NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR – NOMINATED FOR THE 2019 HUGO AWARD FOR BEST SERIES – WINNER OF THE 2016 LOCUS AWARD – NOMINATED FOR THE HUGO, NEBULA AND ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARDS.
DEATH AND NEW BEGINNINGS
Shuos Jedao is awake.
… and nothing is as he remembers. In his mind he’s a teenager, a cadet—a nobody. But he finds himself in the body of an old man, a general controlling the elite forces of the hexarchate, and the most feared—and reviled—man in the galaxy.
Jedao carries orders from Hexarch Nirai Kujen to re-conquer the fractured pieces of the hexarchate on his behalf. But he has no memory of ever being a soldier, let alone a general, and the Kel soldiers under his command hate him for a massacre he can’t remember committing.
Kujen’s friendliness can’t hide the fact that he’s a tyrant. And what’s worse, Jedao and Kujen are being hunted by an enemy who knows more about Jedao and his crimes than he does himself...
Lee concludes his brilliant Machineries of Empire trilogy (Raven Stratagem) with this volume that follows nine years after the soldier Kel Cheris who carries some of the memories of the assassin, general, and mass murderer Shuos Jedao has splintered the intergalactic hexarchate by creating a renegade calendar. Bewilderingly, Lee begins by introducing a newly conscious Jedao, one who last remembers life as a Shuos cadet and who owes his current existence to hexarch Nirai Kujen, hidden leader of the tech faction. Kujen has incarnated Jedao to lead his Kel troops to conquer the fragments of the hexarchate and reinstate the old calendar, with its remembrance celebrations that involved an untold number of deaths by torture. Each iteration of Jedao works to find a way to kill the seemingly immortal Kujen, whose consciousness is somehow sustained by the ritual sacrifices. Servitor robots and sentient moth spaceships also seek to be free of Kujen. Lee's highly imaginative creation, which includes military formations that can have effects as potent as weapons, is a triumph.