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The Winter colonists have ruled Tiamat for 150 years, slaughtering the gentle sea mers in trade for off-world wealth. But soon the gate to the galactic Hegemony will close, Tiamat will be isolated, and the 150-year reign of the Summer primitive will begin. Unless Arienrhod, the ageless, corrupt Snow Queen, can commit a genocidal crime—and destroy destiny…unless Sparks Dawntreader, the Snow Queen’s companion, can survive sea and city palace and slums—and find destiny….unless Hegemony Commander Jerusha Palathion, and Snow Queen’s victim, can find one ally on Tiamat—and change destiny…And unless Moon Summer, a young mystic, can break a conspiracy that spans space—and control destiny. Because Moon is the Snow Queen’s lost weapon. The Snow Queen’s lost rival. The Snow Queen’s lost soul. Moon is the Snow Queen’s clone…
The Summer Queen is the extraordinary sequel to one of science fiction’s most celebrated novels, The Snow Queen. Set in a fully realized universe of wonders, this spectacular space epic, itself a finalist for the Hugo Award, is one of the most remarkable novels in the field.
A story that spans millennia, from the ruins of an ancient interstellar empire to the planets of the Hegemony that rules human space, The Summer Queen is the multi-layered story of Tiamat, a world where the dolphin-like mers are harvested for the youth-prolonging serum extracted from their blood. But Tiamat is much more, for beneath Carbuncle, its capital, lies the old empire’s greatest secret: an enormous forgotten technology which, though decaying, continues to affect the fates of the fallen empire’s remnant cultures via the sybil-network—a data bank that binds the past and the future in its web of knowledge, As the…[more]