The Sundering: Dread Empire's Fall

The Sundering: Dread Empire's Fall

by Walter Jon Williams

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The Sundering: Dread Empire's Fall 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Praxis Empire is embroiled in civil war as the Naxid try to take control. Gareth Martinez and Caroline Sula, two human heroes of earlier battles between the Naxid and the loyalists, work together from their respective ships to formulate new battle tactics to face the larger fleets of the rebels. Their relationship grows through these long-distance exchanges and sparks fly when their ships return to Zanshaa, the capitol planet. Will the ambitious Martinez be able to overcome the jealousy and inertia of his superiors and put their innovative plans into action? Will their romance survive Caroline¿s dark secret? The Sundering picks up where the first book, The Praxis, ended and the books should be read in sequence. The plot is a well-balanced mix of political maneuvering, exciting combat sequences, and romantic entanglements. This series reminds me of the space operas by Peter Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds with a slightly more manageable cast of characters. It¿s refreshing to read well-plotted space battles that pay attention to the laws of physics. The main characters are compelling and definitely have their share of flaws as well as virtues. Martinez is developed more in this book as he struggles to keep his arrogance and hot temper from thwarting his ambitions. Williams¿ has an easy to read writing style and the series so far has an interesting and not entirely predictable story line.
LynndaEll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The Sundering" begins where "The Praxis" ended, with little or no back story. It's a very good middle to the trilogy. The Nexids made their opening bid to take over as the Grand Masters of the universe. Naturally, they were forstalled by Martinez and Lady Sula and a few others. Unfortunately, only a handfull of loyal space ships survive the initial trap. The question is this: can the loyalists learn the way to break enough of the rules of warfare that are followed by both sides so that they can win?Things are complicated because no one in power likes the heroes. This one is a page-burner. I stayed up after midnight several times to see what would happen next. The twists are logical and devious and build suspense. Keep reading...
jmvilches on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Praxis Empire is embroiled in civil war as the Naxid try to take control. Gareth Martinez and Caroline Sula, two human heroes of earlier battles between the Naxid and the loyalists, work together from their respective ships to formulate new battle tactics to face the larger fleets of the rebels. Their relationship grows through these long-distance exchanges and sparks fly when their ships return to Zanshaa, the capitol planet. Will the ambitious Martinez be able to overcome the jealousy and inertia of his superiors and put their innovative plans into action? Will their romance survive Caroline's dark secret?The Sundering picks up where the first book, The Praxis, ended and the books should be read in sequence. The plot is a well-balanced mix of political maneuvering, exciting combat sequences, and romantic entanglements. This series reminds me of the space operas by Peter Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds with a slightly more manageable cast of characters.It's refreshing to read well-plotted space battles that pay attention to the laws of physics. The main characters are compelling and definitely have their share of flaws as well as virtues. Martinez is developed more in this book as he struggles to keep his arrogance and hot temper from thwarting his ambitions. Williams' has an easy to read writing style and the series so far has an interesting and not entirely predictable story line.3 Stars
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I enjoyed this even more than the first book in the series and I really liked that one. I will read the 3rd and final book in the series as soon as I get it. If you enjoy space battles and alot of action this book is for you.