The Great Experiment has failed. The Ten Thousand Year Empire of the Han has lasted less than two centuries and now not a single stack remains of the great city of ice that once covered the habitable earth. Europe is DeVore's, America is a brutal dictatorship, while the rest of the globe groans beneath the rule of callous warlords.
Li Yuan, once the most powerful man on earth, is now an exile in America. Banished to an endless round of tours and banquets, he unexpectedly finds a new role -- one that will once more tie him to the destiny of Chung Kuo.
And then there is Kim Ward, the Star-Seeker, the spider in the web. Will he leave Chung Kuo to its fate? Or will he turn his great fleet around and return to fight one final battle -- winner takes all?
|Series:||Chung Kuo Series , #8|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
The Marriage of the Living Dark is the eighth and final novel in the Chung Kuo series, most of which have been translated into many languages. David Wingrove lives in North London with his wife and four daughters.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've been reading Chung Kuo since the first volume, almost a decade ago. It's been a long wait for the end, which was supposed to be at seven volumes, not eight. MLD disappoints on several levels. It goes off in halucinatory territories that have little if any relationship to the previous seven volumes. We end up with metamorphosis and aliens... but the political intrigue, a linch-pin of previous CK novels, is lacking. Major characters end up dead... but the deaths don't even seem to drive the plot along. I was just left with the feeling that Wingrove was tired (and who could blame him after seven novels), and that # 8 was some kind of contractual obligation. A major disappointment, though the introduction of Daniel as a lead character did lift the plot, but it is just not enough.