An “engaging and awe-inspiring”(SF Signal) space opera from the critically-acclaimed author of the Revelation Space series.
Six million years ago, at the dawn of the star-faring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones, which she called shatterlings. She sent them out into the galaxy to observe and document the rise and fall of countless human empires. Since then, every two hundred thousand years, they gather to exchange news and memories of their travels.
Only there is no Gathering. Someone is eliminating the Gentian line. And now Campion and Purslane—two shatterlings who have fallen in love and shared forbidden experiences—must determine exactly who, or what, their enemy is, before they are wiped out of existence...
Reynolds (The Prefect) returns to the universe of his 2005 novella Thousandth Night in this sprawling novel of intergalactic intrigue. It is 6.4 million years in the future and humanity has spread throughout the Milky Way. Some cultures have established transient empires across space; others, the Lines, have used relativistic travel to colonize deep time. Clone-siblings Campion and Purslane are delayed on their way to a Gentian Line reunion, a coincidence that saves them from a massacre. Allied with potentially hostile Machine People and an enigmatic post-human god called the Spirit, armed only with fragmentary records and hints that Campion's research provoked the mysterious House of Suns, the Gentian survivors struggle to find and stop their enemies before the genocide can be completed. Intriguing ideas and competent characterization make this a fine example of grand-scale relativistic space opera.
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A Beautiful Work
“House of Suns” made me laugh, made me cry, made me gasp at unparalleled representations of starscapes, far worlds, and deep time.
The characters compelling, the axioms fascinating, and the quality of writing exceedingly artful, I cannot recommend this any higher.
Couldn't put it down!
This novel really scratched the itch for me. Great hard Sci Fi Space Opera with a beautifully imagined future and intriguing characters. The digital version is a poorly scanned in that in the entire text does not contain the letter Z. If you don't mind reading misspelled "z" words, the rest is tolerable. Shame on iBooks. Great novel though. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Great book, terrible editing
I've never read a book with this many obvious and just plain silly spelling errors. It was to the point of difficult to ignore. Also there is little distinction on who's talking during the dialogue which also gets frustratingly annoying. HOWEVER; it was a great story and one that kept me wanting for more. I'd recommend the read, just be prepared for several stutter stop moments when the sentence fails to make sense as en tir wrods or phra ses have bee screwd up.