"Exciting, Enthralling, Triumphant!"
After spending nearly two decades as a prisoner on Coba,
Kelric finally escapes. However, during his incarceration
many changes occurred in his family's Empire. The Radiance
War has left Kelric's kin either dead or imprisoned by the
Allied forces of Earth, who now rule the Skolian Empire.
The powerful telepathic communication link between Skolian,
Eubian, and Aristo has collapsed. Into that void, Kelric,
now the heir to the Skolian Empire flees by accepting a job
on a merchant vessel, but he is captured by the Aristo, who
also holds his brother prisoner. The Aristo plans to use
the siblings to open the Lock to the time-space continuum
portal that will make them the most powerful beings in the
universe. Kelric is the only hope to stop this dastardly
plan of universal domination.
ASCENDANT SUN, the fifth novel in Catherine Asaro's
fabulous Skolian Empire saga, is an exciting and
enthralling work of science fiction. The primary story line
is crisp and never slows down for a nanosecond. Kelric is a
wonderful hero whose previous struggles (see THE LAST HAWK)
seem soft compared to his current troubles. Though
newcomers will be lost with the complexities of the tale,
they, like series fans, will become gripped by the
lightning speed of the action and the radiant vastness of
the plot, sending new readers searching for the previous
novels. Ms. Asaro continues to rise in ascendancy to the
apogee of the science fiction universe with this triumphant
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 29, 2001
Kelric returns to Skolian space, only to find the Empire in control of the Allied forces of Earth. With little more than the clothes on his back, he is forced to take work on a merchant vessel, and ends up being sold into slavery.