Venera Fanning was last seen falling into nothingness at the end ofSun of Suns. Now, inQueen of Candesce, Venera finds herself plunging through the air between the artificial continents of Virga, far from home and her husband, who may or may not be alive. Landing in the ancient nation of Spyre, Venera encounters new enemies and new friends (or at least convenient allies). She must quickly learn who she can trust, and who she can manipulate in order to survive.Queen of Candesce is her story.
Karl Schroeder lives in Toronto, Ontario.
“Oh, what worldbuilding! Schroeder is a master."
“Lushly realized . . . Queen of Candesce has a backdrop that’s simultaneously steampunk and space opera, a complex and believably flawed lead character, and plenty of action and intrigue.”
“WithQueen of Candesce, Karl Schroeder’s Virga saga establishes itself as an SF saga of the same order as LeGuin’s Earthsea series, Asimov’s Robot stories, and Niven’s Ringworld stories.”
"Over the years, science-fiction has provided us with awesome environments, the best ones based on careful logic. There was Hal Clement'sMission of Gravity and Robert Forward'sDragon's Egg. Karl Schroeder's new novel is in a class with these masterpieces.”
--Vernor Vinge onSun of Suns