Kelric Valdoria, whose Skolian family runs the interplanetary Imperiate that rules the over the known galaxy, is out between the stars when his spaceship is attacked. Kelric survives because his ship drops far from the attackers and crashes on Coba, a planet that is outside the Imperiate’s rule. As Kelric recovers from his wounds, he finds himself in a very different world from the one he knows.
Coba is ruled by 12 Estates, all of whom are run by women. Men are generally held in low esteem beyond their sexual desirability, and have duties as caretakers for their children. Women can have more than one husband, as long as she has the means to provide for them. Kelric’s attempted escapes, his entanglements with high-placed women who desire him, his concern for his children, his rise as a high-level expert in this society’s all-important game of Quis, provide great entertainment in this novel set in Asaro’s highly praised Skolian Empire.
On PRIMARY INVERSION:
"One of the best SF first novels in years."
"An imaginative debut that takes off at a frantic pace, with dazzling technology, stirring battles and mental hijinks ... plenty of energy and invention."
- Kirkus Reviews
on the SKOLIAN EMPIRE series:
"One of the major series in the genre."
- SF Chronicle
"Asaro's Skolian saga is now nearly as long and in many ways as compelling as DUNE, if not more so."
"Catherine Asaro brings the feel of science back into science fiction."
- Donald M. Kingsbury, author of COURTSHIP RITE and PSYCHOHISTORICAL CRISES
"Known for her brilliance at combining science, adventure and riveting characterization, Catherine Asaro breaks new territory..."
- Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author of THE WILD CHILD and THE RAKE
On CATHERINE ASARO:
"Physicist Asaro combines hard speculative science and first-rate storytelling."
"Readers seeking the harmonious meld of hard SF's rigor and human chemistry's heat should read Catherine Asaro's fiction."
- SciFi Weekly
"Asaro's portrait of interstellar intrigue, weird socio-political customs and galactic history has come to approach the neighborhood of such classics as Frank Herbert's DUNE series."