia | 8/13/2010

    " Quite good, although I think some of the trauma suffered by the female protagonist was unnecessary. I'm starting to really feel that traumatizing the characters (and thus the readers) is done excessively. This was definitely sci-fi romance, right down to the telepathic guy theme. "

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

    " I like the world this is set on. Different from the others and it really leads into the rest of the stories well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/29/2010

    " Started off a bit slow but picked up a bit and earned its place as a fine - but not super - addition to this space opera. Very interesting major theme of individuals in abusive relationships about which I actually craved more development. Hard to do, I am sure, without being heavy handed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 cynesthesia | 1/22/2010

    " For a Nebula winner this one was a little thin, though there were interesting gender and genetics issues raised. I'd probably give another of her book in this series a chance. "

  • 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 Ginnie | 2/15/2009

    " This book pulls the heartstrings
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Beth | 2/3/2009

    " Lot less romance and a lot more sci-fi than I expected. I like that. "

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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.