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The Will to Battle—the third book of 2017 John W. Campbell Award winner Ada Palmer's Terra Ignota series—a political science fiction epic of extraordinary audacity
“A cornucopia of dazzling, sharp ideas set in rich, wry prose that rewards rumination with layers of delight. Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent.” —Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings
The long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end.
Peace and order are now figments of the past. Corruption, deception, and insurgency hum
within the once steadfast leadership of the Hives, nations without fixed location.
The heartbreaking truth is that for decades, even centuries, the leaders of the great Hives
bought the world’s stability with a trickle of secret murders, mathematically planned. So
that no faction could ever dominate. So that the balance held.
The Hives’ façade of solidity is the only hope they have for maintaining a semblance of
order, for preventing the public from succumbing to the savagery and bloodlust of wars
past. But as the great secret becomes more and more widely known, that façade is
Just days earlier, the world was a pinnacle of human civilization. Now everyone—Hives
and hiveless, Utopians and sensayers, emperors and the downtrodden, warriors and
saints—scrambles to prepare for the seemingly inevitable war.
“Seven Surrenders veers expertly between love, murder, mayhem, parenthood, theology, and high politics. I haven't had this much fun with a book in a long time.” —Max Gladstone, author of Three Parts Dead
Terra Ignota Series
1. Too Like the Lightning
2. Seven Surrenders
3. The Will to Battle
CHAPTER THE FIRST
We the Alphabet
Written July 6, 2454
Hubris it is, reader, to call one’s self the most anything in history: the most powerful, the most mistreated, the most alone. Experience,...