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The Killing of Worlds

The Killing of Worlds

Book Two of Succession

Succession (Volume 2)

Scott Westerfeld

Tor Science Fiction

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Scott Westerfeld, the acclaimed author of Fine Prey, Polymorph, and Evolution's Darling, follows The Risen Empire with the next thrilling space opera in Succession, the Killing of Worlds.

Cut off by an Imperial blockade of the planet, a Rix compound mind has guided a lone Rix commando, Herd, a single warrior backed by the intelligence of an entire planet, and pitted her against the Imperial army in a desperate attempt to break the blockade.

Ten light-years away, a deadly game of political intrigue against the Emperor plays out in his war council. One senator suspects the Rix mind has found a hidden weakness, a secret so dangerous to the Emperor that he is willing to countenance the ultimate crime. . . .

The killing of worlds.

Militia Worker


The contrail of a supersonic aircraft blossomed weakly in the thin, dry air, barely marking the sky.
Rana Harter imagined the passengers far above: reclining in sculpted crash-safe chairs, the air they breathed...

Praise for The Killing of Worlds

Praise for The Risen Empire:

"Westerfeld's exceptionally smart and empathetic novel, the first of two in a series, confirms the buzz that space opera is one of the most exciting branches of current SF. . . . Keeping the reader constantly off-balance, Westerfeld skillfully integrates extreme technologies with human characters." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Proof that space opera can be as complex and sophisticated as any other form of literature. Doc Smith would barely recognize it." —Mike Resnick

"In Westerfeld's hands, science fiction's cutting edge is wielded with both the precision of a surgeon's scalpel and the wild abandon of a machete." —Wil McCarthy

"The Risen Empire glows with sense of wonder. I loved it." —Ed Greenwood

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Scott Westerfeld

Scott Westerfeld is a software designer, a composer of music for modern dance, and the author of novels such as The Risen Empire and The Killing of Worlds. He lives in New York City and Sydney, Australia.

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