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What's worse than losing your memory and not knowing who or where you are? Well, a lot of things. Such as finding out that where you are is half a galaxy away from where you want to be, or that where you want to be may not even exist anymore. Or that the reason you want to be there is your family, who may all be dead. Or that where you are, there are groups of people looking for you to make you just as dead.
In this seventh installment of the Saga of the Skolian Empire, Dyhianna is gathering memories one piece at a time while trying to avoid capture at the hands of what she eventually realizes are Razers from the Trader Empire. Each memory that returns adds to her utter despair. Memories of her husband and son's deaths or enslavement at the hands of the Traders, memories of the vast galactic destruction from the Radiance Wars between the Skolians and the Traders, and memories of her own special abilities to command the Psiberweb -- the Intergalactic communication system -- which now appear to be gone.
While she struggles to piece together members of her Ruby Dynasty and stabilize her shattered empire by assuming absolute power, she faces resistance from her own people as well as continuing incursions from the Traders and opportunistic forces of the previously neutral Allieds.
Hugo and Nebula nominee Catherine Asaro blends hard science and anthropology to create a culture -- from language and dress to customs and heritage -- pausing periodically to explain its evolution over the 6,000 years of its history. Fans of the series will be enthralled, as will anyone already familiar with series like Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan saga.