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From the co-author of the viral New York Times bestseller This is How Your Lose the Time War.
“A classic space opera...a universe we’ve never seen before.” —Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author
From Hugo Award finalist Max Gladstone comes a smart, swashbuckling, wildly imaginative adventure; the saga of a rag-tag team of brilliant misfits, dangerous renegades, and enhanced outlaws in a war-torn future.
A wildly successful innovator to rival Steve Jobs or Elon Musk, Vivian Liao is prone to radical thinking, quick decision-making, and reckless action. On the eve of her greatest achievement, she tries to outrun people who are trying to steal her success.
In the chilly darkness of a Boston server farm, Viv sets her ultimate plan into motion. A terrifying instant later, Vivian Liao is catapulted through space and time to a far future where she confronts a destiny stranger and more deadly than she could ever imagine.
The end of time is ruled by an ancient, powerful Empress who blesses or blasts entire planets with a single thought. Rebellion is literally impossible to consider--until Vivian Liao arrives. Trapped between the Pride—a ravening horde of sentient machines—and a fanatical sect of warrior monks who call themselves the Mirrorfaith, Viv must rally a strange group of allies to confront the Empress and find a way back to the world and life she left behind.
A magnificent work of vivid imagination and universe-spanning action, Empress of Forever is a feminist Guardians of the Galaxy crossed with Star Wars and spiced with the sensibility and spirit of Iain M. Banks and William Gibson.
“Empress of Forever is tense and vast, complex and twisty, a space opera epic that’s a lot faster on the draw than Star Wars or Star Trek ever dreamed of being. But at its core, it’s an epic about the value of empathy and the importance of compassion. It’s amazingly good.”—Locus
“With Empress of Forever, Max Gladstone’s remarkable talent is operating at full stretch, demonstrating the strength, power, and originality at his command. This unique and propulsive novel yields a deep, cellular-level enchantment filled at every turn with curiosity and delight.”—Peter Straub
“Empress of Forever is a story that will make you weep with wonder. The whole book is filled with the kind of snark that I love and an endless majesty of stars. It broke me to pieces and then stitched me back together with golden thread. Simply glorious.”—K.B. Wagers, author of Behind the Throne
“Galaxy-saving space opera with cool original settings and a unique band of adventurers that change each other for the better. It was a wild ride and I really enjoyed it.”—Martha Wells, Hugo Award-winning author of The Murderbot Diaries
“Incorporates wonder and wit to create a feminist, humanist playground. Introduces one mind-blowing concept after another, capitalizing on the concept of personal power while candidly addressing personal failure. This feast for the imagination intelligently captures the complexities of a variety of relationships in an adrenaline-fueled series of escapades and will leave readers both exhausted and elated.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A fantastic tale of adventure on the grandest scale of epic space opera, spanning galaxies full of battles and traps as well as trade and negotiation, all told with humor as the crew seeks allies, weapons, and ships to fight back against The Empress to save the galaxy—and so Viv can find her way home.”—Booklist, starred review
“Vivian is an amazing woman: with no more than her sharp wit in a universe of AIs and enhanced beings, she still ends up being the key to the truth. Gladstone's epic space opera and fast-paced adventure will thrill readers.”—Library Journal, starred review
Also Available by Max Gladstone:
The Craft Sequence
1. Three Parts Dead
2. Two Serpents Rise
3. Full Fathom Five
4. Last First Snow
5. Four Roads Cross
6. Ruin of Angels
The Craft Wars
1. Dead Country
2. Wicked Problems
Empress of Forever
This is How You Lose the Time War (with Amal El-Mohtar)
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About Max Gladstone
Other books by Max Gladstone
The Witch Who Came In From The Cold: The Complete Season 1Lindsay Smith and Max Gladstone and Cassandra Rose Clarke and Ian Tregillis and Michael Swanwick
The Witch Who Came In From The Cold: The Complete Season 2Lindsay Smith and Max Gladstone and Cassandra Rose Clarke and Ian Tregillis and Fran Wilde
Bookburners: The Complete Season 5Max Gladstone and Margaret Dunlap and Mur Lafferty and Brian Francis Slattery and Andrea Phillips
Sunspot Jungle, Vol. 2Bill Campbell and Daniel José Older and John Jennings and Nick Harkaway and Ken Liu and Nalo Hopkinson and Tananarive Due and Max Gladstone and Nisi Shawl and Carmen Maria Machado and Tobias S. Buckell and Karen Lord
Bookburners: The Complete Season 4Max Gladstone and Margaret Dunlap and Brian Francis Slattery and Mur Lafferty and Andrea Phillips
Bookburners: The Complete Season 3Max Gladstone and Margaret Dunlap and Brian Francis Slattery and Andrea Phillips and Mur Lafferty
Bookburners: The Complete Season 2Max Gladstone and Margaret Dunlap and Brian Francis Slattery and Andrea Phillips and Mur Lafferty and Amal El-Mohtar
Bookburners: The Complete Season 1Max Gladstone and Mur Lafferty and Brian Francis Slattery and Margaret Dunlap and Brian Francis Slattery
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