Queen of Candesce

Book Two of Virga

Virga (Volume 2 of 5)

Karl Schroeder

Macmillan Audio

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Venera Fanning was last seen falling into nothingness at the end of Sun of Suns. Now, in Queen of Candesce, Venera finds herself plunging through the air among the artificial worlds of Virga, far from home and her husband, who may or may not be alive. Landing in the ancient nation of Spyre, Venera encounters new enemies and new friends (or at least convenient allies). She must quickly learn who she can trust, and who she can manipulate in order to survive.
 
Survival isn’t her only goal; with the powerful Key of Candesce in her hands, she can control the fate of the entire world of Virga, yet something even more pressing is driving her—the all consuming need for revenge.

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Chapter One

A low beamed ceiling swam into focus. Venera Fanning frowned at it, then winced as pain shot through her jaw. She was definitely alive, she decided ruefully.

She was—but was Chaison Fanning also among the living, or was Venera now a widow? That was it, she had been trying to get back to her husband, Chaison Fanning. Trying to get home—

Sitting up proved impossible. The slightest motion sent waves of pain through her; she felt like she’d been skinned. She moaned involuntarily.

“You’re awake?” The thickly accented words had

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Praise for Queen of Candesce

Oh, what worldbuilding! Schroeder is a master."
--Cory Doctorow

“Lushly realized . . .  Queen of Candesce has a backdrop that’s simultaneously steampunk and space opera, a complex and believably flawed lead character, and plenty of action and intrigue.”
--Interzone

“With Queen of Candesce, Karl Schroeder’s Virga saga establishes itself as an SF saga of the same order as LeGuin’s Earthsea series, Asimov’s Robot stories, and Niven’s Ringworld stories.”
--SFRevu

"Over the years, science-fiction has provided us with awesome environments, the best ones based on careful logic. There was Hal Clement's Mission of Gravity and Robert Forward's Dragon's Egg. Karl Schroeder's new novel is in a class with these masterpieces.”
--Vernor Vinge on Sun of Suns


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Karl Schroeder

KARL SCHROEDER lives in Toronto, Ontario

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Queen of Candesce
Book Two of Virga
Karl Schroeder

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
June 2008
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427205889
ISBN10: 1427205884
Audio Run Time: 10:00
$19.99

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Tor Books
December 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429983709
ISBN10: 1429983701
336 pages
$7.99
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