Sun of Suns: Virga, Book One

Karl Schroeder, Author . Tor $24.95 (318p) ISBN 978-0-765-31543-4

The swashbuckling space settlers of Schroeder's fantastical novel (after 2005's Lady of Mazes ) inhabit warring nation-states inside a planet-sized balloon called Virga. This adventure-filled tale of sword fights and naval battles stars young Hayden Griffin of the nation of Aerie, orphaned by an attack on the artificial sun that his parents tried to build. He grows up to seek vengeance against the man who led it, Adm. Chaison Fanning of the nation Slipstream. Getting close to Fanning, though, entails infiltrating the flagship Rook and interfering in the schemes of the admiral's wife, the devious Venera. Schroeder layers in scientific rationales for his air-filled, gravity-poor world—with its spinning cylinder towns and miles-long icebergs—but the real fun of this coming-of-age tale includes a pirate treasure hunt and grand scale naval invasions set in the cold, far reaches of space. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 09/04/2006
Release date: 10/01/2006
Genre: Fiction
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